PROFILE--Creigh Kelley has been running for 50+ years

(Oct. 2019) A serious runner for 50+ years, Denver's Creigh Kelley has made major contributions to U.S. road racing as a race director, start/finish announcer, and influencer with USATF and other national running organizations. Now 72, he continues running, announcing, and organizing, despite a serious cancer scare in 2012. From that, he learned "to embrace every part of our remaining years." His dog/training partner keeps him centered as well, always getting excited by seemingly-mundane sights and sounds on their early-morning runs. "He helps me appreciate the simple pleasures of the natural world," says Kelley.

Your career/profession? I’ve been a competitive runner, a race director and have held leadership positions in the local and national running community. I was one of the founders of Running USA, the national non-profit running trade association. Fifteen-plus years ago, I was one of the original managers of the