Minister in Valley Forge, Hall of Fame Distance Runner Remembered for His Passion for Both Religion and Sports

Norman Green Jr. and his wife Delores.
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Norman M. Green Jr., retired Baptist minister and a distance runner, is remembered for his passion for sports.

Norman M. Green Jr., retired Baptist minister and a distance runner who had a bench dedicated in his honor near the Betzwood Bridge entrance to the Schuylkill River Trail, is being remembered for both his passion for religion and for sports, writes Gary Miles for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Green, who was also a celebrated USA Track and Field administrator, was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1957. He served for American Baptist National Ministries, now American Baptist Churches USA, in Valley Forge as director of planning resources from 1977 until he retired in 1995.

He started jogging at a young age. In high school, he set several high school records and close to 40 national and international records in Masters age-group distance races, some of which still stand to this day.

He was inducted into several halls of fame, including the USATF Masters Hall of Fame.

In recognition of his decades of service, the USATF Mid-Atlantic Association dedicated a bench in Montgomery County in his honor.

“Even after he retired, he was working 70-hour weeks for the church and running organizations,” said his daughter, Cindy Scott.

Read more about Norman Green in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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