Saturday, June 11, 2011

Road Rage: Raleigh's Bobby Mack brings home the USATF 8k National Championship

Photo courtesy USATF
It's not too often you can say your "teammate" has won a national championship, but that's exactly what happened today. Raleigh resident and top dog of The Athlete's Foot Racing Team, Bobby Mack, took down many of the top pros, including New Balance's James Carney, Nike's Jason Hartmann and 
Adidas McMillan Elite's Nick Arciniaga, Aaron Braun, Jordan Horn and Scott Smith, to win the USATF 8k National Championship (in Carmel, IN) in a blazing time of 23:05. For his efforts, Mack was rewarded $5000 for first place and hopefully has gotten one step closer to a shoe deal. Here's the USATF press release on Mack's win and here's the video of him breaking the tape. Here's the full race video and here's Mack's post-race interview.

Mack ran 28:11 at the Payton Jordan Invitational 10,000 this spring at Stanford and just ran 4:00.6 in the mile last week. He'll head to Eugene, OR in a few weeks for the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships 10,000 and then, according to his pre-race interview, will run the 10k road championship on July 4 in Atlanta (at the Peachtree).

Congrats Bobby! Go see him at The Athlete's Foot in Cameron Village in Raleigh for some "professional" help.

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1 comment:

  1. He ran an amazing race in tough hot and humid conditions. He should have a shoe deal by now. Congratulations and way to represent North Carolina and TAF!