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Patrick ("Pat") Ralph Porter (May 31, 1959 – July 26, 2012) was an American distance runner. With an unremarkable personal best of 4:29 in the mile while running for Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colorado, Porter was not heavily recruited to run in college. He enrolled at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, and flourished under the training of coach Joe Vigil.
Porter was born in Wadena, Minnesota. After graduating from Adams State in 1982 with a degree in marketing, Porter became one of the most dominant U.S. distance runners of the 1980s. Porter was a two time U.S. Olympian, running the 10000 meters at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. In 1983 he set the World Record for a road 10K at 27:31.8. In 1985 he won the silver medal at the World Cup of Athletics in Canberra, Australia, getting nipped at the tape by Ethiopia's Wodajo Bulti by six hundredths of a second.
Porter was best known for his cross country running accomplishments. He won a record eight consecutive USA Cross Country Championships from 1982 to 1989. Porter also represented the United States at the World Cross Country Championships each of these years. His best finish at the World Championships was 4th in 1984, followed by 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th place finishes throughout his career.
In 1998 Porter played Finnish distance runner Lasse Virén in Without Limits, a biographical film about American distance legend Steve Prefontaine. He was married to fellow U.S. Olympic Team member high jumper Trish Porter (née King).
On July 26, 2012, Porter was killed in an airplane crash near Sedona, Arizona, along with two other people.
 AchievementsYear Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the United States
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 15th 10,000 m 28:34.59
 References^ Moore, Kenny. "Running on a Rocky Mountain High" Sports Illustrated. March 17, 1986. accessed on 8/9/08
^ USA Track and Field Statistics, USATF.org accessed on 8/9/08
^ Without Limits at the Internet Movie Database accessed on 8/9/08