Steve DeBoer was named the 2016 Runner of the Year at the Rochester Track Club banquet Saturday, Jan. 28.
Most runners in Rochester think of Steve DeBoer merely as the guy who rarely wears a shirt. However, DeBoer has gained national recognition for his dedication to the sport as he has been running at least one mile every day since June 7, 1971. That's more than 45 years, giving him the third-longest daily running streak in the country, according to the United States Running Streak Association (USRSA).
In an article about streakers in Minnesota, Steve Gathje, 60, of south Minneapolis, who is the second-ranked streak runner in the state behind DeBoer, said, "While I totally admire his running, what I really admire is the way he treats other people. He is someone who brings a passion not only to his own running but also to supporting the running of others, no matter what their talent level or accomplishments may be. He is an awesome, positive cheerleader for anyone who calls himself or herself a runner."
DeBoer has handled the Rochester Track Club Grand Prix program for at least 30 years as well as the RTC cross-country race. A dietician at Mayo Clinic, he has also shared his vast knowledge on eating, running and stretching at marathon training classes and other venues.
He may not be the fastest runner in Rochester, but his dedication and endurance serve as an inspiration.