The PSRR Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize long-standing members for their running accomplishments, participation in the club, and contributions to the running community as a whole. Hall of Fame inductees are nominated by PSRR members. The criteria for induction into the Hall of Fame are: significant contributions to the club, regular attendance at club functions, a member of PSRR for at least 10 years, and running accomplishments. Hall of Fame Members are recognized at the Annual Banquet and receive a lifetime membership.
Judith Warren joined PSRR in 2014. She and her brother John have run a combined total of almost 900 races, including 3 marathons, 46 half marathons, and many shorter races. Running brings her joy – especially running with her tribe. She has served as the Pacesetter Newsletter editor and the PSRR Facebook page manager. She has volunteered at many club events and organized the award-winning PSRR Shamrock Shuffle teams and a PSRR destination race (to the Indy Mini Half). Currently she is serving on the Circuit Race Committee. She has received various honors – including a PSRR age group award, award for most volunteer credits, and award for most circuit credits
Michael Auld joined PSRR in 2013. He is a competitive runner and qualified for Boston two times. In 2019, while out on a run, Mike was hit by a car and sustained serious injuries. Through pure determination and hard work, he has been on a long road to recovery after numerous surgeries and extended physical therapy. Mike has given back a lot to the club. In the past couple of years, he has assisted with the IrishFest Parade 5km and has been a coach/mentor for other club members.
Carol Walters was a highly competitive runner in local Chicago area races. She clocked in at under 20 minutes in many 5km races. Carol ran the Grandma’s Marathon in 2002 in 3:42.42. She was also the race director for the 2002 National Heritage Corridor 25K, a PSRR -organized club race.
Janet Velemir Brown was the overall winner of the Will County race circuit in 1985 and placed in the top 5 women four other times. Janet was club President from 1987-1989 and served as race director many times.
Patrick has been a long-time member of Prairie State Road Runners.
Jim Jensen ran three sub three-hour marathons including a 2:51 best. He was consistently in the mid-17-minute 5k range and was always one of the top runners in his age group. One of his memorable runs was at River to River where he had to double up and run 20 miles due to a couple of late scratches on his team. The team took third place in the master’s division and also included Tom Lambert and Don Lafferty.
Don Lafferty is an extremely talented natural runner who consistently was near the very top of his age group as well as placing high in many races. Don and his wife were editors of the PSRR newsletter for a few years and his entire family could always be counted on to volunteer at club events. All three of his daughters ran at Lincoln Way High School and a couple of them are now ultrarunners. Don was also an avid indoor soccer player.
Mark Walters began his racing career in 1999. His first race was the Firefly 5k in Channahon. He is a three-time finisher of the Park Forest Scenic 10 and a two-time finisher of the Bix 7. He has participated in the River-to-River relay 16 times in a row and has run all 8 legs of the 80-mile course. He joined PSRR in 2012 and has served on the board since 2015 and has held various positions.
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