UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The two living inductees of the 2014 National Distance Running Hall of Fame class spoke Friday at the annual Boilermaker Expo at MVCC about their upcoming induction Saturday as well as how much the sport has grown over the years.
Kim Merritt, the first ever woman to win the Boston, NY City and Honolulu Marathons, said: "Running has changed a lot, this is wonderful. A lot of people love what I used to love doing, not just a few, a lot. It was nice to see that happen, that people like to run now and you don't get strange looks and everyone accepts it."
Tom Fleming, who won the1973 and 1975 NY City Marathons, while finishing second at the 1973 and 1974 Boston Marathons added: " I knew the tradition and the honor. I got the official letter, I was surprised and honored. I have friends like Bill Rodgers who are in already, told me how wonderful Utica is and of course the Hall. I felt surprised and happy that it's finally come around."
Merritt, Fleming and the late Fred Wilt will be inducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from MVCC's Shafer Theater.