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  The National Distance Running Hall of Fame Names Ken Foreman the 2003 Bill Bowerman Coaching Award Recipient

July 9, 2003 (Utica, New York) -- The National Distance Running Hall of Fame presents the 2003 Bill Bowerman Coaching Award to Dr. Ken Foreman, of Kailua Kona, Hi. Foreman, the legendary Seattle Pacific University track & field coach for 38 years, will receive his award at the National Distance Running Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 12, at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Performing Arts Center in Utica, New York.

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame established The Bill Bowerman Coaching Award with Nike, Inc. in 2001 to recognize Bowerman's outstanding coaching ability, his idealism, and his inspirational guidance. Foreman was a pioneer in coaching women’s distance runners, the most notable being Doris Brown Heritage, Distance Running Hall of Fame Class of 2002. Foreman served as head coach of U.S. women’s national teams many times, including the 1980 Olympic Games, 1983 World Championships, 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1967, ’70 and ’73 World Cross Country Championships.

In three different stints (1950-57, 65-78 and 85-99) as Seattle Pacific coach, Foreman guided 20 distance runners to All-America status, including six national champions. His Falcon Track Club; however, a forerunner to the SPU women’s varsity program, spawned even greater runners. Heritage won five consecutive world cross country titles, she and Vicki Foltz won a combined six U.S. titles and the Falcon Track Club won the 1972 national cross country championship.

In an age when the likes of Heritage were restricted to racing distances no more than 800 meters, Foreman advocated for events of greater length, often citing scientific proof of females’ capabilities. He served as race director of the first U.S. Olympic marathon trials in 1984, the 1990 Goodwill Games marathon and Seattle’s Emerald City Marathon from 1985-89. Foreman was the U.S. chairman of the women’s long distance running and served as assistant national coach for the marathon at both the 1987 World Championships and 1988 Olympic Games.

Nominated by fellow coaches and former athletes, Foreman was recognized for his dedication to his sport and to his athletes through motivating thousands of people to believe in themselves. In particular, Foreman is well known for a motivational speech he called the “REACH” speech. The REACH speech was about setting goals and expecting them to be achieved, and then actualizing those goals through behavior, Foreman has profoundly influenced thousands of athletes. Foreman has demonstrated that there is no greater calling than being a coach. “Coach Foreman taught us to give nothing less than our best effort in everything that we do,” said Jack Hoyt, Head Track & Field Coach, Seattle Pacific University. “When you let Coach Foreman know your goals, you have made a pact with a very powerful man, and you’d rather be dead than not hold up your end of the bargain. There are no half-hearted commitments with Coach Foreman. He believes in bringing out the best in athletes by holding high expectations for their performance, training, and commitment to the sport.” Foreman’s dedication and influence on his athletes extended far beyond the track, as he powerfully touched the lives of so many, and continues to do so through the legacy that he lives.

“As with others who are our best, Dr. Foreman needs to be honored and remembered or we loose a part of ourselves, the meaningful soul of our sport,” former athlete and longtime friend Doris Brown Heritage said. “Like Bowerman himself, Coach Foreman is one of the few who doesn’t take the pain that accompanies progress away, but with a short swift phrase, points the right direction.”

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame will present Foreman with a 2.5-foot high 46-pound bronze sculpture of Bowerman. The award is a smaller version of the life-size statue of Bill Bowerman, now residing at the University of Oregon. The National Distance Running Hall of Fame also houses a replica of the award, which lists Foreman and previous award winners, Jeff Johnson and Bill Squires. “Bill Bowerman was someone who positively affected the running world, introduced the United States to the importance of jogging and fitness, and touched the lives of many athletes throughout his career,” John Petrone, co-director, National Distance Running Hall of Fame, said. “By presenting an annual Bill Bowerman Award during the induction ceremony, we will continue to honor coaches for embodying the spirit of Bowerman and will recognize them for their accomplishments in front of an audience of their peers and Hall of Fame honorees who have been the recipients of coaching excellence.”

Bowerman Background

Bowerman coached the University of Oregon Track and Field team from 1949-1972, leading the Ducks to four NCAA team championships. In his tenure he coached 64 All-Americans, 24 individual NCAA champions and 33 Olympians - including American running great Steve Prefontaine. He finished his career as coach of the 1972 USA Olympic team in Munich, a teacher of struggle and responsibility, he delivered on his job description: "produce champions."

 

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