In the mid-2000s, a long-haired, mustacheo’d D3 runner burst onto the scene and started challenging Jon and the other top milers in the country. That runner was Will Leer, who along with his friend and rival Nick Symmonds, emerged from the D3 collegiate scene to become mainstays at the top of US middle distance running.
We talk about how Will found his way to running, why he ended up in sunny California, and discuss the many ups and downs he encountered in his career. From battling anemia in college, to struggling with his confidence as he moved up in the sport, to handling situations that didn’t go as planned, we cover the many lessons Will learned as he grew and matured in the sport.
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CALL TO ACTION! If you feel so inclined, please consider signing up for the @mileinmyshoes.mn Downtown Run Around 5k (Virtual event this year. Run anywhere!)! This organization is near and dear to my heart. Great people. Fantastic members. Important cause. Link in bio! ・・・ In 2003, he set the Minnetonka High School record in the mile. In 2007, he become the only NCAA Division III runner ever to win both the 1500 and 5000 meter National titles in the same meet. In 2008, he qualified for the 1500 meter event finals at the US Olympic trials. In 2019, he and his wife provided new Under Armour jackets and shoes to every member of Mile in My Shoes. Now it’s 2020, and we are thrilled to announce that next up for this elite runner is …. the 2020 Downtown Run Around 5K! Folks let’s give it up for one of our hometown heroes and special friend to Mile in My Shoes, @williamleer! (And don’t forget to get registered so you can say you raced him – link in bio) #abigwhoop #mimspiration #downtownrunaround #alonetogether
And of course, we cover some of the races that Will and Jon ran against each other, which is always fun!
“There are so many different platforms out there for people who want to be their best runner, but there are very few platforms out there that are trying to help people truly fall in love with the sport of running.”
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