HMRRC 2019 Banquet and HOF Induction

by Ray Newkirk and Frank Broderick

Nancy Egerton was Inducted into HMRRC HOF

Nancy Egerton was inducted into HMRRC’s Hall of Fame at the club’s annual meeting on September 20. Used to fast times, the soft-spoken Egerton made an acceptance speech that lasted fewer than two minutes.

Her accomplishments as a runner and member of the running community say enough.

Nancy’s career as an active runner was reasonably short, spanning from approximately 1988 to 1993. Knee injuries sustained during her basketball career (see below) made pounding the roads a painful experience, one that she gave up for the less impactful biking. But, during that limited timeframe, Nancy stood out, posting the following PRs (many in top events):

  • 10K                       37:48 (1st place Troy Turkey Trot 1990)
  • Half                      84:24 (1st place Chopperthon 1991)
  • Marathon            2:53:17 (3rd place Charlotte Observer 1991).
  • 10 Miles               62:56
  • Hour Run             9.26 miles

Nancy also finished first in the Freihofer 10K in 1991 (38:06) and ran a total of seven marathons in her career,  finishing sub-3 hours in four of them.

Success as a runner, though, is only one of the demanding requirements for HOF selection. Contributions to HMRRC and to the broader running community also count heavily in the selection process. Nancy’s contribution to HMRRC:

  • Served as HMRRC Club Secretary 1990-93.
  • Served as Race Director of HMRRC Mother’s Day Race 1991-92
  • Was part of the Pacesetter staff for 10+ years, writing articles and proofreading.
  • Regularly volunteered at HMRRC events starting around 1990 – and continues to volunteer today.

Nancy has also been a significant contributor to the broader Capital District running community.

  • Course coordinator for the Freihofer Run for Women for 15+ years
  • Course coordinator for the Run for the Cure for 15+ years

While not directly satisfying specific HOF consideration criteria, some additional information about Nancy’s athletic career paints an extraordinary picture.

  • Nancy was a women’s basketball AIAW Division II All-American. She was to be invited to the 1980 Olympic tryouts (unfortunately, 1980 was the year in which a US Olympic boycott took place). In recognition of her basketball play, Nancy has been inducted into the Niagara University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Capital District Basketball HOF, and the Cardinal McCloskey Basketball HOF. This last achievement deserves an asterisk. Nancy never played basketball for Cardinal McCloskey. They had no team. Indeed, she didn’t play high school basketball for anyone. She made her own player tape when applying to college and received her athletic scholarship partially on that basis.
  • Nancy qualified for National Triathlon “Bud Light” series championship 1988.
  • And lest you think Nancy was just a “jock”: Nancy was valedictorian of her class at Albany Pharmacy and Academic All-America while at Niagara University.

Welcome to the HMRRC Hall of Fame, Nancy. You deserve it!

Frank Broderick presenting Jon Rocco with President’s Award

In addition, Jon Rocco was honored by President Frank Broderick for the unceasing supportive work he  has done for the HMRRC year in and year out to make this a better organization. 

  • Two-time HMRRC President
  • HMRRC Hall of fame
  • HMRRC Distinguished Service Award winner
  • HMRRC Vice President for Running Events (6 years)
  • Longtime Shrader Scholarship Committee member

Without his constant efforts, behind the scenes and on the race arena, the club would not be as successful as it is.  Thank you, Jon.

2019 Banquet Pictures

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