CTC is a not-for-profit organization that supports the recreational and competitive athlete. We are a member of the Missouri Valley Association of USA Track & Field, the governing body of track & field, racewalking and distance running.
The Columbia Track Club was founded in November, 1968. Bill Clark was Director of Recreation for the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. He had promoted many running and race-walking events over the previous several years, mostly notably the Heart of America Marathon in 1960. In the fall of 1968 he placed a notice in the Columbia Daily Tribune, for which he was a columnist, announcing a meeting for those who were interested in forming a track club. This meeting was held with ten interested people in attendance. It was decided to proceed with the formation of the club, emphasizing distance running and race-walking as a way to fitness for everyone. A meeting was held at the home of Joe Duncan and the club was formally organized with the decision to incorporate. The club was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, by-laws were created and a schedule set for races in 1969.
The main objective of the club was to have a year-round program of distance running and race-walking for everyone. Individual improvement towards fitness was emphasized although competition was also encouraged. The club did achieve its objectives for, even today, it has a year-round program for everyone, highlighted by a couple of mega-races and the Heart of America Marathon which will have its 60th Annual running in 2019.
Probably the best decision made by the club was to develop a fitness program for the youth of Columbia emphasizing running and walking. In March, 1974 the Board of Directors voted to establish a Youth Program for kids, ages 3-18. The idea was to have meets on 6 Wednesday evenings at the Hickman HS track during the summer. The meets would consist of 5 running events and a 1-mile walk. The participation fee would be a one-time $1. A similar format continues to this day with 5 Wednesday evenings, 6 running events including 50-yard dash, 100-meter dash, 200-meter run, 400 meter run, 800 meter run, and 1-mile run. Also, long jump and shot put have been added. The current cost is $5 per child/maximum $10 per family.
In the late 80’s CTC established a scholarship fund to assist graduating High School Seniors who meet certain criteria in the CTC By-Laws. Over 30 $500-$1,000 scholarships have been awarded with this program.
Community Good Will
In 2001, CTC donated a water fountain to the MKT trailhead at Scott Boulevard. In addition CTC lends a helping hand to several hospitals and charitable organizations.
Presidents of the Columbia Track Club
|Joe Duncan||Nov 1968 to Oct 1987|
|Tom Coon||Nov 1987 to June 1989|
|Joe Marks||July 1989 to June 1991|
|Steve Stonecipher-Fisher||July 1991 to Dec 1992|
|Joe Marks||Jan 1993 to Nov 1995|
|Curt Kempf||Dec 1995 to Oct 1997|
|Dick Hessler||Nov 1997 to Nov 2004|
|Linda LaFontaine||Dec 2004 to Dec 2009|
|Bill Stolz||Jan 2010 to Dec 2012|
|Matt Dreier||Jan 2012|
|Beth Luebbering||Jan 2012 to Feb 2018|
|Tom May||Mar 2018 to Sept 2018|
|Vacant||Sept 26, 2018 to present|
CTC Board of Directors
- Vacant, president
- Vacant, vice-president
- Thom Allen, secretary-treasurer
- Andy Emerson
- Allan Benjamin
- Steve Stonecipher-Fisher
- Dick Hessler
- Kathy Lee
- Nancy Rezabek
- Matt Rold
- Nancy Taube
- Hugh Emerson, webmaster
- Andy Emerson, webmaster, social media coordinator
- Ellen Pagan, newsletter editor
CTC publishes a newsletter eight times per year. The web site will always be an issue behind.