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Name that runner!

April 5, 2012 - Erik Brown
It’s time to play, Name That Runner!

If you don’t immediately have a pretty clear idea of what we’re about to do, be thankful that you’re young, find someone over the age of 35, and ask them to tell you about the old television game show, Name That Tune.

To play Name That Runner, think Name That Tune, and you’ve got the right idea with a few minor differences, namely: 1.) we’re talking runners, not songs, and 2.) since this blog isn’t interactive like a game show, I’m just going to list all of the clues about today’s mystery runner, and invoke the overarching principal that all worthy participants in our beloved sport of distance running steadfastly embrace – honesty. For the same reason that we don’t cut the course in a race, and we don’t exaggerate our training miles, you may not use an Internet search engine, or any other outside source of information (only your own knowledge and memory) to provide the name of the runner in question.

To play, simply read the following clues, and send me an email no later than Wednesday, April 11th, with your answer to the mystery runner’s first and last name to: If you’re so inclined, let me know how many clues it took before you arrived at your answer, but ALL correct guesses, regardless of clue count, will be entered in a drawing for a complimentary (free) entry to your choice of the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA’s Bud Shuster Run For Your Life Race on April 21st, or their Curve Home Run Race on May 19th. The drawing will take place Thursday morning, April 12th. I will notify the winner immediately via email and post the answer in this space.

Contestants, take your mark! Set! Name that runner!

1.) He was a member of the Hansons-Brooks program for a short period of time.

2.) He competed in the 2007 U.S. Men’s Olympic Marathon Trials.

3.) He has raced the Boston Marathon six times, and has the rare distinction of running it faster each time.

4.) In 2011 he finished Boston 23rd overall and 7th among American runners with a personal best time of 2:20:48.

5.) As the head coach for the Boston Athletic Association, he helps more than 100 club runners prepare for the Boston Marathon each year.

6.) He ran for Bucknell University.

7.) He is a 1992 graduate of…… Altoona Area High School!

Name that runner! (If you’re tempted to ask Coach Baranik, review the rules above).

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