Jim Runge

Submitted by jd0307 on Thu, 05/13/2021 - 4:27pm
Graduation Year: 

Jim Runge, Eldorado. As a recreation and leisure studies major at North Texas, Jim participated in every intramural sport -- becoming a champion in tennis, fencing singles and badminton doubles; qualifying for the national fencing championships in foil, as well as the national Modern Pentathlon Championships in 1967; and establishing his career in recreation. He was the McKinney Parks and Recreation Director in 1971 and founded the Runge Recreation Ranch in Navo in 1973, sponsoring many sport competitions until 1979. He owned and operated the haunted house, Count Dracula’s Quality Pre-Owned Casket Company, from 1988 to 1994, and operated Texas Promos, Etc. from 1979 until his retirement in 2008. He became involved in National Senior Games in 2020 and was named its Athlete of the Month in 2015 after competing in more events than any other participant. He currently serves as an impersonator of more than 50 personas, including Robin Hood, Scrooge and Darth Vader, for several statewide functions.