HOF Board


The Western New York Running Hall of Fame Board of Directors:


Bill Donnelly, President

  • Past President, Buffalo Philharmonic Athletic Club
  • Member, Belle Watling Athletic Club (since 1975)
  • Author, Buffalo Chips, a humorous running blog
  • Contributor, Running Times and Marathon & Beyond


Budd Bailey


Mike Beato 

Mike Curry

  • Past President, Lancaster Striders Running Club
  • Past President, Nickel City Roadrunners
  • Past Race Director, Podiatry 5K
  • Medical Staff, Olympic Marathon Trials 1980 and 1984


Mark Finucane

  • Earned All-Catholic honors in cross-country and track.
  • Three-time All-American at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.
  • Won Delaware YMCA Turkey Trot 1980-83.
  • Won Conners-Kait-Harrity Four Mile Race in 1980, 1981, and 1983. His 1983 time of 18:19 is the course record.
  • Finished third in the 1984 Houston Marathon with a time of 2:11:55.
  • Finished 74th in the 1984 Olympic Trials in Niagara Falls with a time of 2:28:39.
  • Member of two USA Cross Country teams in the early 1980s and a member of the U.S. World Cup Marathon Team in 1985.
  • Member of four Halls of Fame: the St. Francis High School Hall of Fame, the East Tennessee State University Hall of Fame, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, and now the Western New York Running Hall of Fame.


Jim Kenney

  • Member, Checkers Athletic Club
  • Committee Member, Olympic Marathon Trials, 1980 and 1984
  • Past Race Director, Darien Lake Triathlon
  • Past Committee Member, Nissan Buffalo Marathon


Vicki Mitchell

  • Two-time USA Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • Seven-time Cross Country/Track and Field All American
  • Coach, University at Buffalo men’s and women’s cross country and women’s track teams
  • Coach, Checkers Athletic Club
  • Board of Directors, Girls on the Run of Buffalo


Don Pembleton

  • Race Director, Lebro’s Fall Classic
  • Member, Greater Buffalo Track Club (Past Vice President)
  • Member, Ionraic Triathlon Club
  • Committee Member, Fabulous 5K Race Series
  • Committee Member, Subaru 4 Mile Chase
  • Committee Member, Grand Island Half Marathon and 10K
  • Past Committee Member, Ford and Nissan Buffalo Marathons


Michael Schiavone 

  • President, Bond Lake Athletic Club


Fritz Van Leaven

You can reach any board member via e-mail at hof@checkersac.org.