HOF 2011

Hall of Fame Inductees for 2011

HallMusco2OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJERRY MUSCO
The founder of the club and a long-time president, Jerry was also a very talented runner who was able to finish a marathon in under three hours, the Blessing of the Fleet 10-mile race in under an hour, and a 400-meter interval in under 75 seconds. But Jerry was also best known for exemplifying leadership in supporting the goals and principles of the club. “His life wasn’t about success in running, it was all about the other runners,” said RIRR member Milt Schumacher, who along with Jerry’s wife, Barbara (right), presented Jerry into the inaugural class. “Running was never about himself.”

Jerry passed away in June, 2000 after losing a battle with cancer, and two races have been dedicated to his memory, the Jerry Musco Memorial Road Race in Coventry and Lincoln (2001-2008) and the Memorial 5K in Johnston (2009-present).

HallJoePascale HallJoePactionJOE PASCALE
Whoever coined the phrase “better late, than never” could have had Joe in mind. A World War II veteran, Joe didn’t start running until 1985 at the age of 62. But Joe certainly made up for lost time by running in over 600 races since the mid-1990s and consistently placing in the 70-plus age division.

Joe, who passed away in Feb. 2012, was also a 15-year member of the New England 65+ Running Club and had also been named the R.I. 80+ Male Runner of the Year by New England Runner on multiple occasions. “He is an inspiration to the club,” said RIRR member Chuck Hyson, who presented Joe at the inaugural induction ceremony.

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