Tonight, St. Vincent Clay Hospital will host an evening with two-time Olympian and American record holder in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter run, Bob Kennedy.
He has had a distinguished running career that has spanned the past 16 years, starting in 1987 when he captured the National High School Cross Country Championship; he followed that by winning the 1988 National High School One Mile Championship. He also ran for Indiana University while in college and gained national recognition by winning the NCAA 1,500-meter run in 1990, the NCAA One Mile Run in 1991 and the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 1992.
Kennedy has collected 20 individual Big Ten Championships. He also represented the USA in the 1992 Olympics, placing 12th in the 5,000 meters and in 1996 in the 5,000-meter placing sixth. He is the American record holder in the 3,000-meter with a time of 7:30.89 and the 5,000-meter with a time of 12:58.21.
He will speak in the Northview High School auditorium tonight at 6:30 p.m. He will start the evening talking about his own career as a runner and then allow ample time for questions from the audience. Many area high school and middle school students have been invited to attend.
The program is free and open to the public.
This presentation will provide runners with information on training, conditioning, injury prevention and equipment.