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  • From drug dealer to long- distance record-setter: Kevin Castille’s redemption

    The New Yorker - 02/09/2016

    This week, the forty-three-year-old high-school track coach, personal trainer, and father will run in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials held in Los Angeles. Over the past decade and a half, Castille has resurrected himself as a man and a runner and made his mark in the masters category at an impressive range of distances. (For distance running, masters runners are over forty years old.) He has held American masters records at the three-thousand-metre, five-thousand-metre, ten-thousand-metre, and ten-mile distances, though only his ten-thousand-metre record remains. These results, he says, are due to both hard work (he runs 120 miles per week, including brutal track workouts texted to him by his coach, Matt Lonergan, an assistant coach at Northeastern University, in Boston) and the unexpected benefit of not running in his twenties: his legs—if not his mind—are less weary than most. “I was Lazarus,” he told me, describing this period. “I’d been risen from the dead.” (This period was not without its own pitfalls: he qualified for the ten-thousand-metre race at the 2004 Olympic trials, but didn’t finish.)

     

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