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Coach Wright Headed to Pittsburgh Running HOF

Rich Wright is one of four inductees this year.

Already a legend to many, Rich Wright—'s head boys cross country coach and an assistant for Baldwin's girls cross country and boys and girls indoor and outdoor track & field teams—is now officially a Hall-of-Famer.

The venerable coach has been inducted into the Pittsburgh Running Hall of Fame.

Organized by Pittsburgh Marathon officials, Wright, who lives on 's Elmwood Drive, is one four members of the Hall's 2012 class, which also includes Kevin Gatons, Joe Sarver and Gary Siriano.

Wright, 60, is a 1970 graduate of who is being inducted as a contributor to the sport in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Wright's Hall of Fame biography, as listed on the Hall's website, is as follows:

"In the early 1980s, Wright began taking on a key role at many of the top local/regional races. In 1992, Wright began coaching at Baldwin High School in both track and cross country. Two years later, he lent his expertise to the Pittsburgh Marathon as a finish line coordinator. His running achievement is noteworthy, having set his marathon personal best of 2 hours, 57 minutes in Columbus. Wright is also a member of the United States Streak Runners Association, having run every day since Aug. 2, 1990."

Wright's running streak has become local legend in the Baldwin-Whitehall area. In order for a streak to remain official, one must complete at least one mile of non-stop running every day.

Wright often runs more than one mile per session, he said, but he is sure to complete at least one, even while on vacation.

"The streak's still alive," he said. "It will be 22 years on Aug. 2."

The Pittsburgh Running Hall of Fame started with its first class in 2009 and now includes 15 honorees.

"I guess a lot of people just felt that my contributing to running in the community—doing the Steeler race, the , you know, different 5Ks, and then, being a coach—doing a lot for the sport itself of running (was worthy of induction)," Wright said.

"I am very humbled and honored by it."

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Kaitlin April 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Mr. Wright impacted my life in the most profound way. I'm so glad to see he's being recognized for the incredible work he's done for Pittsburgh running. That said, MRS. WRIGHT deserves an honorable mention for putting up with his crazy schedule all these years. :)
Paula Lim April 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!!!!!
Common Sense June 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I couldn't be happier for Mr. Wright! He is truly a class act and a great role model for our young student athletes at BHS! Well deserved!

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