Our Founder – Tal Morrison

Tal Morrison at the 2013 DRC Holiday Party where he was inducted into the DRC Hall of Fame. Tal Morrison was the founder and the first president of the Dallas Running Club, originally named "Cross Country Club of Dallas" through 2006. He started running in 1960 inspired by the push President Kennedy was making at the time for physical exercise. “President Kennedy didn't want any fat military,” Morrison recalls. Three years later, in 1963, he did his first 50 miler, a race in Washington, D.C. named after President Kennedy.

When he retired in 1967, he continued running and usually found himself at White Rock Lake. He decided to start a running club, and he wanted to pattern it off the New York Running club, which had a race the first Saturday of every month at 8 a.m. To get members, he would stop other runners he would see at the lake and ask for their contact information.

Humble Beginnings

Dues the first year, dues were a whopping $3 a piece and Morrison managed to gather together about 20 members that first year. One of those members was none other than Don Lucas, a lawyer turned shoe salesman, who ended up naming his first running shoe store after his dog, Luke.

Morrison remembers well November 1969, which was the first running of the Dallas Turkey Trot. "We had about 15 of our members run the race and everyone placed," he says.

In honor of the great contribution Tal Morrison has made to the DRC and the Dallas running community, the DRC's February race is officially called The Tal Morrison Classic and a scholarship program, Scholars On The Run, The Tal Morrison Scholarship fund, has also been organized in his name. Tal Morrison returns every year to the race named after him to help present runners with their awards.

Past Presidents

Here is a list of past club presidents and their years served since the founding of the club in 1969.

President

Term(s)

Tal Morrison 1969-1973
Ralph Taite 1973-1974
Norm Alsobrook 1975-1976
Dave Debell 1976
Dave Branning 1976-1977
Dale Hager 1977-1978
James Thruston 1979-1982
Dan Millet 1983
Ed Weadock 1984
Peggy Tibbits & Bob Hancock 1985-1986
Jean Millet 1987-1989
George Eastes 1990-1991, 1993-1994
J.D. Miller 1992-1993
Cricket Griffin 1995-1996
Dan Lipshur 1997-1998
Horace Duncan 1999-2000
Cline Taplin 2001-2004
Glenn Carter 2005-2006
Libby Jones 2007-2008
Greg Hall 2009-2010
Peggy Munroe 2011-2012
Kyle Wills 2012-2014
Stephanie Hascal President Elect

 

  
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