Almond native John Tuttle has been selected for induction into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame. Tuttle, a 1977 graduate of Alfred-Almond High School where he was a standout athlete went on to compete collegiately at Auburn University in Alabama and then had a successful professional career including making the 1984 Olympic Team in the marathon based on his third place finish at the Olympic Trials held in Buffalo.
Following his professional running career Tuttle continued to flourish as a masters athlete including the following highlights:
- Five time Age Division Runner of the Year from 1999 to 2010,
- U.S. M40 5 km record - 14:19
- U.S. M40 8 km record - 23:25
- 10 km in 29:27 at the age of 40 (96.47% age graded score)
- 15 km in 45:19 at the age of 40 (95.30% age graded score)
Tuttle was inducted with fellow Olympians and masters stars - Joan Benoit Samuelson and Colleen DeReuck.
The primary criterion for selection into the USATF Masters Hall of Fame is the production of at least 25 outstanding races over an athlete’s career as a master (age 40+). The standard is determined in terms of age-grading [AG] standards. AG is a measure that indicates how fast an athlete is running compared to the fastest time an athlete of that age and sex has run. Attainment of a 90% AG in a race is considered to be a ‘World-Class’ performance. Active Runners must have at least 10 years of Masters running performance. While no specific honors are required, most of the runners have received many honors and accolades in their day.