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Running uphill and winning

March 30, 2007

This Sunday is the Carlsbad 5000, a 5k road race in Carlsbad, CA.

“Big deal.”

Well, maybe not to you or me, but to Henry Rono, it is a very big deal. Mr. Rono, an APS educational assistant for special needs students, is a former standout college athlete, and he is making a comeback.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, in 1978, Rono, running for Washington State University (and no doubt his native Kenya), broke an unprecedented four world records in less than three months. Unfortunately, his running career’s bright beginning ended in the dark caverns of countless bars and lounges. Upset with his condition and wasted potential, five years ago Rono decided to beat his addiction to alcohol, and last year, weighing 220 lbs., Rono started to run again.

This Sunday in Carlsbad, a 165 lbs. Rono will compete in the 22nd Annual Carlsbad 5000. A milestone moment in his racing career as it marks his first step toward his goal of breaking his fifth world record, the mile in the 55-59 mens division.

Rono’s story is remarkable. A running fan or not, go read the San Diego Union-Tribune’s article—well worth it.

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