Track & Field
Dick Unrue has incredible officiating longevity that may be unsurpassed in Pierce County as he has been an official for swimming, track, and cross country events for over 50 years. He began with swimming in November 1961, started officiating with the Tacoma Swim Club and became President in 1963, the same year he started doing high school swim meets. Several years later, around 1971, he was asked to fill a need for track officials and it didn't take too long before he was in demand throughout the Pacific Northwest to be a starter at track meets in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Over the years Dick has worked meets at the UW, PLU, UPS, Tacoma Community College and St. Martin's. And, Dick is still at it, recently working a college track and field. He also officiated at state track meets staged at Lincoln Bowl for 21 years and he is actively involved in Special Olympics, Junior Olympics and Master's meets. Born Feb. 16, 1930 in Rochester, PA and brought to Tacoma via the Air Force in 1950, Dick has taught classes for beginning officials to become certified for over 20 years. He was the Pacific Northwest Track Official of the Year in 2001 and earned the President's Service Award from the Washington State Cross County Coaches Association in 2010.