First things first. Why does it say WSC, you may ask? If you read the bit about our history, you learned that the WSC, Washington Sports Club, was the precedent club to the WRC. Runners belonging to the WSC (which also included athletes in other sports) split to form the WRC in 1974 to gain a more direct focus on distance running. The trophy had its origins with the WSC, and so, the inscription on the trophy shall stand for perpetuity, or until someone changes it.
The trophy is named in the honor of Alfred tomFelde, who was an accomplished olympic-caliber race walker in the 1930’s. He was also a dedicated member of the Washington Sports Club. The trophy was introduced in the early 1960’s. Thus, this baby is more than 50 years old and deserves our utmost respect.
The trophy continues to be considered perpetual by the WRC, but in recent years has not been awarded to the most active distance runners of the club, but rather, to those who have shown outstanding volunteerism, loyalty, and leadership in the WRC. Thus, the trophy’s modern day creed implies:
“Exceptional Service to the WRC”
The table below lists the recipients of the trophy, beginning in 1972.
|1982||Jay Jacob Wind|
|2003||Barb Fallon Wallace|
|2012||Carla W Freyvogel|
Note that some of the years and corresponding names are missing. In some years, the trophy was not awarded. In others, we are simply missing the information.