Loyalty. Something that is to be held dearly.
Brooks Running has stuck with me and Linda through thick and thin. We’ve entered our 10th year as member of their Pro Program. From 2003 through 2012 they were the Presenting Sponsor of Team Nebraska Brooks. I was able to designate 12 athletes for full support including flats, trainers, spikes, kits, jackets, podium gear etc. We took their brand and ran with it. I’ll always be proud that during those years TNB became one of the top USATF Elite Development Clubs in the entire United States. http://www.teamnebraska.com/club-records.html
A lot of changes in the last 6 years but I will always be proud of the athletes that represented my vision, laying the groundwork in Nebraska for those currently pursuing their own brand of excellence.
Run Guru Elite will be loading up the Invest In Yourself 5K. Linda and I will be on that start line too, our first Real Race since September 2014. Sponsored by Brooks Running, Borsheim’s, and the Omaha World Herald. Our friends at Peak Performance administering the race.
Brooks Running, one of the main building blocks of elite level running in Nebraska. And the United States. As my old saw goes, I run in Brooks or I run in nothing at all.
Run Happy and Giddyup!
Ah, La Leche De Madre, the sweetest of milk! Growth dictates that you eventually abandon the teat and start foraging on your own. Many whines and howls ensue. Gnashing of teeth and biting everything within sight. Sleepless nights too.
Our little Desi, reminding that separation is a natural part of life.
I’m going through a little weaning myself. My own milk and honey no longer available. The closure of our USATF Association Athlete Development Program last year was just a little hard for me. Another program that was so very dear to my lips has grown up. The USA Club Track & Field Championships is now being contested every other year. Making its 2012 appearance in Omaha all the more historically important. At least to me. Two national programs I cut my teeth on no longer available to chew. There was a lot of Nebraska in both of those, painted in vivid Red & White.
The USATF Elite Development Club program endures. Team Nebraska. Iowa RunAblaze. Kansas City Smoke. Our Midwest designees still carrying the banner. Their own growth curves doing exactly as intended, spurring competition both regionally and locally. Lincoln Running Company Racing proof enough of that.
I’ll miss the Lincoln Marathon for the first time since 2000. The Nebraska spring marathon standard bearer for the last 40 years. They contributed so much to my programs and I’ll always be grateful.