Year of Birth: 1933
Category: Builder and Athlete
Year of Induction: 2020
Ron Wallingford, a native of Ottawa born in 1933, captained the track team that won the Big Ten Championship at the University of Michigan. Ron held the prestigious positions of the Canadian Track and Field Technical Coordinator, the Technical Director of CTFA, and director of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Marathon race.
For more than 20 years Ron competed at Canada’s highest levels in events ranging from 1500m to the marathon and held Canada’s 3000m steeplechase record. He represented Canada at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, placing 6th. He also competed in three Pan Am Games – Chicago (1959), Winnipeg (1967), and Cali (1971).
Twice he established Canadian fastest times ever for a marathon, including a third-place finish at the 1964 Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 20 minutes and 51 seconds. This broke the Canadian fastest time for a marathon by more than two minutes and was the fourth fastest time ever recorded in this marathon over the official distance.
In 2002 Wallingford was inducted into the Laurentian University’s Hall of Fame as a builder. He is the author of three novels about track and field, “Chasing the Olympic Dream”, “Portrait of a Runner” (1985), and “Never Let Go” (2004).