16th Annual G. Larry James Legacy Ride

Galloway, N.J. – The 16th Annual G. Larry James Legacy Ride is set to start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. 

Ride includes:

  • Several rest stops
  • Great scenery, including a stretch along the Mullica River
  • Nicely paved roads
  • Excellent course signage with a GPS option
  • Lunch
  • Cool t-shirt
  • Limited road support 

The annual fundraiser bicycle ride for student scholarships features three different lengths (12, 30, & metric century 62 mile) on scenic, flat, nicely paved roads through New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. All three rides will start and finish in front of the Campus Center. 

All ride proceeds benefit the G. Larry James Legacy Fund, a fund that honors Stockton's former dean of Athletics, who was a 1968 Olympic gold medalist and legendary supporter of student success. To date, the Legacy Ride has raised almost $300,000 for Stockton students.

Event postponements or time adjustments needed in the case of extreme conditions will be posted to the Dean of Students' website no later than 6 p.m. on the evening prior to the ride.

About G. Larry James

Larry James was the driving force behind the growth of Stockton athletics during his 36 years as coach, athletic director and dean. He is credited with helping to shape the identity and positive reputation of the University. 

G. Larry James
G. Larry James, date unknown. 

James arrived at Stockton in 1972 and coached track & field, the sport in which he was a legend nicknamed “The Mighty Burner.” His career as a world-renowned athlete included a gold medal in the 4x400 relay and a silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the 1968 Olympics as well as induction into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame.

James became the athletic director in 1980 and spearheaded the development of Stockton’s athletic program as the motivation behind such projects as the construction of the $17 million Sports Center, which was completed in 2000, and the steady expansion of the athletic department.

In December 2007, Stockton's track & field/soccer complex was renamed G. Larry James Stadium in his honor. A large touchstone landmark was placed beside the track, which Stockton athletes skim with their hands before entering the field of play. In addition, the G. Larry James Legacy Fund was created in James' honor to benefit deserving students. James succumbed to cancer on Nov. 6, 2008, after a lengthy battle with the disease.