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3 picked for Hall of Fame



Published: Sat, April 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Ken Jakubec, Gaza Kochy and Ron Voitus have been honored.

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Road Runners Club recently selected Ken Jakubec, Gaza Kochy and Ron Voitus as this year's Hall of Fame inductees.

Jakubec, a member of Road Runners since 1976, graduated from Fitch High in 1964 and has been an Ohio High School Athletic Association track official for 32 years.

He has served as president of the Greater Youngstown Track Officials Association and was honored with the Distinguished Service Award in 1993 by the Ohio Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Kochy, honored posthumously, ran in 157 marathons, including the Pittsburgh Spring Thaw Marathon in 1983 at age 63. A West Virginia native, Kochy competed in the 1985 Senior Olympics and was a consistent age group winner in various local races.

Voitus, of New Springfield, graduated from Poland in 1970 after competing in football and track and field. A middle school teacher, Voitus has completed five marathons with a personal best time of 2:48.

They will be honored at a banquet on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gatsby in Austintown. Cost is $16 per dinner and the public is invited. For reservations, call Denise Losiewicz (330-793-3468) or Bill Richardson (330-759-0215).

RRCA Award Winners

The Road Runners Club of America recognized Matt Folk, Laura (Thomas) Kaulen, Len Goldman and Kathryn Martin as the 2004 National Award Winners.

Folk and Kaulen were teammates at Youngstown State and both still hold many top times in cross country and track. Folk is now an assistant track and cross country coach at YSU.

The RRCA, the largest grassroots running organization in the country, honors members who give freely of their time and talent to improve the running community.

Each year, RRCA members across the country make nominations for the national awards. Then volunteer committees evaluate and choose the national winners to be recognized at the RRCA's national convention, which will be held in New Orleans this May.




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