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An Inspiration for Many Runners

Dear Source:
Many thanks for the article on Wallace Williams. This many faceted gentleman is a model for us all. He certainly inspired me and other novice runners in the San Juan Masters Games in 1981 and the New York Marathon in 1984 and in many other foot races in the Caribbean before and since.
Besides his active leadership of St Croix competitions, he was a regular at St Thomas Association of Roadrunner (STAR) activities and hosted many of us from St Thomas at events in St Croix. He frequently led a St Croix team to St John to participate in some of their arduous runs. And organized Virgin Island participation in events outside the territory. He also encouraged and supported the participation of many youngsters who might not ordinarily have engaged in this healthy sport. In so doing, he brought many sides of the community together.
Among the luminaries of recreational running in the Virgin Islands, Therese Hodge, Frank and Toni Jackson, Craig Marek, LaVerne Ragster, Sid Rogers, and Roy Watlington; Wallace Williams stands out as one of the most enthusiastic and regular of the founding fathers of organized road running. He certainly opened me up to the sound pleasures of these activities. So thanks to you for the article and many more to Wallace Williams.
Ward Wascoe
St. Thomas

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Dear Source:
Many thanks for the article on Wallace Williams. This many faceted gentleman is a model for us all. He certainly inspired me and other novice runners in the San Juan Masters Games in 1981 and the New York Marathon in 1984 and in many other foot races in the Caribbean before and since.
Besides his active leadership of St Croix competitions, he was a regular at St Thomas Association of Roadrunner (STAR) activities and hosted many of us from St Thomas at events in St Croix. He frequently led a St Croix team to St John to participate in some of their arduous runs. And organized Virgin Island participation in events outside the territory. He also encouraged and supported the participation of many youngsters who might not ordinarily have engaged in this healthy sport. In so doing, he brought many sides of the community together.
Among the luminaries of recreational running in the Virgin Islands, Therese Hodge, Frank and Toni Jackson, Craig Marek, LaVerne Ragster, Sid Rogers, and Roy Watlington; Wallace Williams stands out as one of the most enthusiastic and regular of the founding fathers of organized road running. He certainly opened me up to the sound pleasures of these activities. So thanks to you for the article and many more to Wallace Williams.
Ward Wascoe
St. Thomas

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.