Johnson City Press: Why soccer players make the best distance runners
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We ask him about his history with soccer players who turn to running.
Did you grow up playing soccer and running at the same time? Yes, I started playing soccer in elementary school and then club soccer at the age of I was a late bloomer, and at age 16, I was only 5 feet, 9 inches and about pounds.
In your time as a coach, have you seen a lot of athletes make a smooth transition from soccer player to runner? But many of the better runners I have coached played soccer when they were younger elementary school and middle school. Rather, I would help them build a base as the season went on, because they spent the summer playing club soccer.
It was a great way to get the kids working hard, foster teamwork and camaraderie, and keep the soccer kids whose running was purely a means to an end engaged. They also loved that their coach would play with them.
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What are some of the most notable examples you could point to? I coached one female runner, aged 30, who played collegiate soccer 8 years earlier.
She could keep up with me when doing strides I was in 4: She won the Crazy 8s 8K in Kingsport that year. I sat at a table with a mix of sponsors and athletes and had a great time over dinner learning about Raleigh and discussing vintage Georgetown basketball with Katrina Coogan.
Run Club Mile and 4x Relay: The meet directors keep the event to a short 90 minute schedule that kicks off with mile and relay heats contested between 23 running clubs from around Raleigh and beyond. It sounds simple but having each club send a delegation provided a level of camaraderie and competition that was different than just having an Open races with same athletes.
Why soccer players make the best distance runners
You listened for your club name and watched for your colors. Spectators are brought on to the track for the elite miles and the intimate scale of the homestretch with fans on the rail and in Lane 4 make for a great space for the athletes to take their last strides toward the starting line.
As each athlete is called out they head down the gauntlet high-fiving fans lining the track. It was a detail that puts the fans in contact with their heroes in a way that can't happen at a championship or Diamond League event. The athletes were in a celebratory mood.Andrew Dawson 800m @ Music City Distance carnival
With US nationals passed and many athletes returning from Europe the event had the feel of a victory lap. The hosts did a great job of setting it up and the athletes delivered.
Before the Sir Walter Miler it had been about 40 years since local fans had seen a sub-four or sub-four-thirty mile and it is a credit to Pat, Sandy and the SWM team to bring that back for the running fans of Raleigh.