Endurance sports industry veteran Mike Reilly was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions during its annual conference, recently held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.
“It is an honour and privilege to welcome hundreds of the top companies, events and individuals to our annual conference,” said Running USA CEO Rich Harshbarger. “We had an exceptional group of award winners this year, and their spirit and accomplishments carried through to the overall success of the event.”
The Running USA Hall of Champions is reserved for individuals who have made a difference in the sport of road running at the highest levels, while continuing to show devotion, vision and commitment to the runners they serve.
Mike Reilly – known worldwide as ‘The Voice of Ironman’ – has announced more than 1000 endurance events and has welcomed over 2 million race finishers in a career that has spanned over 30 years. As a pioneer in the sport, Reilly has ‘defined how races are called and how endurance athletes are celebrated’.
Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon and himself a 2005 inductee, had the honour of inducting Mike into the Hall of Champions. “Mike Reilly has inspired tens of thousands of endurance athletes to believe in themselves,” said McGillivray. “His illustrious announcing career includes over 1,000 endurance events – among them 160 IRONMAN triathlons – where he proclaims each finisher’s accomplishment with his iconic phrase, ‘You Are An Ironman!’ Mike’s dedication and impact on the worldwide endurance community is legendary, and is simply unmatched in the industry.”
Mike has overseen the evolution of amateur running and triathlon, since his days of owning retail running shoe stores in the late 1970s. Today Mike Reilly continues in his role as lead announcer at IRONMAN triathlons worldwide, including the Hawaii IRONMAN World Championships, and is penning his soon-to-be-released book about inspirational stories from the world’s most famous finish lines. He is a member of the IRONMAN Hall of Fame and sits on the board of Triathlon Business International (TBI).