Paul Banta, OSE Productions, 1955-2012, R.I.P., obit courtesy of Beth Salinger, note by Larry Eder

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Paul Banta, circa 2009, photo from Facebook.com/paulbanta.3

I first met Paul Banta in the early 1990s, as I ventured to his adidas Oregon Track Classic. An important meet in the Northwest, Paul, with the support of his sponsor adidas, tried some innovative approaches to track & field. 

Paul held the shot put one hour before everything else at the meet. A nice turnout, around 1,000 fans, watched the shot put, as it became an important fixture on the circuit. I believe that we had covers from the adidas Oregon Track Classic three years in a row on American Track & Field (John Godina, Adam Nelson).

I spent a lot of time on the phone with Paul while he was working for Running USA. I enjoyed Paul's sense of humor, his laugh and his love of endurance sports. Even after the adidas Oregon Track Classic lost its title sponsor, Paul fought hard to revive the meet he loved. It just not was to be. 

Paul Banta wants to keep his newsletter, Endurance Sports Weekly, going. One of my partners in media, Dan Kesterson, and Paul's son, Tommy, are working on plans to keep the project going. We will provide details on the plans and also, support the plans. Paul would have wanted that.

A very nice obituary, written by Beth Salinger, appears below. Please keep Paul and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Consider those you love in your next walk or run. 


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