Sports

September 7, 2013

Doug Hawley: Singleton brought a lot to race

When I recently learned Peachtree Road Race founder Tim Singleton had died, a flood of memories swept over me.

My first memories of Singleton were formed during the 1950s while watching him as an athlete at Atlanta’s Druid Hills High School. He dominated the hurdles events in the all-state track and field meet, which featured the best performers from all classifications.

On my first trip to the Boston Marathon in 1976, I flew with a group out of Atlanta. By coincidence, Singleton was the coordinator for the tour group.

My mother and father met me at our hotel in downtown Boston.

“I’m surprised that Tim is such a nice person,” said my father, Norman, after chatting for a little while with Singleton.

“Why do you say that?”

“I remember those days of watching him dominate those hurdles in high school,” he answered. “He was just so darned good!”

Singleton, a distinct “people person,” directed other running events such as the Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii.

He directed the Peachtree Race in Atlanta for the first six years. From a modest beginning of 110 runners, the world-famous event now limits the entries to a robust 60,000.

Singleton admittedly never dreamed he would turn into a distance runner, particularly for the standard 26.2-mile marathon. This was someone who earlier set state high school records in the high and low hurdles and the 880-yard relay while helping lead Druid Hills to three state championships. In football, Singleton was an all-state halfback. He also played for two state championship basketball teams.

After high school, he took his athletic talents across town to Georgia Tech, where he was a two-sport athlete in track and football.

Despite his allegiance to the Yellow Jackets over the years, Singleton introduced me to people on more than one occasion as “a former Georgia runner.”

Singleton coached the Georgia State cross country program in the 1960s. From 1976 to 1989, he taught business management in Houston.

Desiring a return to his home state, Singleton accepted a teaching position at North Georgia College and lived his last years in Dahlonega.

Those many people who love the Peachtree Road Race owe a lot to the man who made quite an impact in his 76 years.

BEACH RUNNING: On my recent annual weeklong journey to Destin, Fla., almost no one was running on the beach due to the heavy sand. Nevertheless, many people shared a nearby sidewalk as in the past, including runners and walkers.

The weather, mostly in the 80s, was marvelous. No rain struck. However, previous constant rain made the ocean unmanageable with seaweed and discolored water.

Anybody planning a late vacation might want to check out the projected water report.

UPCOMING RACES: Two races that count towards Runner of the Year points for Carpet Capital Running Club are set for the final week of this month.

The Unity Race is Sept. 24 in Calhoun, the annual 5K will be celebrating its 20th edition. The run starts at Gordon Central High School and finishes in downtown Calhoun.

The Eton 4-Miler, which is in its 10th year, begins and ends near the Old Wishing Well in Eton on Sept. 28. This is Georgia’s only certified four-mile race.

No race in our section of the country provides more quality post-race door prizes.

Doug Hawley has been a competitive distance runner for more than 50 years. You can write to him at dhawley@optilink.us.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Eder Mora.jpg Dalton's Eder Mora will not play football

    Dalton High School football coach Matt Land confirmed Friday morning that star linebacker Eder Mora will not play football this fall.
    “Eder, obviously, is not here,” Land said after the opening of the first day of conditioning for area high school teams. “He has an opportunity to do something really special in soccer.”

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7on7 day 1 '14 23 mlh.jpg Conditioning for success

    Local high school football teams have had voluntary workouts, seven-on-seven drills and other practices and camps throughout the summer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Summer of Satterfield: Rising star goes low for latest victory

    Chatsworth’s Savannah Satterfield is proving her mettle on the golf course this summer, and her latest tournament outing resulted in another title and a record round.

    July 25, 2014

  • Roadrunners’ Mitchell receives high academic honor

    Chatsworth’s Tyler Mitchell hopes to make his living playing professional golf. But if his dreams of courtesy cars and big checks on the PGA Tour don’t come through, he knows he can rely upon his education.

    July 25, 2014

  • Larry Case: Camping a sure cure for the big city blues

    In case you haven’t noticed, we are looking right down the gun barrel at winding down on another summer.

    July 25, 2014

  • Chris Whitfield's Fairways & Greens: Nob North prepares for 'big date'

    Like anyone getting ready for a big date, golf courses get dressed up when it is time for a major event. But while a woman may put on a little makeup and a man may add a spray of cologne, Nob North Golf Course in Varnell is getting something more akin to Botox.

    July 24, 2014

  • DSCgolf-col.jpg Dalton State notebook: Women's golf looking forward to tee time

    After a “redshirt” year for the entire program in 2013-14, Dalton State College’s women’s golf team is looking forward to its inaugural campaign.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todd roasted 1 mlh.jpg One last 'Goodbye' for coach Todd

    Charles Todd talks to parents and coaches before his going-away party Tuesday in the Dalton High School commons area.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fishing Lures3cw.jpg Turner lured into love of learning fishing business

    Fishing and tall tales go hand in hand, and after nearly three decades in a business supplying local anglers, Phil Turner has heard just about all of them.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • U.S. Amateur dreams over for local golfers

    Dalton golfers Chase Miller and Will Morrow traveled to Cincinnati on Tuesday in an attempt to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, but neither earned one of the three qualifying spots at the 6,588-yard, par-70 course at Camargo Club.

    July 23, 2014

Devin Golden's sports updates
AP Video
Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites