Patrick Receives Hirsch Journalism Award

Former USA Today writer first to receive the newly created honor.

Written by: David Monti
(c) 2010 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Former USA Today Olympic sports writer Dick Patrick became the first recipient of the George Hirsch Journalism Award, presented by the New York Road Runners.  The newly created annual award is named after former Runner’s World magazine publisher George Hirsch who is now the president of the New York Road Runners board of directors.

Patrick will be presented with a special award created by Tiffany & Company here on Friday, Nov. 5, two days ahead of the 41st running of the ING New York City Marathon. 

“To win an award named after George Hirsch is an undeserved honor,” said Patrick, 59, through a statement.  ”George has been a forward-thinking magazine publisher, a knowledgeable observer of distance running for a long time, and an accomplished distance runner himself.  He deserves to have an award named for him.  I’m fortunate to win the inaugural award.”

It’s ironic that Patrick was let go by USA Today last year, a casualty of a larger cost reduction program.  He had worked for the paper since 1986 where he wrote on five summer Olympics, nine world outdoor championships, two world indoor championships, two world cross country championships, and more than 60 major marathons.  He is presently a co-author of “Born to Overcome,” a biography of 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, to be published this fall.

“Dick is a professional and personal favorite of ours at NYRR,” said New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg.  ”What a treat it has been for us for so many years to have such a track & field aficionado covering our sport for USA Today and many other outlets.  Dick is the consummate professional.”

Patrick lives in Vienna, Va., with his wife, Jody, and children Eamonn, a Cornell University freshman, and Shea, a high school junior.

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