Thanks to USATF Certified Athlete Agent Christopher Mengel for the cue.
The pursuit of potential realized has inspired me to keep at this sport for over 40 years. Excellence as Real Runners. My own and yours too. One avenue is to expose the community to the very best examples of our discipline.
For the last 10 years I have brought as much national level talent as I possibly can to Nebraska. To clarify the difference. To highlight the similarities. To hopefully inspire. I’ll continue as long as my zip starts with a 6.
Patrick Rizzo and Zach Hine are entered into and training up for this fall’s Chicago Marathon. Both have already achieved the 2020 USA Olympic Marathon Trials standard of 2:19:00. Both are athletes that have displayed their prowess here in Nebraska. Patrick the 2016-2017 winner of our Nebraska Trail Half Marathon. Zach turning in his 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier, 1:04:48 at the 2014 Freedom Run Half Marathon right here in Valley.
These goofballs are the same as you and me. Only different. photo credit Christopher Mengel