Four of Boulder’s sports icons — climber Jeff Lowe, triathlete Colleen Cannon, Bolder Boulder founder Steve Bosley and five-time running world record holder Arturo Barrios — will be inducted into the Boulder Sports Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony set for May 20 at Galvanize, in the former Daily Camera building in downtown Boulder.
The Hall of Fame was established in 2011 by a group of local athletes to honor and preserve the legacy of some of the all-time greats who lived and trained in Boulder on their way to becoming the best in the world in their respective events. The Boulder Sports Hall of Fame also honors one “Cornerstone Contributor” each year for accomplishments in helping make Boulder one of the world’s leading centers of sports. This year, that is Bosley, who left the University of Colorado Board of Regents last year, because of term limitations.
Bosley, 74, was instrumental in bringing running and road racing into its professional era. In 1979, he teamed up with friend Frank Shorter, the 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist, to create the Bolder Boulder 10K, which has grown into one of the top races in the world. Bosley is known as an innovator. Named president of the Bank of Boulder when he was just 31, Bosley used his financial skills to help usher running into its professional era. As treasurer of The Athletics Congress (TAC), Bosley helped establish the “TAC Trust,” allowing road runners to openly accept prize and appearance money. Until that time, runners had to take money “under the table” and ran the risk of being discovered and banned.
This will be a special occasion for Lowe, one of the most influential climbers ever. Since 1999, he has lived with the effects of an unknown disease similar to ALS In 2012, Lowe’s health took a turn for the worse, which landed him on hospice support. He has outlived all predictions, recovering enough to be able to leave hospice. Lowe has more than 1000 first ascents to his credit, many of which have never been repeated. An early pioneer of alpine style ascents, Lowe was known for doing the most inspired climbs with the least equipment. His most recent honor was the Piolet D’Or Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor in the world for Alpinism.
Cannon, 50, first came to Boulder in the summer of 1983 to train with established professional Diane Israel,the center of the burgeoning local triathlon world. Cannon, one of the pioneers of female triathlon, has lived in Boulder since 1986. She was world champion and one of the pioneers of the sport. Cannon used her background as a collegiate swimmer to stay near the top of the triathlon world from 1982-1992. Her career was highlighted by winning the 1984 World Triathlon Championship, as well as becoming a two-time U.S. national champ and competing for the national team. After retiring, Cannon founded Women’s Quest adventure retreats. She still lives in the mountains west of Boulder.
Longmont resident Barrios, 55, is regarded as one of the greatest long-distance runners in history. He came to Boulder in 1986 at the invitation of Bolder Boulder elite athlete coordinator Rich Castro and never left. The engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, Barrios burst onto the world scene in the spring of 1986, setting the world record for a road 10K in his first U.S. race as a professional. He went to set other world records, including the 10,000 meters and hour run, on the track. Barrios is the first person in history to run sub-one hour for a half marathon (13.1 miles).
Tickets are now available for $20 donation to support One World Running.
Join us Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:00-midnight, at the Avalon Ballroom for a fun evening of mingling with fellow athletes, dancing, finding some cool silent auction items to bid on, and seeing four local sports legends inducted into the fourth Boulder Sports Hall of Fame class. Funds are being raised for upcoming shipments, this winter.
- 5pm Doors Open
- 7pm Induction Ceremony Starts
- Midnight Doors Closed
Climber Lynn Hill joins three of Boulder’s best endurance athletes from the past at the 2015 Boulder Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, set for Sept. 26 at the Avalon Ballroom. Cyclist Dale Stetina, triathlete Tim DeBoom, and marathoner Benji Durden round out the class.
“The idea is to honor Boulder’s athletic legacy,” said organizer Anders Mavis. “There are many deserving athletes here that newcomers might not know about. They deserve another moment to shine.”
Hill, 54, was called “among the greatest rock climbers of all time” by author Jon Krakauer, based on a long career that began when she was 14 and included the first free ascent of “The Nose” on El Capitan in California’s Yosemite Valley. She is “one of the most significant figures in sport, in all of history,” said Roger Briggs, author of “Journey to Civilization” and himself a climbing pioneer.
“Just imagine if a woman won an Olympic gold medal in any men’s sport; that is essentially the magnitude of what Lynn did at the pinnacle of her career.”
Stetina, 59, is an Olympic cyclist who had more than 200 wins during a long career that included a national road title and two wins in the Coors Classic. Stetina is part of a cycling family, with the racing now carried on by his son, Peter. In 2013, Stetina nearly died after being hit by a car in Left Hand Canyon. He has recovered well enough to resume riding.
(Dale will be riding at the World Cycling Championships in Richmond, Va. and will be honored in person at a later date)
DeBoom, 44, is the last American to win the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. He won in 2000 and 2001, his latter win a stirring victory coming soon after the Sept. 11 attacks that took down the World Trade Center. He placed in the top five three other times; won several other full and half triathlons, and took the bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games.
Durden, 63, was a top U.S. road racer from 10 kilometers through the marathon in early days of the 1970s-‘80s “Running boom.” His career was capped by making the U.S. Olympic marathon team, which boycotted the Moscow Olympics. The following year, Durden, a 2:09:57 marathoner, was one of several runners who defied a ban on openly taking prize money when he raced at the Cascade Run-Off 15 K. He was a founding member and official with the Association of Road Race Athletes.
Proceeds from the event support One World Running , an international program promoting awareness of health, fitness and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need in the United States and around the world. We also put on 5K walk/runs to foster an environment of exercise and to increase understanding and goodwill between people.
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