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Richard Sayre

Richard "Ric" Sayre loved to run and run he did. He was so active running marathons that the only answer he gave to how many was, "more than 250." Ric was one of Ohio's top marathon runners and was internationally known for his competitive nature. It was at the completion of a marathon run in 2011 in Oregon while talking with friends after the race that he collapsed and died. An autopsy showed he suffered some type of heart problem. He was 57. But, packed into those years was a true distance runner and elite competitor. In 1971 he graduated from Archbishop Hoban High School and attended two schools in Georgia before entering Walsh University in North Canton. He competed two years in cross country for the Cavaliers helping them to to win the Mid-Ohio Conference title in both seasons. Ric won the inaugural National Catholic Champions race, a cross country competition with more than 30 teams involved, and according to Ric's coach Dan McCallion, several Olympians were in the race. A two-time All-American, Sayre was one of only four men to qualify five times for the Olympic marathon trials. He participated in 54 major marathons, winning 13 of them. He moved to Oregon in 1981 and won the first Los Angeles Marathon in 1986. It was in Oregon where friends say Sayre dropped the "k" from his nickname Rick. He said it was extraneous and from then on it was Ric. In 1987, Sayre was the United State marathon champion and represented the U.S. in the Pan American Games. After his death, the National Catholic Champions race changed the name to the Ric Sayre 5K-8K Invitational. The co-ed race is hosted by Walsh University the first weekend in September. Ric was honored by his high school by being inducted into the Archbishop Hoban High School Hall of Fame.

Inducted 2016 | Track & Field