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Martin Dugard Named to USATF Foundation Board of Directors

3/23/2015
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- Martin Dugard has been named as a Director of the USA Track & Field Foundation Board, USATF Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today.


An author and historian, Dugard is the co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton, written with noted television personality Bill O'Reilly. Among his many other books is the critically lauded memoir To Be A Runner, about his lifelong passion for distance running.


In addition to racing competitively in track & field and cross country in high school and college, Dugard has run the Boston, New York and Los Angeles marathons. He has also competed in the Raid Gauloises endurance race three times, and suffered the many indignities that come with competing in Great Britain’s infamous Tough Guy race. In 1996 he flew around the world at twice the speed of sound aboard an Air France Concorde. The time of 31 hours and 28 minutes set a world record for global circumnavigation.


Dugard spends his afternoons as the Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, a position he has held since 2005. In that time, his teams have won three California state cross-country championships.


Dugard lives in Orange County, California, with his wife, Calene. They have three sons.


"As a lifelong track and field fan, and longtime runner and coach, it gives me great pleasure to join the board. The USA Track and Field Foundation is doing the vital work that is required to help America's athletes train and compete at the highest level,” stated Dugard.


The Foundation Elite Athlete Grant Program contributes to the pursuit of world-class performances by American post-collegiate track and field athletes. Athletes must meet minimum performance and financial need standards to be eligible.


The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes, distance training centers and anti-doping education. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors, major gifts, and from generous fans of track & field.


Elite athletes are supported by the Foundation via monetary grants, career counseling (mentoring and jobs) and participation in Run with US! (www.runwithus.org). Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.


For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit www.usatffoundation.org or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or tom.jackovic@usatf.org.




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