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Heliodoro and Patricia Rico Lifetime Achievement Award

Formerly known as USATF's Pacesetter Award, the Heliodoro and Patricia Rico Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges people with the drive and vision to reach the highest plateau of our sport through their chosen area of involvement. The name change was instituted by USATF President Bill Roe and CEO Craig Masback in June, 2006.

2010 Bill and Darlene Hickman
Darlene Hickman has served the sport in countless ways over the course of more than 30 years. She has coached young athletes at her local school and has been an Olympic and Goodwill Games meet official. With a history of involvement with youth, race walk, women's track and field, long distance running, masters track and field, coaching education, athlete development and USATF Associations, she has worked in nearly every area of the sport. Bill Hickman is a certified master level track official, who served as a timer at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, as a track umpire at the 1987 Pan-American Games, as a starter for the 1990 Goodwill Games, as a Judge of the 1992 and 2008 USA Olympic Trials and Head Starter for the Seattle 1998 and Eugene 2004 National Junior Olympics.
2008 Dr. C. Harmon Brown
A well-respected author, coach, professor, speaker, endocrinologist, team administrator and track meet official, Dr. Brown, a resident of San Mateo, Calif., served the sport of track and field in countless ways. He died on November 11, 2008 at the age of 78. A school record-holding hurdler in his younger days, Brown earned his M.D. from the George Washington School of Medicine in 1956. While pursuing his career in medicine in California, he coached in club, high school, collegiate, national and international levels. During his coaching career he mentored numerous All-Americans and three Olympic throwers. He served on coaching staffs with nine Team USA international teams from 1967-1986, including two Olympic and two Pan-American teams.
2007 Dr. Bert Lyle
Lyle's Texas Women's University track & field teams garnered three AIAW national championships, including the inaugural event, and his teams also won two track & field federation championships. As well as serving as track & field coach from 1965 to 1988, he also served as athletics director and a member of the faculty. In 1994, he was inducted into the University's Athletics Hall of Fame. Dr. Lyle was coach of the United States sprint, hurdle, and relay teams at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He has had a tremendous impact on track & field as chair of USATF's Women's Development sprint subcommittee and as the elite sprint coordinator for the U.S. women.
2006 Heliodoro and Patricia Rico
Active in track and field as an athlete and administrator, Pat Rico served as the president of USA Track & Field from 1996 through 2000, where during her tenure she was the architect of a two-year restructuring of the governing body. A competitor in the discus throw as the 1960 U.S. Olympic Trials, Rico has served the sport in many capacities. Shortly after retiring from competition, she co-founded Track Mirror, the first American publication for women's track and field. She also began an association with the sport's national governing body, where she served as USATF's chair of the women's track and field committee for two terms (1971-75, 1984-88). A retired judge from the state of New York, Helio Rico served as the meet director of the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York from 1979-1993, and for a number of years after the Championships moved to Atlanta in 1994. The president of the Metropolitan Association of the AAU from 1962-1965, he was also served as chairman of the Metropolitan Association Track & Field Committee for six years and conducted roughly 30 track and field meets a year.
2004 Ike Belk
Quite possibly the greatest philanthropist in track & field history, Belk has donated the funds to build or rebuild 23 tracks to date in North Carolina. At each school, he also commissioned a large sculpture of the school's mascot He is a charter member of the USATF Foundation Board of Directors.
2002 Khalid Khannouchi
Khannouchi was a citizen of Morocco at the time he emigrated to the USA in 1992 until 2000, and was continually asked to represent his country of birth in international competition. But he steadfastly refused, passing up several major opportunities, and waiting for the day that he could represent his adopt ed country in competition. He is the only man (as of this writing in 2002) to have broken the 2:06 mark in marathons three times, including his 2002 London world record of 2:05:38.
2000 Dr. Norbert Sander
Dr. Sander, a physician by profession, is by avocation the founder and president of the 168th Street Armory Foundation, which has revitalized the historic building to accommodate nearly 100 events annually, serving over 300,000 athletes. Sander is also an active competitor, winning championship medals at the Penn Relays (1963), the NYC Marathon (1974), and many masters events today. Beginning in January, 2004, the Armory became permanent host to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, largely due to the efforts of Norb.
1998 J. R. Simplot
As the driving force behind the Simplot Games held each February at Idaho State University's Holt Arena in Pocatello, Simplot's long-standing contribution to the future of our sport has gone on too long without receiving the recognition he richly deserves.
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