Barbara Miller, who has been dubbed by some local runners as “the legend,” will be inducted into the Sacramento Running Association’s Hall of Fame during a Feb. 24 ceremony.
Miller started running in 1983 when she was in her 40s and ran for Modesto Junior College when she was 47.
Over the years, this masters phenom has set several age-group records in the 5K, 8K, 10K, 12K, half-marathon and marathon. Miller also has been a top age-group finisher at numerous national marathons, including Boston, Grandma’s, Twin Cities, Big Sur, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, St. George, Tucson, San Francisco, Disney world, Honolulu, Humboldt, Napa and CIM.
She still holds the age-group (60-69) course and American record of 3:11:57, set at the 2000 Boston Marathon. That same year, she was named Runner’s World top female masters athletes of the year. Masters is the category of runners 40 years old and older.
Miller was inducted into the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Pacific Association USATF Hall of Fame in 2015.
Currently, she is race director for the Modesto Memorial Classic and a mentor for the Teens Run Modesto program. Miller was a founding member of the Spirit of Giving 5K, a Modesto holiday run held annually in December.