Max Springer

Hall of Fame • Class of 2011

Max Springer began running at age 64 which goes to prove it is never too late to make a new start. He was a member of a noontime physical fitness class available to UT faculty and staff when it was suggested by a Dr. Halley that the group train to enter the first KTC Expo to be held that spring. Springer ran in that initial Expo race and every Expo, except one, over the next thirty years. Also at Dr. Halley's suggestion, Max ran three miles every other day for those thirty years.

Springer, who passed away just ten days before his 96th birthday, still holds three World and three U.S. records of the ten he set. Max was a shining example of the KTC spirit. After being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy in 2006, he immediately bounced back nine months later to compete at the National Senior Olympics and the USATF National Championships in 2007. In August 2009, Max set two American records at the National Senior Olympics in Palo Alto, California, just two months before his death. In total, he won 32 USTAF National Championship titles and placed in the top three twelve times at the WMA World Championships at distances from 200 to 5000 meters, plus the long and triple jumps. The WMA World Championships in which Springer competed were: Gateshead, England in 1999; Carolina, Puerto Rico in 2003; and San Sebastian, Spain in 2005. Springer also has 16 Tennessee state records in road racing and numerous Tennessee Senior Olympic honors. Max represented the Knoxville Track Club by proudly wearing the KTC jersey in all of these state and championship races.

Max was known nationwide in the Masters running world. He was inducted into the USATF Masters Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2006. He is in the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame as well. In addition, he served the club as a KTC/UT track and field official for many years.

Springer passed his love of running to his granddaughters, Alison and Audrey Springer-Wilson, and they have continued the family running tradition in their home state of Michigan. Max Springer was truly an inspiration.