- Category : Sports-Track-and-Field
- Type : PE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (35,45)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Planning 2
American distance runner who became one of the most dominant U.S. distance runners of the 1980s. He 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. He won the silver medal at the 1985 IAAF World Cup in Canberra, Australia, getting nipped at the tape by Ethiopia's Wodajo Bulti by six hundredths of a second.
On 26 July 2012, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Porter was killed in an airplane crash along with his 15-year-old son Connor and his son's friend, 14-year-old Connor Mantsch.
Porter, an avid pilot, hit a boundary fence at the south end of the Sedona Airport runway just outside Sedona, Arizona, then went down a steep mesa and burst into flames upon impact at the bottom of the hill. He was 53 years old.