Jim Cinotto moved to Springfield in the fall of 1982 and joined the Springfield Road Runners Club shortly thereafter. He has been an active participant in the Springfield running community since then as a competitor, volunteer, race director, SRRC board member and business owner.
He has run 5K under 18 minutes, Abe’s Amble 10K in 36:08, the Frostbite 10 mile in 1:01:30 and the Lincoln Memorial Half Marathon in 1:21. He has 13 marathons under three hours. His best time of 2:48:49 was set at the 1997 Chicago Marathon. He won his age group at the 2002 Memphis Marathon and was the top finisher from Illinois at the 2003 Marine Corps Marathon. Jim’s running accomplishments are all the more remarkable because he has been legally blind for 20 years due to choroideremia, a degenerative eye disease.
Jim’s love of running motivated him to purchase the Springfield Running Center in 1987 along with three other local runners. He remained a partner in the business until 1993.
Jim spent six years on the SRRC Board of Directors including two years as club president. As past-president, Jim chaired the committee that established the SRRC Hall of Fame. Jim also served as a coach of the SRRC team in the 1994 Japan Sea Rim Ekiden.