RIP: Olympian & Writer Extraordinaire Kenny Moore

Moore (69), then a year-and-a-half past his Oregon Duck career, made the cover of the December ’67 T&FN for his win at the AAU Cross Country. (CHICAGO AMERICAN)

THE SPHERES OF TRACK & FIELD, distance running and sportswriting were rocked on May 4 by the sad news that Kenny Moore — who left a hugely respected and beloved mark in all these areas — had passed. You will find a detailed obituary here.

Many received the news through a Facebook post by coach Peter Thompson, a longtime friend of Moore’s.

Here is the text of Thompson’s post, republished with permission. (Below it don’t miss a link to a great article Moore wrote for T&FN on Steve Prefontaine.)

KENNY MOORE – Athlete and Writer R.I.P.
(December 1, 1943 to May 4, 2022)

Kenny’s wife, Connie Johnston Moore, would like to share this message with you and with others, written from their long-time Hawaiian home:

“Kenny found his opening this morning. It was about 7. He was already pretty distant and peaceful and then his breathing stopped. It was a very loving time for me with him. I think he knew he could leave with this morning being our last sunrise. I know you are sad but be grateful for him. It was his time and it was a relatively easy letting go I think for him. I hope you can spread the word for me. Take your time. Just love Kenny, love love love him. We were all privileged to know him and have him in our life. Peace and Love to you and everyone in Eugene.”

From his 2019 Induction into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum:

While Moore’s renown as a track and running writer arose largely around a superb oeuvre of Sports Illustrated articles penned over many years and his books, for the II March 1972 edition of T&FN, he wrote a fabulous feature article on his friend and fellow Oregon-bred distance runner Steve Prefontaine as the Duck superstar raced into the Munich Olympic season. You can read it here. The online version was installment No. 5 in The Pre Chronicles, a 19-part compilation of our Pre reportage 1968–’75.