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Who I Am...

My name is John and I am on here because I am a runner and this has a lot of cool things for runners.

 My running history:

I went to high school at Gladstone HS in Gladstone, Oregon.  I feel very fortunate that I grew up running in the greatest running state in the US.  I am one of those converted soccer players to track and xc guys.  I didn't really start my running career til my freshman year in high school when I was looking for something else to do other than play soccer.  After trying out for baseball and not enjoying it as much as t-ball (in fact the only fun part for me was when we got in trouble and had to run.  I switched and went out for track.  I had a lot of success throughout high school and spent most of my high school career learning about something very new to me.  Unfortunately, there was not as much information floating around as high school kids have today.

 I then went on to run at a small private NAIA that turned into a DIII school my senior year.  The school is located in Oregon and called George Fox University.  NAIA/DIII was a great fit for my ability levels and I enjoyed the experience that it allowed me to have.  I got to travel the country a couple times a season and participate in the National meets a few times.

 After college I continued to run and train on my own while balancing the demands of the real world, more schooling and a job.  I continue to run, train and race to this day.  I compete in road races and open meets that colleges put on.  I have competed in the Hood To Coast Relay as well for the last 8 summers (A 195 mile 12 man relay race in Oregon that travels from Mt. Hood to the Oregon Coast).  Mostly now for me running is about improving and still chasing my PRs before age catches up to me and I can't do it any longer.  Then I will hang up the spikes and turn into a for fitness and health runner.

 I also had the fortune to spend some time as a assistant coach at two different D III colleges and really enjoy following what is going on at that level.  Since there are no scholarships at that level you find many people who truley are motivated to run for the love of the sport.  It is pretty inspiring to see.


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superman23apk posted a comment - Jun 1 2012, 12:22 PM

how do you earn points  and can you give me a little tutorial about this site  im a runner but have no clue about this place


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travis posted a comment - Jun 1 2012, 12:22 PM
That's the way, now we just have to go about putting a few of the hundreds upon hundreds of Steens photos on here.
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*SARA* posted a comment - Jun 1 2012, 12:22 PM
yeah NTN was sooooo cold! i thought my fingers were going to fall off!!!
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~M.E.R.E.D.I.T.H~ posted a comment - Jun 1 2012, 12:22 PM

hahaha! yeah. im just starting to get back into running, cause i hurt myself and i was out for almost 2 months. it sucked!

so i should be running around nike a lot more now. =]

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Wizzo800 - Mark Wieczorek posted a comment - Jun 1 2012, 12:22 PM
hey whats up man...im mark wieczorek and i just saw u went to an naia school and i thought i would say hey
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~M.E.R.E.D.I.T.H~ posted a comment - Jun 1 2012, 12:22 PM

hey! i've been meaning to tell u that there is a job opening @ Jesuit for a health teacher (and i think maybe a P.E teacher).

me and my family think u should come and teach there! =]

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~M.E.R.E.D.I.T.H~ posted a comment - Jun 1 2012, 12:22 PM

hahaha. yeah, but it still would be cool. tinymce_3/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-cool.gif

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empb28 posted a comment - Jun 1 2012, 12:22 PM

What events did you specialize in in Track? I've always wondered whethere soccer players were better at middle or long distances?

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Hannah Valenzuela posted a comment - Jun 1 2012, 12:22 PM
hi!! voting has begun in the BOULDER RUNNING CAMP contest, please vote me HANNAH V> my entry talks about making the Footlocker team.. please help me..
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