Five local sports legends were inducted into the second class of the Boulder Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night September 29, 2012 at the Spice of Life Event Center in Boulder.
Boulder has been long recognized as the endurance capital of the nation dating back to the running boom and Olympian Frank Shorter. The Boulder Sports Hall of Fame was established to celebrate Boulder’s athletic legacy, history and its promising youngsters.
Athletes from four different sports were honored this night. Climbers Roger Briggs and Jim Erickson for their contributions to the sport and introduction to free climbing as it is known today. Triathlete Simon Lessing who moved to Boulder in 2000 was recognized for his dominance of the sport of triathlon for almost two decades. In his introduction Ted Kennedy quipped “When Simon was at the race, everyone else knew they were racing for second.” Cyclist Marianne Martin won the first women’s Tour de France in 1984. Frank Shorter introduced the last inductee of the night, women’s running pioneer Lorraine Moller. Lorraine was the winner of the Avon Women’s Marathon along with the Osaka Marathon and a Bronze Medalist in the marathon at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
A special recognition was given to Al Bartlett and Ruth Wright for their integral roles in helping to create Boulder’s open space system, the first of its kind in the country. Mrs. Wright was also instrumental in shaping Downtown Boulder as we know it today. While attending CU Law School in the early 1970’s, Ruth wrote a paper on height control issues for one of her classes. Her paper turned into a Boulder city charter amendment on the ballot of November 1971 to limit building heights.
Each were awarded a trophy designed by the Scrap Sisters which were made from materials that were to be thrown out, including the base, made from the old Casey Middle School’s basketball court. Each trophy highlighted a word representative of each athletes personality and accomplishments.
The event was in conjunction with a fundraiser for the local non-profit One World Running who distributes shoes to third world countries. Since One World Running is solely volunteer based, all of the donations from the night will go to washing and shipping the shoes to countries such as Guatemala, Belize, and Kenya to be given to kids and families so that they can play sports or simply to go to school. Find out more about One World Running at OneWorldRunning.org