2012 – Dave Egan
David Egan is one of the best male high school runners to come out of the Springfield area. Running for Chatham Glenwood, he is a two time member of the Detweiler Park sub-15:00 club. He ran ran 14:44 as a junior and 14:43 as a senior at the Illinois State championship course. His highest finish was seventh place which was just three seconds behind first place. David also set a course record at the Lincoln Park cross-country course and his time of 14:51 still stands as the fourth fastest time ever run on that course by a high school runner. (David ran a 14:44 in the Floyd Imports cross-country meet on the Lincoln Park course as an adult). David also had a successful track career. He ran 4:16 for the 1600 and 9:01 for the 3200. His 3200 time still stands in the top 50 times in Illinois high school history. The State Journal-Register selected David as its male high school runner of the year.
After running track and cross-country at collegiate powerhouse Arkansas, David returned to the area and started his post-college athletic career, focused on multisport events. He traveled to Mexico and won his age group at the 1996 World Duathlon Championship. He was also a successful triathlete. He won the Tri-Shark Triathlon in Bloomington-Normal and still holds the course records for fastest bike and run splits.
Although he enjoyed biking and swimming, his first love was always running. He beat 5,000 other runners to win the St. Louis St. Patrick Day race. He ran so fast in winning Williamsville’s Autumn on the Boulevard five mile race that the lead cyclist could not keep us with him. He won the Art Fair 5K and the AMA/Presidential 5K. He was one of the runners on the team that set and still holds the course record at River to River. He has a 5K PR of 14:44 and a 10K PR of 30:08.
David served on the SRRC Board as technical programs director. He also served as a coach for the SRRC entry in the 2003 Japan Sea Rim Ekiden.