The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC), one of the largest road racing clubs in the nation with more than 3,000 members, will induct longtime Freihofer’s Run for Women and Troy Turkey Trot Event Director George Regan into its Hall of Fame this weekend.
The induction ceremony will take place at a banquet held Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at The Desmond Albany Hotel and Conference Center.
Regan, a resident of Troy, has overseen the Freihofer’s Run for Women since 1982 and helped develop the event from a small road race into one of the largest and most prestigious all-women’s road races in the world. He has worked on countless area events, including the annual Troy Turkey Trot, CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge, USATF Masters National Championship, Dunkin’ Run, Fam 5K “Fund” Run/Walk, as well as national club championship track meets at the University at Albany.
“We are thrilled to welcome George as our sole 2015 Hall of Fame inductee,” said HMRRC Hall of Fame Committee Chair Cathy Sliwinski. “He has had a profound influence upon the area of athletics, specifically track and field, cross-country, road racing, and race walking not only here in the Capital Region, but also throughout New York and the rest of the nation.”
Regan, who becomes the 29th person to join the prestigious hall (http://bit.ly/1Da1r39) which dates back to 1991, was first introduced to road racing in 1978. He had recently suffered an injury while alpine skiing and was told that running would help him rehabilitate his ailing back. Regan quickly developed a keen appreciation for the sport.
“William (Bill) Scheder Sr., a founding HMRRC member and inaugural HMRRC hall of fame inductee, challenged me to run the Adirondack distance run 10-miler in 1980,” recalled Regan. “I was 27 and Bill was 65 and he told me he would beat me and he did…by a large margin! However, that spurred me on to a career in distance running and I ended up completing 11 marathons with a 2:47 PR at the NYC Marathon in 1983.”
Regan, who served as the president of the USA Track & Field Adirondack Association from 1983-2005, has received numerous accolades on both the local and national stage for his commitment to the sport of running. This includes the “President’s Award” from The Athletics Congress/USA (1987), the USATF’s Women’s Long Distance Running Committee’s “Service Award” (1990), Men’s Long Distance Running’s “Scott Hamilton Award” (1995), “Race Director of the Year Award” from Road Race Management (1995), and the “Hospitality Excellence Award” from the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau (1998).
In 1999, his alma mater, Hudson Valley Community College, conferred upon him its “Distinguished Alumnus Award.” Four years later, Regan earned the Master’s Long Distance Running “Otto Essig Award” for his tireless work promoting masters long distance running in America.
“It’s a great honor to be inducted into the HMRRC’s hall of fame. Road racing has been my life’s work and has given me so much pleasure,” said Regan. “I am most proud of my involvement in the Freihofer’s Run for Women, which gives women of all ages throughout the Capital Region, the nation and the world a chance to come together to experience the benefits of exercise and good nutrition.”
Regan resides in Troy with his wife, Terri, and his two daughters. He is a graduate of Catholic Central High School as well as Hudson Valley.
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