Rick Krause



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One Hundred Years of Maine Running grew out of author Rick Krause’s attendance at a Maine Running Hall of Fame banquet in the fall of 1992. Krause saw that the inductees’ lives and accomplishments had not been documented, despite their being honored for their role in Maine running history. He spent the next eight years interviewing over 150 people, adding the information to what he had already gathered during a long involvement with Maine distance running. The stories in the book are about runners, track athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers, all of whom contributed to a sport they loved. The individuals whose profiles are found in this volume have all been inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame, and every decade of the 1900s is represented.

As a child, Rick Krause remembers watching the Manchester (CT) Thanksgiving Day Five Mile Road Race with his family. The race would eventually draw him into running in 1968, when he first ran Manchester at the age of 20. After four years in the Navy, Krause went to the University of Maine, running track and cross country from 1970-74. In 1975, he founded the Central Maine Striders, and the following year was named Maine Runner of the Year. He started Maine’s first distance running journal, Maine Runner, which was published from March 1978 through October 1979. He published a biography, The Pine Tree Road Runner, about Roland Dyer, and during the 1980’s served as Maine correspondent for New England Running of Brattleboro, Vermont, and New England Runner of Boston. Krause served as a track official at Colby for many years, and was one of the first in the state to certify road race courses for The Athletics Congress. He was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 1994, and served on the Maine Running Hall of Fame Selection Committee from 1994 through 2000. He has lived in Edgecomb since 1987.

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One Hundred Years of Maine Running



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