Tom Fort

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For nearly 50 years, Tom Fort was a leader in organizing and officiating track and field events and amateur sports throughout the state of Delaware. A trackman at the
University of Missouri, he became a leader for the Delaware Sports Club after moving to Delaware in 1967. He was director of the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, organized new road races that helped
ignite the local running boom of the 1970’s, and served as an officer of the Club for 38 years, the last 32 as president. He officiated at nearly 1,000 track and field meets at youth, high school,
college, and masters levels, from 1973 until the end of his life. He was the Delaware representative to the Road Runners Club of America for 26 years and served as national secretary-treasurer from
2000 to 2004. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Track and Field Association in 2009 and the Road Runners Club of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Under his
leadership, the Delaware Sports Club was widely recognized for officiating excellence and twice received the Presidential Awards from the Mid-Atlantic Officials Congress. Fort competed at a high
level in master’s competition in track, road racing, and marathons through 2005. He represented the U.S. at the World Veterans track meets in Canada (1975) and Sweden (1977). He was a charter
inductee into the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1994. After retiring as president of the Delaware Sports Club, he joined the Del¬a-ware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame and served as its
president for three years. He died in August, 2017.



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