Long-time Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) member and Needham resident Susan McNatt, age 46, was inducted into the Cambridge Sports Union Hall of Fame on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
A member of CSU since 1990, Susan McNatt has been a tremendous asset to the running community, in addition to an active and dedicated contributor to CSU. She has a long track record of competitive running over the past 30+ years, including being on the national all-American team at the Kinney (now Foot Locker) high school championships in the early 1980s, and competing as a Division 1 scholarship athlete at Northwestern University. She finished in the top 20 at the highly competitive Tufts 10K in the late 1980s. More recently she won the USATF New England Cross-Country Series masters’ division in 2012.
But impressive as Susan’s running resume is, CSU also honors the personal qualities that make her one of the most highly regarded runners in New England. A physical therapist by vocation, Sue is always generous with her time and knowledge, and brings a warm energy and positive outlook to every running experience. She has volunteered at countless events and advised and encouraged dozens of runners, both veterans and newcomers to the sport.
A mother of three, Susan is also an avid cross-country skier and an active member of the Needham community. For several years she has captained a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Needham, Dedham and Wellesley, raising thousands of dollars to benefit cancer research, support, and programs.
Susan joins prior-year inductees Larry and Sara Mae Berman (co-founders of CSU) and 1984 Olympic marathoner Eleonora Mendonca in the CSU Hall of Fame, as well as Duke Hutchinson, Pat Robinson, Henry Finch, Lisa Doucett, Sumner Brown, Diane McLaughlin, Catherine Farrell, Jon Waldron, and her husband Terry McNatt, inducted in 2012.