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National Distance Running Hall of Fame announces new inductees

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The National Distance Running Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 induction class.

Tom Fleming, Fred Wilt and Kim Merritt will be inducted at the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on July 12. The ceremony will be at Mohawk Valley Community College in the Information Technology Auditorium.

Fleming is a two-time champion of the New York City Marathon and was a two-time runner-up in the Boston Marathon. He won the Los Angeles Marathon in 1981, as well as the Cleveland and Toronto marathons in 1978. In the 1976 Olympic trials, he finished fifth, earning a spot as a marathon alternate.

Wilt won 10 national championships in the NCAA two-mile run and four-mile cross country. He won several National AAU races and set five national records in the 10,000 meters, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters, two mile and indoor two mile.

Merritt started running when there were no girls on her high school track team, so she trained with the boys until the athletic director stopped it. She won two state titles in the mile. After high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, once again running with the men. She is the only woman to win the New York City Boston and Honolulu marathons.

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