Heart of America Marathon
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goes to that runner who most improves his/her time from a previous personal best of under 5:00. Dave Schulte was a charter member of the Columbia Track Club and its first Secretary-¬Treasurer. Dave died of melanoma cancer in December, 1973. He was one of those persons who never had any thought of winning any race or even any age group award. His main objective was personal improvement and he strove mightily to achieve that in many CTC races. For many years he was in charge of results for the marathon and he was the first person to get an accurate measurement of the course with a bicycle and Jones Counter.

The first 20 Dave Schulte Awards were bronze marathon runner statues created by Larry Young. LARRY YOUNG is a two-time Olympic medalist, winning a bronze medal in the 1968 Mexico City Games in the 50 kilometer walk and duplicating that feat in the 1972 Munich Olympics. Larry twice race-walked Heart of America: 3:44:05 in 1975 and 3:50:47 in 1976.