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https://www.prlog.org/12879239-national-black-distance-running-hall-of-fame-to-induct-michele-tiff-hill.html

 

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National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame to Induct Michele Tiff-Hill

Michele Tiff-Hill, the first African-American woman to run in the US Olympic Marathon Trials and with a marathon best of 2:50:19, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Michele Hill

Michele Hill

TUCSON, Ariz. - July 29, 2021 - PRLog -- The National Black Marathoners Association is pleased to announce the induction of Michele Tiff-Hill into the National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame. The induction banquet and ceremony will be held during the National Black Marathoners Association's Annual Summit at Cincinnati's Fly Pig Marathon Weekend on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

"We're looking forward to inducting this Cleveland native and current Tucson resident into the Hall of Fame," says NBMA Executive Director Tony Reed. This 1969 Shaker Heights High School graduate earned her Bachelor of Music in piano from Curtis Institute of Music (1974), and was subsequently awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Harpsichord Studies (1989) and a PhD, Summa cum laude, in Historical Musicology (2001), both from UCLA.

She started running at the age of 29 in 1980. She comes from a family of athletes. Her father, Benjamin Tiff, was in the same high school sprint-relay team as Jesse Owens. He was also an accomplished tennis player who was team captain at his alma mater, Wilberforce University. Her brother, Milan Tiff, was world-record holder in the triple jump and also held US records at high-school, college and national levels. He won the triple jump at the inaugural World Cup in 1977. Her sister, Margot Tiff, was a gifted tennis player who played on the professional circuit, and was the first black woman to play in World Team Tennis. She was also part of the Cal State sprint-relay team that won the NCAA championship.

Michele ran her first sub three-hour marathon in Dec, 1982 at the Fiesta Bowl (2:57:14) in Scottsdale, AZ. Shortly afterwards, she met Eino Rompannen, sculptor and running coach. He helped her to realize her goal of achieving the qualifying time for the first US Women's Olympic Marathon Trials. In the process, she became the first African-American women to qualify for and compete in this historic event. She would go on to run several marathons under three hours until the age of 41.  The Sri Chinmoy Marathon in Foster City, California would remain her personal best at 2:50:19. Master's Track and Field News gave her a No. 1 U.S. ranking (5k) in the 35-39 age group. Later, she was cited in Running Times, March 2008, for honorable mention in the 55-59 age group for leading U.S. Masters runners of 2007. Along with her husband, Dave Hill, she started the Tucson (AZ) Grinders running group in 2004.

Michele says, "It is such an honor to be recognized by the national running community and I am indeed humbled by the gesture.  To be in such esteemed company warms my heart and makes me very proud to have been chosen."

Previously announced inductees include Ingrid Walters, Michele Bush-Cuke, and Shawanna White. Additional inductees will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

About the National Black Marathoners Association

The National Black Marathoners' Association (NBMA) is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to encouraging African Americans and others to pursue a healthy lifestyle through distance running and walking, as well as awarding college scholarships to deserving high school distance runners. It is open to everyone, regardless of his or her athletic ability, ethnic background, or previous marathon experience. The NBMA hosts an annual multi-race summit. Previous races and locations have been Lewis & Clark (St. Charles, MO), New Jersey (Long Branch, NJ), Cleveland (OH), Lost Dutchman (Apache Junction, AZ), Cowtown (Fort Worth, TX), Georgia (Atlanta), Bermuda International Race Weekend, Deadwood-Michelson (Deadwood, SD), Madison (WI), Richmond (VA), Windermere (Spokane, WA), Dallas, Columbus (OH), and the Go! St. Louis, Baltimore Running Festival, and Little Rock Marathons.

For more information, visit www.BlackMarathoners.org.

The donation to the Cleveland Food Bank is wonderful! Thank you for putting the $ to help the many who need it.

I am sad to say that Fred Richards has died. His obituary was on Cleveland.com a couple of days ago.

https://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=frederick-berkeley-richards&pid=197889815

He was a good friend while at Shaker and I met him again 30 years ago or so, unfortunately lost contact.

 Dear friends,

I have recorded and am releasing a JAZZ EP!

It's called "Have We Met?"

I love these songs and I hope you will too!



ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE

Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II

GRANDMA'S HANDS

Bill Withers

NIGHT AND DAY

Cole Porter

WHERE OR WHEN

Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME

Carole King & Gerry Goffin



I am very excited for you to hear it!

It's available now. I hope you'll buy it or stream it, and you could even request it on JAZZFM.91 or CBC!

If you can share it on your social media that would be wonderful - here's the link:

b.link/havewemet

UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS

Jeffrey Yarus  9/20
Norman Kohn  9/26
David Meyer  9/27
Sandy Stein  9/27
Sheila Bauman  10/1
Scott Finley  10/4
James Kane  10/7
Barbara Levine  10/8
Dale Katz  10/19
Wilna Thomas (Derr)  10/20