2013 National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame

Trail Blazers Award – Based on involvement in the running community before 2004.

Marilyn Bevans of Baltimore, MD


  • Ranked as one of the world’s top ten fastest marathoners (1977).
  • Won the 1977 and 1979 Maryland Marathons.
  • Placed second at the 1977 Boston Marathon in 2:51:12.
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Ted Corbitt (late) of New York City, NY

  • Considered to be one of the fathers of modern day distance running in the USA.
  • Was the second person in the world and the first Black to run over 100 marathons and ultras (1966).
  • Became the first African-American to represent USA in the Olympic Marathon (1952).
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Long Distance Runner Award - The candidate must have been a NBMA member for at least five years.

Frederick F. Davis III of Cleveland, OH
  • Member of Cleveland’s Team Marathon
  • Completed over 450 marathons and ultramarathons.
  • Age group award winner.
  • 50 States marathon finisher.

Angela Ivory (late) of Nashville, TN


  • Completed 303 marathons and ultramarathons.
  • 50 States marathon finisher, possibly first Black female.

Running Community Serive Awards

Frances Gilbert of Cincinnati, OH


  • Co-Founder of Cincinnati’s Avondale Running Club in 1984. They started running together in 1980.
  • Flying Pig Marathon Board member, since 1999.
  • Completed over 300 road races.
  • Won over 150 trophies.

Warren Elzy of Cleveland, OH

  • Co-Founder of Cleveland’s Team Marathon in 1982.
  • Received countless awards for top three age group finishes at various race distances.
  • Finished many races in the top 3% to 5% overall and was the overall winner in some races.
  • Completed over 30 marathons with a 2:37:37 PR in 1989.

Running Club Award

South Fulton Running Partners of Atlanta, GA