Ed Leddy

Hall of Fame • Class of 2014

Ed Leddy was a multiple-time All-American in track and cross- country while at East Tennessee State University. His career, both collegiate and post-collegiate, spanned many years and earned honor for him and for the Knoxville Track Club.

His NCAA National Championships results in cross country:

• 1971: 8th (won by Steve Prefontaine)
• 1972: 3rd (UT won ‘72 team title)
• 1973: 14th (won by Prefontaine)

In NCAA track and field, he took:

• 1973: 5th place Steeplechase
• 1974: 3rd place Steeplechase
• 1975: 5th place 10k

Leddy also represented Ireland at the 1972 Munich Olympics in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase, and in the 1976 Olympics competed in the 5000 Meters and 10000 Meters.

Leddy moved to Knoxville in the mid 1970’s to train for the 1976 Olympics and run for the Knoxville Track Club. He made a lasting impression personally as well as with his running accomplishments. KTC Hall of Fame member Marty Sonnenfeldt came to know Leddy and recalls, “The manner in which Ed gave me advice during those times remains with me to this day; he was always a calming force of reason.”

While running for the KTC during those years, Leddy moved the KTC name to national prominence through his performance results. The insignia “KTC” was known nationally as one of the best in track and field. Highlights include:

• 1974: 4th place at the AAU Track Nationals - 3000M Steeplechase
• 1975: Winner of the Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta, in 29:52
• 1976: 5th place at the AAU Cross -Country Nationals 5k- in 13:45
• (He was part of a team of four KTC athletes that took 3rd place as a team)
• 1976: First place at the AAU Track Nationals - 10k in 28:46

Locally Leddy won just about every road race there was to be run in Knoxville. He was the winner of the first EXPO 10k and in 1979 he won the EXPO and set the course record of 28:20.

Leddy currently resides in Knoxville and is the Director of Marketing for Pilot Corporation. Leddy was inducted into the East Tennessee State University Hall of Fame some years ago. One of the goals of the KTC Hall of Fame is to honor KTC athletes as well as founders and administrators. One very deserving outstanding athlete is Ed Leddy.