Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Running with Craig Virgin...

Arrived in Mombasa late Monday night after a nearly 24-hour voyage that started in Seattle, then to Amsterdam, where we saw snow, then to Nairobi, and finally to Mombasa.

Surprisingly enough, I am adjusted to the time zone, as I slept a little bit on the Seattle/Amsterdam leg, which landed early Monday morning, then stayed up all day for the last two flights.

While the rest of Team USA went through its paces at a local park across from our hotel, I had the opportunity to run with Craig Virgin, a two time world cross country champion, who is here as coach of the US junior men’s team.

Craig and I reminisced on the contemporaries that he raced against during our run. For those who don’t remember Craig, he won an NCAA cross country title at the University of Illinois, made three Olympic teams in the 10000 meters, and was one of the most dominant road racers of the 1980s. He was one of the founding members of Athletics West, the Nike-sponsored track club in the late 1970s, before bolting to go run for adidas.

After our run, he was on the phone talking to Joshua Kimeto, a former Washington State University standout, and one of his main rivals during his collegiate career.

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