Special Guests

Onward Shay!
Oct 29, 2017
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Once you see the list of Special Guests (e.g., running legends) you’ll see that we have an extensive list of industry legends coming to our event. How? Shay’s husband, George Hirsch, former publisher of Runner’s World Magazine, was one of the first people to create the New York Marathon and has been heavily involved in giving back to his beloved wife’s Boise community. Because of the years spent in the industry, he has made some incredible connections. This allows us to bring to Boise some of the biggest names in the industry to truly make this a once-in-a-lifetime event. The following list of special guests will be attending the race. If you’re an avid runner, you know how big of a deal this is! To take it a step further, you can register to RUN with them! Each legend will be putting together a relay team. The cost to meet all of the legends and run on a relay team with one of them is $300.00.

Gabriele Anderson

Advisory Board Member

Gabriele Anderson

Gabriele Andersen, one of Idaho’s all-time outstanding distance runners, ran the first Olympic Marathon for women in 1984.

Dick Andersen

Advisory Board Member

Dick Andersen

Dick Andersen, an executive of the Sun Valley Corporation, long time competitive runner and cyclist has organized many events in the Sun Valley area.

Amby Burfoot

Advisory Board Member

Amby Burfoot

Amby Burfoot is widely known as a champion runner, writer and editor. He was winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon, and ran his personal best time of 2:14:28 in Fukuoka, Japan, which at the time was only one second off the American marathon record. After retiring from competition, he became a running journalist and author. He was the long time editor of Runner’s World and continues to write for Runner’s World as editor-at-large.

Nancy Ditz

Advisory Board Member

Nancy Ditz

Nancy Jane Ditz is a former American long-distance runner who is a United States national champion in the marathon. Ditz competed in the marathon at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Dick Fosbury

Advisory Board Member

Dick Fosbury

Dick Fosbury is one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field. He revolutionized the high jump event, inventing a unique "back-first" technique, now known as the Fosbury Flop, adopted by almost all high jumpers today. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Fosbury took the gold medal and set a new Olympic record at 2.24 meters (7 ft 4¼ in), displaying the potential of the new technique. A resident of Sun Valley, Idaho he continues to be involved in athletics and serves on the executive board of the World Olympians Association.

George Hirsch

Advisory Board Member

George Hirsch

George Hirsch was a magazine publisher, a founder of the New York City Marathon, a candidate for United States Congress and a television commentator for many running events including three Olympic Games. He is the founding publisher of New York magazine, was the long time worldwide publisher of Runner’s World and the first publishing director of Men’s Health. He is currently the chairman of the board of the New York Road Runners.

Steve Jones

Advisory Board Member

Steve Jones

Stephen Henry Jones is a Welsh athlete and former world marathon record holder.

Don Kardong

Advisory Board Member

Don Kardong

Don Kardong is a champion runner, writer, running advocate and commentator. Don holds multiple records and is one of the greatest names in distance running history. He represented the U.S. in the 10,000 meters and marathon distances in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. Don is the founder of Spokane’s Lilac Bloomsday 12 K Run with over 50,000 entrants.

Alexi Pappas

Advisory Board Member

Alexi Pappas

Alexi is a professional runner with the Nike Oregon Track Club Elite in Eugene, Oregon. She is also a filmmaker, writer, and actress. Bravery is queen.

Bill Rodgers

Advisory Board Member

Bill Rodgers

Bill Rodgers, the former American record holder in the marathon is best known for his four victories in both the Boston and New York City Marathons. During the period of 1975 to 1980, he was the dominant marathon runner and road racer in the world. His personal best 2:09:27 was set in the Boston Marathon in 1979. Track & Field News ranked Rodgers #1 in the world in the marathon in 1975, 1977 and 1979. Of the 59 marathons Rodgers ran, he won 22. Known as Boston Billy, he was one of the most popular athletes of all time.

Joan Samuelson

Advisory Board Member

Joan Samuelson

Joan Samuelson won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the year that the women's marathon was introduced, making her the first women's Olympic marathon champion. A former world record holder in the marathon, she is America’s most decorated female distance runner of all time. At 57, Samuelson continues to amaze all by setting age group records at distances from the 10K to the marathon. She has written books including Running Tide and Running for Women and is a motivational speaker and sports commentator.

Frank Shorter

Advisory Board Member

Frank Shorter

Frank Shorter is credited with being the man who set off the U.S. running boom in the 1970’s. His victory in the 1972 Olympic Marathon in Munich made him the most influential and respected distance runner in the world. That was followed up four years later with a silver medal in the Montreal Olympic. Later, it was found out that the East German who won the race was implicated in a government sponsored performance enhancing drug program. Shorter, a lawyer, has been a TV commentator for numerous running events and is in demand as a public speaker. He served as the Chairman of the United States Anti Drug Association and has been a forceful advocate against the use of drugs in sport.

German Silva

Advisory Board Member

German Silva

Germán Silva Martínez (born 9 January 1968 in Zacatlán, Puebla) is a retired Mexican long-distance runner who specialized in the marathon. His foremost achievements were back-to-back victories at the New York City Marathon in 1994 and 1995. He represented Mexico twice at the Summer Olympics, in 1992 and 1996. He also competed at the World Championships in Athletics on two occasions. His personal best for the marathon is two hours, eight minutes, and 56 seconds.

Nick Symmonds

Advisory Board Member

Nick Symmonds

Boise’s own Nick Symmonds, who has been America’s top 800 meter runner for the past decade, is the sport’s most charismatic personality. A two-time Olympian (Beijing and London), Symmonds graduated from Bishop Kelly High School and Willamette University, where he was a seven time NCAA champion. In 2015, he won his sixth U.S. Championship at 800 meters. Competing for the Brooks Beasts, Symmonds currently resides in Seattle, Washington.

David Willey

Advisory Board Member

David Willey

David Willey is the Editor-in-Chief of Runner's World, overseeing all editorial operations of the brand, and the Editorial Director of Running Times. Under his leadership, the magazine has reached its all-time high in circulation (675,000) in the U.S. The magazine has 18 international editions as well. Willey, a dedicated runner, also does TV commentary at major running events.

Mary Wittenberg

Advisory Board Member

Mary Wittenberg

Mary Wittenberg is the president and global CEO of Virgin Sport, and for ten years was the President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Road Runners (NYRR). As leader of the organization, Wittenberg oversaw the New York City Marathon, some 50 other races, as well as numerous youth and community programs that draw over 300,000 yearly participants. For her efforts related to the New York City Marathon, an article in the New York Times stated that Wittenberg "has transformed the New York City Marathon from traditional to competitive to innovative." A former competitive runner, Wittenberg won the 1987 Marine Corps Marathon.

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