Bethesda, MD

Current Professional:

Phil Stewart is the editor and publisher of Road Race Management newsletter and the Road Race Management Directory of the Running Industry. In addition, through his company, Road Race Management, Inc., Stewart organizes the annual Road Race Management Race Directors' Seminar and Trade Exhibit, an annual sport-wide industry gathering.

He is the event director of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, the premier springtime running event in Washington, DC. The event is part of the Professional Road Running Organization World Championship Circuit and is continually rated as one of the outstanding races in America.

He is a frequent emcee at awards ceremonies and press conferences in part because of his vast knowledge of the people and happenings in the sport. He currently provides commentary for the Gasparilla Distance Classic (Tampa, FL), the Quad-City Times Bix 7 Mile (Davenport, IA), the Utica Boilermaker 15K (Utica, NY), and the ACLI Capital Challenge (Washington, DC).

Past Professional: 

Stewart was one of the founders of Running Times magazine (1977), one of the two nationally circulated running magazines.

Stewart received notoriety in 1979 when he took the dramatic photos of President Jimmy Carter's collapse during a 10k road race at Camp David. The photos were published in Sports Illustrated, Time, People magazine and other publications. Stewart received an Honorable Mention in the "News Picture Story" category by the National Press Photographers Association. The photos were nominated for a Pulitzer prize the same year.

Honors and Awards:

  • USATF President's Award

  • 2006 RRCA Browning Ross "Spirit of the RRCA" Award

  • RRCA Journalistic Excellence Award 

  • Member of the DC Road Runner's Club Hall of Fame 

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the National Distance Running Hall of Fame.

Professional Memberships:

Stewart has served as President of the DC Road Runners Club; Vice President of Administration of the Road Runners Club of America; Treasurer of the USATF (formerly TAC) Men's Long Distance Running Committee; and has served on the USATF Board of Directors.

Running Credentials:

Stewart began running in his junior year of high school at Washington, DC's Woodrow Wilson High School and has never stopped. He placed second in the Washington, DC
city meet in the mile (1968), and his personal best mile time of 4:31.4 stood as the school record for 20 years. He was captain of the cross country team at Carleton College in Northfield, MN and recipient of the school's award for excellence in cross country.

After college, Stewart began competing in races in the Washington, DC area, where he emerged as one of the top area runners. In 1974 he placed third in the National AAU 50 mile in New York. The following year he was the first Washington area finisher in the Boston Marathon in an excellent time of 2:19:58. He qualified and participated in the 1976 Olympic Trials in the marathon. In 1977 he placed 15th at the Boston Marathon.

Stewart still competes regularly and was the first finisher from the state of Maryland at the 1993 New York City Marathon with a time of 2:56:57 and completed the 100th Boston Marathon in 2:57:46.


  • Born: February 10, 1950
  • College: Carleton College, BA (History, 1972)
  • Has two children, Mark and Anna. Lives in Bethesda, MD