Tal Morrison was the founder and the first president of the Dallas Running Club, originally named "Cross Country Club of Dallas" through 2006. He started running in 1960 inspired by the push President Kennedy was making at the time for physical exercise. “President Kennedy didn't want any fat military,” Morrison recalls. Three years later, in 1963, he did his first 50 miler, a race in Washington, D.C. named after President Kennedy.
When he retired in 1967, he continued running and usually found himself at White Rock Lake. He decided to start a running club, and he wanted to pattern it off the New York Running club, which had a race the first Saturday of every month at 8 a.m. To get members, he would stop other runners he would see at the lake and ask for their contact information.
Dues the first year, dues were a whopping $3 a piece and Morrison managed to gather together about 20 members that first year. One of those members was none other than Don Lucas, a lawyer turned shoe salesman, who ended up naming his first running shoe store after his dog, Luke.
Morrison remembers well November 1969, which was the first running of the Dallas Turkey Trot. "We had about 15 of our members run the race and everyone placed," he says.
In honor of the great contribution Tal Morrison has made to the DRC and the Dallas running community, the DRC's April race is officially called The Tal Morrison Classic and a scholarship program, Scholars On The Run, The Tal Morrison Scholarship fund, has also been organized in his name.
Here is a list of past club presidents and their years served since the founding of the club in 1969.
|Peggy Tibbits & Bob Hancock||1985-1986|
|George Eastes||1990-1991, 1993-1994|
|Stephanie Hascal||2015- (Current)|