Ken Balkey - History of Road Racing in the Pittsburgh Area
Watch the lecture here.
A lengthy lecture, but a good synopsis of the history of road racing in the Pittsburgh area.
Skip ahead to 7 minutes to the start of Ken Balkey’s talk. About an hour.
I’m mentioned several times. You can tell you are getting old, when you are mentioned in history conversations.
S. Mark Courtney
Hi Don -
Thank you again for providing your Pittsburgh runners information last month.
Per our recent discussions and emails, please find enclosed the lecture titled, “Running in Pittsburgh and Its Local, National and Global Impact” that I had the opportunity to present on-line to undergraduate students enrolled in Pitt History course – “Sports & Global Capitalism” late yesterday afternoon. Dan Holland is delivering the Pitt History course this semester, and he kindly provided me the opportunity to develop and deliver this special lecture.
Developing this lecture ended up being a bit more of a task than expected given the breadth of the subject, i.e., covering the history of running in Pittsburgh over the last 100 years, and the content sought for topics of interest was scattered throughout personal files, countless websites, books, and within information sought and kindly provided by others including yourself. Sources used are cited throughout the presentation. All slides had to be developed from scratch. The other challenge was that the lecture had to fit within a 75 minute class period. While the effort was more than expected, it was quite rewarding, particularly in uncovering new information and insights that you may also appreciate seeing in the presentation. This lecture should be viewed as a "place-to-start" for such a wide-ranging topic.
After yesterday’s lecture, Dan suggested that we reach out to others for review and to see if you would want to update or add other topics. I tried to include as many significant achievements as possible in the lecture, and I already know of others that could be added, but I ran out of time before the class started.
If you would like to listen to the lecture itself, Dan has kindly provided a shared recording:
My lecture starts about 7 minutes into the session after his opening remarks to the students about the overall course itself. We encountered a minor delay in the first couple of minutes of my presentation, but it runs smoothly afterwards. The overall length of the recording, which includes Dr. Holland’s opening remarks, is about 78 minutes. You are welcome to view this recording.
Thank you for your consideration in reviewing this lecture, and I also forward it to you in appreciation of our friendship over the past five decades.