“Make every year better than the one before.” – Nick
Based in Seattle, Washington, Nick Symmonds is a
professional track athlete and two time Olympian (Beijing and London). A
graduate of Willamette University, he competes internationally and specializes
in the 800m for the US and the Brooks Beasts under the guidance of distance
coach, Danny Mackey.
Nick also strives to assist struggling athletes obtain
sponsorship. Disappointed in the sponsorship logo and branding restrictions
placed on track athletes, he understands firsthand how difficult it is for
these athletes to receive individual sponsorships that help them pay for the
necessary training and travel to follow their dreams. He’s determined to change
the sport’s governing bodies’ marketing restrictions which only allow minimal
advertising dollars to reach track athletes.
When Nick’s not out challenging and altering track’s fiscal
landscape, his coach, Danny Mackey, is whipping Nick into shape. They train
hard; they train long; they train all over the world. The result:
America’s best chance at an 800-meter Olympic medal since Johnny Gray’s bronze
While most of his races are individual events, Nick views
his success as a team effort. His friends, family and teammates propel him as
much as his shoes.
Favorite shoes are now: Brooks Ravennas and ELMN8 spikes
(Bio borrowed from www.nicksymmonds.com
In 2012 Nick and his friend, Coach Sam Lapray launched Run Gum
, a caffeine performance gum.
In this podcast, you will hear about
Nick's thoughts on a high school athlete going
into collegiate sports
Nick's experience in running at a DIII School
Nick discusses his priorities
The most beneficial workouts for an 800 runner
Life lessons Nick has learned running in college
and the Olympics
How Nick founded Run Gum and the benefits of the
product to athletes
Thank you Nick for an amazing interview!! The Illinois Top Times team...