Inducted in 2000
Bernd Heinrich
Born on April 19, 1940 in Poland
Good Will High School, Hinckley, ME, 1959
University of Maine Orono, Masters of Science, 1964
UCLA, Ph.D. Zoology, 1970

Some years after a strong track and cross-country career at the University of Maine, Bernd Heinrich developed into one of the world's best distance runners at Master's Levels plus open competition - the longer the route the better.

Heinrich's running trail began at the Good WIll school in Hinckley, where he won nine straight cross-country runs (Hinckley didn't have a cross-country team). At the University of Maine, under the tutelage of fellow Maine Sports Hall of Fame inductee Ed Styrna, Heinrich helped keep the Black Bears strong contenders in the early 60s via three straight Yankee COnference titles plus a New England second place in cross-country as Heinrich was 15th in the harrier pack.

He was denied a field house two-mile record when an official miscounted the lap.

After a lapse of several years, Heinrich resumed serious running in 1975. Four years later, as a teacher at the University of California, Berkley, at age 39, he won the Golden Gate Marathon in 2:29:16 by a 1.32 minute margin over the second place finisher.

Back east as a Zoology professor at the University of Vermont, Heinrich won the 1980 Boston Marathon Master's Division in 2:25:6 by a two-minute margin over the runner up.

Finding plenty left in the energy tank after a marathon, Heinrich stepped up to ultra-marathons in 1981 and a slew of U.S. and world records and impressive performances ensued, all posted after age 40.

Heinrich rates two races on Bowdoin College in Brunswick among his three best lifetime stints: covering 156 miles, 1,388 yards in 24 hours for an American record in 1983; and 100 kilometers in 7:00:12, another U.S. standard in 1985. His other personal best, the U.S. mark for 100 miles in 12:27:01 at Ottawa, Canada in 1984.

Heinrich was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 1996. Bernd and his wife, Rache, reside in Hinesburg, VT. They have 4 children - Erica, Swart, Eliot, and Lena.

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