“Matt Runs To Catch a Dream.” This was the headline in The World, our local newspaper. The black and white photograph featured my mother with bobbed hair, looking down at a stopwatch as I ran past her on the dirt track behind Sunset Junior High in Coos Bay, Oregon. I was eight-years-old.
Like many children, my dream was to one day run in the Olympics. The legacy of our hometown hero, Steve Prefontaine, made this seem attainable. He had finished fourth in the 1972 Olympic 5000m. While other boys pursued the glory of baseball and football, I spent my time running […]