Hall of Fame induction: 2007
Sterling Pomeroy, 74, is a native of Maine but relocated to Delaware in 1954. He is a chemist by profession, having earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Maine. He was employed with Allied Chemical for 33 years and retired in 1990. Sterling and his wife Doris have one son and reside in the north Wilmington suburbs.
Sterling renewed his interest in running in 1978 although he had run cross country in high school. He wanted to get in shape as he had put on some weight and was in his forties. His first race was at the Memorial Run at the Brandywine YMCA on May 8, 1980. However as he describes it is first ?serious race? was the Harrier Harvest Run in October that same year where he ran a 52:04 over the 6.55 mile distance. He ran his first Caesar Rodney Half Marathon in 1981 and ran CR every year through 2000 except for 1996 when he ran the accompanying 5K because of a ruptured disc. In 2000 he placed third in his age group. His best Caesar Rodney was in 1987 when he set his personal record at the 13.1 mile distance with a time of 1:42:57.
He counts among his other personal records a 1:09:01 at the Pike Creek Classis 15K in 1987; 1:14:32 at Broad Street Ten Miler in 1988; 44:28 at the Generic 10K at Lums Pond in 1986; 35:39 at the Harrier Harvest 5 Mile Run in 1987: and 21:27 at the Run For Bruce 5K in 1988. The real highlight of his running career was a first place in the 60-69 age group in 1994 at the Bermuda Half Marathon. He proudly received a Bermuda Onion-shaped trophy. He has 27 half marathons to his credit and has also done the beautiful and scenic Falmouth Road Race twice in Cape Cod, MA.
Sterling joined PCVRC in 1982 and attended one of the first meetings in April, joining the next month. In June that year he set a club record for the ten mile distance in the 45-49 age group in the Chestertown 10 Mile Run. He ran the inaugural Pike Creek Classic in 1983 and has run the race 11 times. He also attended every Awards Banquet since 1983. He was the Runner of the Month in July 1985. He took third place in his age group in the Championship Series in 1988 and 1989.
Sterling considers the camaraderie among the many runners over the years the greatest benefit of joining the Club. He enjoys races but not being overly competitive, the greater enjoyment has been just socializing with other runners over the years. He still runs 5K?s and runs every two or three days. His next race is the Connie Dietrich 5K in Hockessin in March.
Sterling proudly displays the Club colors at the races. His longevity and loyalty to the Club over these many years is a credit to him and tonight we are honored to award Sterling Pomeroy induction into the Pike Creek Valley Running Club Hall of Fame.