Keystone Oaks Grad Inducted Into Pittsburgh Hall of Fame
Rich Wright is one of four inductees this year into the Pittsburgh Running Hall of Fame.
Already a legend to many, Rich Wright—a Keystone Oaks alum who is now Baldwin High School's head boys cross country coach and an assistant for Baldwin's girls cross country and boys and girls indoor and outdoor track & field teams—is officially a Hall-of-Famer.
The venerable coach has been inducted into the Pittsburgh Running Hall of Fame.
Organized by Pittsburgh Marathon officials, Wright, who lives on Baldwin Borough's Elmwood Drive, is one four members of the Hall's 2012 class, which also includes Kevin Gatons, Joe Sarver and Gary Siriano.
Wright, 60, is a 1970 graduate of Keystone Oaks High School who is being inducted as a contributor to the sport in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Wright's Hall of Fame biography, as listed on the Hall's website, is as follows:
"In the early 1980s, Wright began taking on a key role at many of the top local/regional races. In 1992, Wright began coaching at Baldwin High School in both track and cross country. Two years later, he lent his expertise to the Pittsburgh Marathon as a finish line coordinator. His running achievement is noteworthy, having set his marathon personal best of 2 hours, 57 minutes in Columbus. Wright is also a member of the United States Streak Runners Association, having run every day since Aug. 2, 1990."
Wright's running streak has become local legend in the Baldwin-Whitehall area. In order for a streak to remain official, one must complete at least one mile of non-stop running every day.
Wright often runs more than one mile per session, he said, but he is sure to complete at least one, even while on vacation.
"The streak's still alive," he said. "It will be 22 years on Aug. 2."
The Pittsburgh Running Hall of Fame started with its first class in 2009 and now includes 15 honorees.
"I guess a lot of people just felt that my contributing to running in the community—doing the Steeler race, the Brentwood race, you know, different 5Ks, and then, being a coach—doing a lot for the sport itself of running (was worthy of induction)," Wright said.
"I am very humbled and honored by it."
This story originally appeared on Baldwin-Whitehall Patch.