With a varied and accomplished career now covering all or part of four decades, John Hartnett is a most deserving inductee into the 2009 Springfield Road Runners Hall of Fame Class. With what started as an outstanding distance running career with such quality efforts as 4:39 for the mile run, 33:40 for a 10K personal best, 2:47 for the marathon, all surrounding a superb effort right in the middle of the distance range with his 1:13 ½ marathon best, expanded to include an equally impressive administrative contribution.
His dedication to our sport and our club is immeasurable considering the number of races John, along with a selfless and hardworking “teammate” named Denise (John’s wife), has directed and co-directed numbering very close to 50 events! That gift of time that John gave was not limited to race day. He also had five tours of duty as SRRC President or Past President. John Hartnett was a recipient of the prestigious Diane Pellegrini Award honoring his volunteer contributions to the Springfield Road Runners Club along with national recognition from the RRCA as a National Volunteer of the Year.
With the excellent background John developed as a runner and organizer of quality running events, it was a natural transition for him to add work as a highly successful high school cross country and track coach. His efforts helped to lead the Sacred Heart-Griffin Girl’s Cross Country team to two consecutive state championships. While certainly very worthy, John Hartnett’s induction into the SRRC Hall of Fame has undoubtedly set the bar very high for future nominees.
By Jay Rogers