Thursday, October 25, 2012

Runner Profile - Steve Hallinan

Meet Steve Hallinan

Born: Philadelphia, PA March 16, 1986
High School: Cardinal O'Hara High School,
Springfield, PA
College: American University

1500m - 3:44
Mile - 4:02
3000m - 8:09
5000m - 14:01
10 Miles - 49:12
Half Marathon - 64:35

Favorite Local Trails: Rock Creek/C&O Canal

Steve's Story:
I started running at a young age.  My grade school offered Cross Country for 4th graders, so at age 9 I followed my older sisters foot steps and began running.  I also played basketball and baseball, but my tall skinny figure steered me away from the contact sports and to running exclusively.  I had good success in track and cross country in high school, and that, with a scholarship, brought me to DC and American University.  Under the tutelage of my coach, 2-time Olympian Matt Centrowitz, I qualified for four NCAA Championships in cross country, won numerous conference championships (individual and team), and was a 3-time Academic All-American.

After graduation, I thought my running career was going to be over.  However, when the fall cross country season came around, the itch to compete was still there.  I moved back to DC and started competing for Pacers.  I kept contact with the shorter track races, but also went up in distance and started dabbling in the 10 mile and half marathon distances. This past year I qualified for the Olympic Trials in the Marathon, but in my first attempt at this distance at the Trials had to step off at mile 18 because of a knee issue.

My short term goal is to allow my body to rest up after 12 years of intense racing.  But I could see myself tackling the marathon in the future.

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