The first Tribute Road Race was five-and-a-half miles long, rather than the five miles it is today.
Today, the race benefits student scholarships; at the beginning, the race benefited the Clinton Development Corporation for investment in community projects.
Each of the 108 runners in 1979 donated $2 to take part in the event.
But, just like today, a community person was honored before the runners hit the road.
Past honorees were:
1979: Judge Morris N. Gould
1980: John Gibbons
1981: Dr. Lawrence Burke
1982: Eleanor Philbin and William "Bingo" McMahon
1983: Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mills and Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Jacobson
1984: Albert McNamara and Catherine Philbin
1985: Mary T. Gibbons, Francis X. Boyce and John Murphy
1986: Martin O'Toole
1987: Mitch Gould
1988: Dan Young
1989: Daria Janda
1990: David Hazel
1991: Dr. Francis A. O'Toole and Edward Connor Sr.
1992: Archie Cataldi
1993: Bernie Gaughan
1994: Brendan Bailey
1995: Carol Ann Hamilton and Angelina Joyce
1996: Andrew Vetras
1997: Jack Moran and Rita Graham
1998: John Gorman
1999: John Shaver and Bernard Hastings
2000: Buzz Labbe
2001: Bernice McGrail
2002: Police and Firefighters
2003: Jim Gareffi and Ed Pyko
2004: Ellie Diguette, Bill Grady Sr. and the Clinton Rotary
2005: Debbi Marini and Nypro
2006: Michael Notaro and John McNally