5 Into New Orleans Track Club Hall of Fame

08/10/2017 - 18:34

Source: New Orleans Track Club

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Track Club (NOTC) is inducting five new members into its Hall of Fame. They will be introduced Sunday, Aug. 13, at the NOTC's 54th Anniversary Race.

To be inducted are:

J. Roger Brown, a staple and fixture in the running community. He is someone that NOTC members and local area runners respect and look up to, not only because of his consistent and high-level performance as an athlete over the years, but also his good-hearted and genuine nature as a person.

Phil Goia, who is recognized in the NOTC community as the driving force behind the Chalmette Track Club. Many young, developing Chalmette area runners benefitted from Phil’s promotion of running in St. Bernard Parish. He was one of the primary people keeping the Chalmette Track Club alive after the devastation suffered by that area from Hurricane Katrina. Phil is an avid runner and completed the last 34 Mardi Gras - Rock ’n’ Roll New Orleans Marathons in a row. The old record was 26. Phil is recognized annually as one of the very few men who have completed all the Spillway Classic Races.

Mark Marley competed in NOTC races from 1965 to 2000. At distances from two miles to 50k he won or placed well. At Jesuit High, he won district championships in the 880 and the mile and set the school record in the mile. At Tulane he ran track and cross country and received the Forest T. Oakes Award (Most Inspirational). From 1970 to 2000 he ran over thirty marathons, two of which he won. For twenty-three years he coached middle school track and cross country. Several of his boys and girls went on to outstanding high school careers.

Brendan Minihan Sr. ran track and cross country on scholarship at Louisiana Tech University for legendary Coach Jim Mize between 1964 and 1968. After graduation, he moved to New Orleans and eventually became part of the local "running boom" that our club's founders started in the 1970s. Brendan continued running NOTC events into the 1980's and 1990's, running a 16:40 for the 5K and a 34:08 for the 10K as a Master’s competitor. Brendan served on the NOTC Board as Treasurer.

Jenni Peters is one of the greatest runners to perform, win and set records in road and track races in New Orleans history. She parlayed a successful elite running career into a business and marketing professional career that led to the opening of Varsity Sports, Baton Rouge in 2000. She has since opened Varsity Sports stores in Mandeville in 2007, New Orleans in 2010 and Metairie in 2017. If her personal running career was not inspiration enough to a generation of runners, her professional commitment to running in south Louisiana has aided in the popularity and explosion of a modern running boom.

The NOTC Hall of Fame was established in 2013.

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