Frank Shorter

Frank Shorter is one of the most respected athletes in the world. He visited Horst Engineering on Wednesday of this week. We were honored to teach Frank a bit about precision machining. Through some interesting circumstances, we were given our first ever opportunity to provide a “shop tour” to an Olympic Gold Medalist.

Ron Coleman, Frank Shorter, Elizabeth Waywell, Scott Livingston, Jim Estill, Deb Livingston, Shep Livingston

Shorter was the Honorary Chairman of this year’s Manchester Road Race and he ran it for the first time. Shorter, who is 60, is still in fabulous shape. If you don’t know Shorter’s history, you ought to. He has done tremendous things for both competitive and recreational running, cycling, and many other sports. He attended Yale, is an attorney, pioneered altitude training, helped establish the Boulder, Colorado fitness/outdoors community, and he was the founder of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Of course, he is best known for winning the gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in the marathon. He won the Silver in 1976, but questions remain about the winner and performance enhancing drugs. Shorter is a pioneer.

A good friend’s family is a host family for many of the elite runners that come to town every year to run Manchester on Thanksgiving Day. They were assigned Shorter this year and during the days leading up to the race, took to the task of driving him around to his various media stops and meetings. They had some downtime, and visited Horst. Shorter was genuinely interested in what we have done over the past 61 years (interestingly, the Manchester Road Race is 10 years older at 71), and probably enjoyed being anonymous amongst a group of machinists who don’t do a lot of running.

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