Archive for November 8th, 2012
Leo Manzano came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was just four years old. During some of the first running races he wore hiking boots and long pants. Leo has definitely come a long way. This past summer he became the first American to medal at the Olympic 1500 since Jim Ryun back in 1968 when he took home the silver. Leo has an awesome personality that comes through even over the phone.
Sally Kipyego came to the U.S. from Kenya and ran collegiately at Texas Tech where she won nine NCAA titles in basically only two years of racing. Now running for the Oregon Track Club, she took home a silver medal at 10,000 meters in Korea at the World Championships in 2011 and another silver medal at 10,000 meters at the 2012 Olympics in London. Besides being a great runner, she also has a nursing degree and each month Sally sends money home to Kenya so that her nieces and nephews can get the best education possible.
Lifekraze (www.lifekraze.com) is encouraging people to get into running, high-fiving them for keeping track of their workouts and motivating them to keep pushing with Team Leaders like Mark Covert. Get this: Mark has run three miles every day for 44 years, since July 23, 1968. He was the first person to wear a pair of Nike waffle shoes in competition -he still has the shoes, ran in the 1972 Olympic Marathon Trials and is the track and cross country coach at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA. You can tell from this interview that Mark’s just as passionate about running today as he was 44 years ago.