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Moore earns journalism honor.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Kenny Moore, a two-time Olympian, University of Oregon alum and Eugene author, has been named as the 2012 recipient of the George Hirsch Journalism Award by the New York Road Runners, it was announced Wednesday.

Moore, 68, began his journalism career as a writer for Sports Illustrated while completing his master's degree in creative writing at Oregon. He will be honored at a news conference in New York City on Nov. 2.

The 43rd annual New York City Marathon will be held Nov. 4.

Hirsch, the award's namesake, was the founding publisher and president of The Runner magazine from 1978 to 1986, and worldwide publisher of Runner's World from 1987 to 2003. Today, Hirsch is the chairman of the board of directors of New York Road Runners.

"Knowing what George Hirsch has done to serve our sport, this award has made me humble, almost but not quite, beyond words," Moore said in a news release. "It's hugely gratifying to know my writing has struck readers as useful. In fact, it's been nothing but a privilege and joy to be able to follow champions from Abdi Bile to Joan Samuelson home from their triumphs, and make known the vividness of their character."

After ending his 25-year career as senior writer for Sports Illustrated, Moore spent two years as co-writer and producer of "Without Limits," the biographical film about two legendary UO track and field figures - distance runner Steve Prefontaine and coach Bill Bowerman.

In 2006, Moore completed his biography on Bowerman, titled "Bowerman and the Men of Oregon." Moore was a three-time UO all-American runner for Bowerman from 1964 to 1966.

Moore, an inductee into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, is a two-time Olympian and former U.S. record-holder in the marathon. He placed 14th at the 1968 Mexico City Games and fourth at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Two-time Olympicpole vaulter dies at 83

CENTRAL POINT - Two-time Olympic pole-vaulter George Mattos has died at age 83.

Relatives said the Pole Vault Hall of Fame member died Oct. 18 in Southern Oregon, where he had lived for two decades. He had prostate cancer.

In the Olympics, Mattos finished ninth in 1952 in Helsinki and fourth in 1956 in Melbourne.

Fellow American Bob Richards took gold both times.

Mattos starred at San Jose State after edging future "I Spy" actor Robert Culp to win the 1947 California high school championship.

Following his Olympic career, the accomplished clarinet and saxophone player helped start the music department at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif. A scholarship there honors his legacy.

He told the Mail Tribune newspaper in August that the Olympic experience was fun, but music was his life's work.
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Title Annotation:Running; The ex-Oregon runner and SI writer gets George Hirsch award
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Geographic Code:1U9OR
Date:Oct 25, 2012
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