frank shorter track CLASSIC
SATURDAY, may 18
The Frank Shorter Track Classic is a track meet honoring one of America's greatest ever distance athletes and Boulder local, Frank Shorter.
Every year we will celebrate Frank's career, his devotion to the sport of running and promotion of health and fitness, while also acknowledging a different Boulder Olympian every year. For 2019, we are excited to announce that Benji Durden, who was selected to run at the 1980 Moscow Olympics in the marathon, will be our local Olympian that we will be honoring.
Benji ranked among the top 10 US marathoners during his athletic prime with 25 sub 2:20 marathon times recorded during that time. Benji had 10 marathon victories that included the 1981 Nike-OTC (2:12.12), 1982 Houston (2:11.12) and 1982 Montreal (2:13.22). He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and was inducted into the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Colorado Running Hall Of Fame in 2009. With a personal record of 2:09:57, Durden’s first marathon win came in 1977 in Columbia – South Carolina in 2:19.04, with his lifetime PR coming from the 1983 Boston Marathon where he finished 3rd.
Benji’s big breakthrough race came in the 1980 “Olympic Trials” where he finished second (2:10:40) against one of the deepest fields of American marathoners ever assembled. Durden surged into the lead at the 19 mile mark and built up a 10sec advantage over the lead runners until he was caught at the 23rd mile. The race was intended to determine the US Olympic team for the marathon at that summer’s 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, but the USA boycotted that Olympics and Benji missed out on competing, but he did represent the USA at the 1983 World Championships, finishing 39th in the Marathon.
Benji’s Personal Records:
5000m - 14:10
10K Road - 28:36
Half Marathon - 1:03.11
Marathon - 2:09.57
*The Frank Shorter Track Classic on Saturday May 18th, will host a series of track races for Elementary school, Middle school/ High school, Open and Masters runners at Fairview High School (1515 Greenbriar Blvd, Boulder).
About Frank Shorter -
Frank was a two time Olympian and won a gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Munich Olympics while also placing 5th in the 10,000m. Then 4 years later, Frank won a silver medal in the marathon at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Frank also won the U.S national cross country championships four times (1970 - 1973), was the U.S Olympic Trials champion at 10,000m and the marathon in both 1972 and 1976, won both the 10,000m and the marathon at the 1971 Pan American Games and was a four time winner of the prestigious Fukuoka marathon (1971 - 1974).
Frank’s Personal Records:
5000m - 13:26.60
10,000m - 27:45.91
Marathon - 2:10.30
Register here for the Frank Shorter Track Classic to take place on Saturday May 18th at Fairview High School. Registrations will close Thursday May 16th at 11:59pm MST.
Registration cost per athlete:
Elementary School - $10.00
17 Years and Under - $15.00
50 Years and Older - $15.00
Open - $20.00
Cost includes electronic timing and a limited edition Benji Durden medallion.
Draft 1 - Frank Shorter Track Classic Program - Fairview High School 5/18/2019
2:00pm Kindergarten Boys and Girls 800m
2:10pm Open Women’s 800m
2:20pm Grade 1 Girls 800m
2:30pm Grade 1 Boys 800m
2:40pm Open Men’s 800m
2:50pm Grade 2 Girls - 1 mile
3:05pm Grade 2 Boys - 1 mile
3:20pm 17 and Under Boys and Girls - 1 mile
If sufficient numbers, the 17 and under event will be broken up into 2 separate races based on gender.
3:35pm Grade 3 Girls - 1 mile
3:50pm Grade 3 Boys - 1 mile
4:05pm Open Women’s - 1 mile
4:20pm Grade 4 Girls - 1 mile
4:35pm Grade 4 Boys - 1 mile
4:50pm Open Men’s - 1 mile
5:00pm Grade 5 Boys and Girls - 1 mile
If sufficient numbers, the Grade 5 event will be broken up into 2 separate races based on gender.
5:15pm Open Women’s - 2 mile (Bolder Boulder Qualifier)
5:35pm Open Men’s - 2 mile (Bolder Boulder Qualifier)
*Should there be insufficient numbers in any Open race, both the Men’s and Women’s races will be combined.
**Some races will be limited on the size of the field, but priority will be given to the following athletes:
Women’s 800m (2:15 or Faster)
Men’s 800m (2:00 or Faster)
Women’s 1 mile (5:00 or Faster)
Men’s 1 mile (4:30 or Faster)
Women’s 2 mile (11:30 or Faster)
Men’s 2 mile (10:00 or Faster)
***Prize money for Open Races:
1st Place - $75.00
2nd Place - $50.00
3rd Place - $25.00
Total for each race is $150.00 with total cash prize money totaling $900.00