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Byron Fike

In 1975, at the age of 68, Bryon Fike decided he needed a hobby. The Gladly, West Virginia native had retired from a car sales job but, was in pretty good shape through a fitness program that involved 20 years in baseball and athletic competition in the Silver League. He attended a seminar where they talked about running, he gave it a try and caught the running fever. Fike won the first competitive race he entered. "I found out I was competitive with my peers," said Fike. "I had a hidden talent there that I never knew I had." Since he has been accumulating "gold" as fast as Fort Knox. The octogenarian who resides in Tallmadge has earned over 1300 medals and a national reputation. He has run in everything from the 60 yard dash to the two mile run. In the very first National Senior Olympics in St. Louis in 1987, Fike captures five gold medals - winning the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter runs as well as the 1500 meter race walk in the 75-79 age group. Another highlight was at the 1989 North American Masters track meter in Toronto, Canada where he won the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter runs and 1500 meter runs and the five kilometer race walk in the 80-84 age group. Fike has set numerous world records in the 400 and 3000 meter runs for the 80-84 group and six American records covering four events in the 75-84 age groups

Inducted 1992 | Track & Field