Special Guests

Onward Shay!
Oct 28, 2018
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How'd We Get Them Here?

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 Andersen

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Gabriele Andersen

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

Dick Andersen

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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

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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

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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.

Karen Ferlito

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Karen Ferlito

Founder of the Big Sur Marathon, The Big Sur International Marathon is an annual marathon held in California, United States along the Pacific coast. The marathon was established in 1986 and attracts about 4,500 participants annually.

Hugo Ferlito

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Hugo Ferlito

Founder of the Big Sur Marathon, The Big Sur International Marathon is an annual marathon held in California, United States along the Pacific coast. The marathon was established in 1986 and attracts about 4,500 participants annually.

Dick Fosbury

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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

Special Guest

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

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Steve Jones

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

Alexi Pappas

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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.

Mary Wittenberg

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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.

Bart Yasso

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Bart Yasso

Bart Yasso the "mayor of running" is Runner's World's Chief Running Officer. He's one of a few people to have completed races on all seven continents-including the Mount Kilimanjaro marathon. He's the winner of the 1987 U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship.

Advisory Board Members

Gabrielle Andersen
Dick Andersen
Amby Burfoot
Dick Fosbury
George Hirsch
Steven Jones
Don Kardong
Alexi Pappas
Bill Rodgers
Joan Samuelson
Frank Shorter
Germán Silva Martínez
Nick Symmonds
David Willey
Mary Wittenberg

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Emerald Partners

Ruby Partners

Poppy Partners
Idaho Urologic Institute
Boise Rescue Mission
Dan Moss, Arrowhead Potato
Brian Jones, Sun Valley Potato
Mike Machurek, Industrial Ventilation Inc.