COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Track Club

Friday, March 8, 2013 | 12:58 p.m. CST; updated 7:20 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Columbia Track Club is a running club that has participants from Columbia and surrounding towns. It was established in November 1968 and hosts many races throughout the year.


Founded: 1968

President: Bill Stolz

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History: Bill Clark, then director of recreation for the Parks and Recreation Department, founded the club in 1968. Clark, who was also a Columbia Tribune columnist, placed a notice in the Tribune for a meeting of people interested in creating a track club. The Columbia Track Club was formed, and Joe Duncan became the first club president.

The Columbia Track Club sponsors a cross-country team, the Columbia Colts, which competes in meets during the fall. The team is coached by Dick Hessler and travels to Jefferson City, Ashland and other places for races. The team’s home course is at Stephens Lake Park.

Heart of America Marathon: The Columbia Track Club hosts the annual Labor Day tradition, which dates back to 1960 and is one of the oldest marathons in the country. Known for its hills and heat, it is considered one of the toughest marathons in the country.

Links and sources

Columbia Track Club website

Race course said to be 'designed by the devil'

Profile of Joe Schroeder: The man who made the marathon

Heart of America marathon won by Columbia rookie

Updated: March 8, 2013

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