Kenny Moore, Marathoner and Track Writer, Dies at 78

May 31, 2022

Kenny Moore, a two-time Olympic marathon runner who used his deep understanding of athletes to become a pre-eminent track writer at Sports Illustrated for nearly 25 years, died on May 4 at his home in Kailua, Hawaii. He was 78.

His brother, Bob, confirmed the death. He did not know the cause but said that Mr. Moore had physically wasted away.

Before his writing career began, Mr. Moore figured in footwear history: He is believed to have been the first test subject of running shoe prototypes designed in 1965 by Bill Bowerman, his coach at the University of Oregon, who had already founded Blue Ribbon Sports, which would become Nike, with Philip Knight.

“I had the privilege of becoming a better runner every time I put a new prototype on,” Mr. Moore told a Nike blog in 2017.

Source: The New York Times
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