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Amby Burfoot Honored with George Hirsch Journalism Award
Burfoot, Winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon,
Has a Journalism Career That Has Spanned More Than Three Decades
New York, October 18, 2011-For a career that has spanned more than three
decades as editor and feature columnist at Runner's World magazine, as well
as numerous books, Amby Burfoot has been named recipient of the George
Hirsch Journalism Award, presented by New York Road Runners, it was
announced today by NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.
Burfoot will be honored at a news conference during ING New York City
Marathon race week on Friday, November 4. A special award created by
Tiffany & Co., an official sponsor of the ING New York City Marathon, will
be presented at that time.
The George Hirsch Journalism Award recognizes excellence in the reporting,
writing, and broadcasting of the sport of the marathon and long-distance
running. Any journalist or broadcaster who has regularly demonstrated
excellence in the coverage of long-distance running and the marathon
through magazine, newspaper, radio, TV, and website coverage is eligible to
Longtime track and field journalist Dick Patrick was the inaugural honoree
The award is named in honor of George Hirsch, the founding publisher and
president of The Runner magazine from 1978 to 1986 and the worldwide
publisher of Runner's World from 1987 to 2003. Today Hirsch is the chairman
of the board of directors of New York Road Runners.
"George Hirsch has been one of the two most instrumental mentors in my
life, and the most important publisher in the history of running," said
Burfoot. "It's an incredible honor to receive a journalism award that bears
Burfoot, 65, joined Runner's World in 1978 after a successful running
career highlighted by his 1968 Boston Marathon victory while still a
student at Wesleyan University. Burfoot's winning time was 2 hours, 22
minutes, and 17 seconds in the last Boston Marathon not run on a Monday.
Later that year he ran 2:14:29, his lifetime best, to finish fifth in the
Fukuoka Marathon in Japan.
Burfoot has held a variety of positions at Runner's World, including
executive editor from 1985 to 2004. He currently serves as editor at large.
In his years at Runner's World, Burfoot has won journalism awards from many
of the sport's leading organizations, including the Road Runners Club of
America, the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, and Running USA. His
running achievements have gained him induction into the RRCA Hall of Fame
and the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.
"Amby has become the voice of our sport. He has a very special perspective
and covers the sport from all angles like few others can-from the pro
spectacle to the health benefits of running," said Wittenberg. "He has done
it all-from winning Boston, to running recreationally, to winning awards
for his writing. He is richly deserving of this award and of our thanks for
his efforts in promoting our sport these many years."
Burfoot lives in Emmaus, PA, with his wife, Cristina Negron. He has two
adult children, Daniel and Laura.
New York Road Runners
Headquartered in New York City, New York Road Runners is dedicated to
advancing the sport of running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and
meeting our community's needs. Our goal is to use the expertise acquired in
our 53-year history to empower all people to live fitter, healthier lives
through participation in our races, community events, instruction and
training resources, and youth programs. Our races and other events draw
more than 300,000 people each year. The ING New York City Marathon, NYRR's
premier event, is the largest and most inclusive marathon in the world,
attracting the world's top professional runners every year and raising
$30.8 million for charity in 2010. NYRR's running-based youth programs,
which currently serve more than 100,000 children in hundreds of schools and
community centers, promote children's health and fitness, character
development, and personal achievement in underserved communities. For more
information, visit www.nyrr.org.
The ING New York City Marathon
The premier event of New York Road Runners, the ING New York City Marathon
is one of the world's great road races, drawing some 140,000 applicants.
The race attracts many world-class professional athletes, not only for the
$650,000 in prize money, but also for the chance to excel in the media
capital of the world before two million cheering spectators and a worldwide
broadcast reach of 330 million. As any one of the more than 875,000 past
participants will attest, crossing the finish line in Central Park is one
of the great thrills of a lifetime. For more information, visit