|Don began his running career at Hughes High School and continued it at the University of Cincinnati where he broke a mile run record that had stood for 25 years and the two-mile run record. In 1962 Don and a few friends helped start the summer track series (now known as the Don Wahle Summer Track and Field Games). Without his involvement it would have disappeared but through Don's herculean efforts the modest beginning became a major event in later years.
He co-founded the summer cross-country series in 1968. They are still held. He helped maintain and direct the Thanksgiving Day race during the 1970s. His involvement prevented this traditional event from disappearing. Although he is legally blind and 80 years young, Don still keeps active with his wife Ginny on their tandem bicycle. He was generally regarded as the single most important name in the Cincinnati running community from the early 1960s through the '80s.
For more information:
Bob Roncker's Running Spot in O'Bryonville