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6332-Malone University and Canton Marathon Present: And Evening with Olympic Long Distance Coach Jack Hazen

6332-May 3, 2012

Malone University and the Canton Marathon are collaborating to present An Evening with Coach Jack Hazen, Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Johnson Center main auditorium, located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The event is free and open to the public.

Legendary Coach Jack Hazen – renown for never having lost a conference title in a consecutive 45 years as Malone's cross country coach – will coach the long distance runners in the Games of the XXX Olympiad as a member of the Team USA Track and Field coaching staff. Hazen has recently returned from the West Coast, where he met with some of the world's best runners in preparation for the summer games, scheduled to take place in London July 27- August 12. Always the storyteller, "Coach" will present a preview of what and who to watch, as well as sharing the latest in technique and technology in long distance running.

The evening will also include a panel discussion with runners who have qualified for Olympic trials – as well as prizes and surprises.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Jack Hazen has served as head coach of men's cross country at Malone University for 45 years and as women's cross country head coach for 21 years. His men's program still ranks as the all-time winningest program as ranked by the NAIA and his 1972 men's team became the first Malone team to earn an NAIA national championship while his 1999 women's team became the second. In the fall of 2007, Hazen's men's cross country team captured the men's program's second NAIA national title in school history while his team actually completed a perfect season having finished first in every meet in which it competed. The Pioneer men backed up their incredible 2007 campaign with another national championship in 2008 as the squad held the NAIA's #1 national ranking from the season's start to finish. Then, in the fall of 2009, the men's program collected an incredible "three-peat" by capturing its third straight NAIA national title.

Hazen's men's squad has qualified for the NAIA national meet each and every year, having never lost a conference/district meet in the program's history. In addition, his men's team has 35 top-ten NAIA national finishes. The team has won eight All-Ohio titles, the last one in 2008. Notably, Malone is the only small school to have won the overall Ohio team title.

Jack has also coached men's track & field for 28 years and women's for three years. He has coached more than 325 NAIA All-Americans in cross country and track & field, which represents more than 80 percent of the All-Americans in all of Malone athletics history.

In February 2011, Jack was named to the men's track & field coaching staff for the 2012 Olympic Games. In addition to working with the men's distance runners for Team USA at the London Olympics, he has had several previous international coaching opportunities. He was named head manager for the 1999 Junior Pan American Track & Field Team and was twice named as U.S. Coach for men's cross country at the World Championships in Boston and Capetown, South Africa. He was also selected the assistant coach for the U.S. World Championship meet in Helsinki, Finland in 2005. Jack has coached two Olympians and served on the Track & Field Competition Management Team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

A member of the USA Track & Field board of directors, Jack has written textbooks on coaching and has been published numerous times. But most importantly, he has impacted many lives for Christ at Malone University.

The Inaugural Canton Marathon will be held this June 17. This runner's course, designed by runners, starts at the landmark Pro Football Hall of Fame and ends on the field where world famous champions play America's favorite game, Fawcett Stadium. The courses will run through Canton and Greater Stark County, and the marathon course will cross over I-77 on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Bridge. Running events on race day include the full marathon, half marathon, marathon 5-person team relays and the 10K race. There are walking divisions in the half and 10K and wheelchair divisions in the full marathon races. There will also be a two-day Fitness & Health Expo, June 15-16, and a Kids' Ultimate Marathon Dash on Saturday, June 16. The post-race festivities will take place on the Pro Football Hall of Fame grounds. To register or for more information, visit www.cantonmarathon.com.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330.471.8239
Cell: 330.324.2424


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