Spirit of the Equinox

The Spirit of the Equinox Award was established in 1986 in memory of George Bloom.

Georgie ran the Equinox Marathon 18 consecutive years and felt that it was the ultimate running event. The award is to exemplify what Georgie stood for in the running community–someone who was always willing to lend a hand, organize a race, offer an encouraging word, and was quick with a smile and a wave.

The award recipients are selected by a committee consisting of the members of the local running community and one person from Georgie’s immediate family. The recipients of this award are not required to have run the Equinox Marathon. In fact, they need not even be runners. The committee bases their selection of the recipient on these criteria:

  • Contribution to the running community
  • How inspirational the recipient is to others
  • Overall attitude and enthusiasm toward others

Below is a list of winners of the Spirit of the Equinox Award. Click on an award-winner’s name to get a bio of that person. (We are gradually adding bios for the winners in earlier years. If you know or knew the person well, particularly their involvement with running and RCN, please contact us!)


2023Don Kiely
2022Susan Faulkner and Darren Rorabaugh
Andy Sterns
2019Bobbi Jo Katchmar
2018Andy Holland
2017Matias Saari
2016Ed Debevec
2015George Berry
2014Bob Vitale
2013Gary Pohl
2012Monte Jordon
2011Glenn Hackney
2010Tracey Martinson
2009Jim Loftus
2008Bob Hildebrandt
2007Keith Pollock
2006Woody Wenstrom
2005John Estle
2004Bob Eley
2003Kevin Brinegar
2002Dave & JoEllen Cowee
2001Jane Lanford
2000Steve Bainbridge
1999Bob and Sharon Baker
1998Jane Parrish
1997Ron Johnson and Colleen Porter
1996Pat Kling
1995Bobbi Fyten and Guy Williams
1994Dan Callahan
1993Debbie Ganley
1992Allen Doyle
1991Joy and David Bloom
1990Corky Hebard
1989Jack Townshend
1988Dorothy Sue Barclay
1987Mike Faverty
1986Bob Murphy and Stan Justice