NATIONAL DISTANCE RUNNING
HALL OF FAME UNVEILS COMMEMORATIVE
POSTER BY ACCLAIMED SPORTS ARTIST, ANDREW YELENAK
July 11, 2002 (Utica, New
York) The National Distance Running Hall
unveils the 2002 Induction Commemorative poster,
created by artist, Andrew Yelenak.
The first 2,000 people in the door at the induction
ceremony on Saturday, July 13 at 5 p.m.
at the Stanley Performing Arts will receive the
poster, which honors this years inductees.
The ceremony is free and open to the public, and
people are encouraged to come early to receive
their poster, which can be autographed by inductees
after the ceremony.
Painted and illustrated by
nationally renowned freelance artist Andrew Joseph
of North Haven, Connecticut, the print features
the portraits of 2002 inductees Bill Bowerman,
Doris Brown Heritage, John J. Kelley and Browning
Ross, as well as depictions of Heritage,
Kelley and Ross in action. The poster took the entire
month of May to complete, and Yelenak
used mainly black and white photographs as a basis
for the portraits.
Though he claimed some of
the portraits were easier to complete than others,
is his favorite kind of art to do, and he gave this
project a special touch. "I always like doing
Yelenak said, "And Ive become good friends
with Johnny Kelley, so it was rewarding to play
role in his induction."
For more than two decades,
Yelenaks work has appeared in a number of
including Digest Magazine and Spalding Sports Worldwide,
and has been exhibited at the Society
of Illustrators in New York and Dallas. The 45-year-old
Yelenak was the designer of the 2001 and
2002 25th Anniversary Boilermaker 15K Road Race
posters as well. His "A Boston Legacy"
was exhibited at the Boston Associations "The
Race Through History" showcase for the Boston
Marathons 100th anniversary. His work has
been highly acclaimed, and a painting he created
Michael Jordan won the 1997 Beckett Sports Art Gallery
In addition to the artwork
he has done for a multitude of organizations, Yelenak
has been a devoted
runner himself since 1974, and will be running his
second Boilermaker this year.
The National Distance Running
Hall of Fame, located in Utica, New York, was established
to honor the sport of distance running and the athletes
who have made contributions to the sport.
From top runners and the most decorated athletes,
to those who pushed the sports barriers and
eventually broke them, the Hall of Fame honors their
talents, initiative and drive through the pictures,
memorabilia and awards that decorate the exhibit
rooms and pull the visitor into the runners
world, a place often inhabited by the runner who
alone, challenges and pushes the human spirit.
The Hall of Fame celebrates the sports greatest
moments and bestows the highest honor of
outstanding athletes induction into the Hall
of Fame during an annual ceremony held in
conjunction with the Boilermaker Road Race during
Hall of Fame Weekend in Utica, New York.