Marla Runyan inspires at Perkins, NU
Boston Herald - 09/13/2014
Marla Runyan is a gold medal winner in life. And, when it comes to adversity, she places it in the rear- view mirror.
These days, the 45-year-old Runyan juggles a variety of roles as a mother, a teacher at Perkins School for the Blind and as the new volunteer assistant coach in cross country and track and field at Northeastern, working alongside her husband, assistant coach Matt Lonergan.
Sports fans may recall Runyan as the legally blind athlete who made two U.S. Olympic teams as an able-bodied runner in the middle distances.
Runyan, a three-time U.S. national champion at 5,000 meters, competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and 2004 Olympics in Athens. She now serves as the first ambassador at Perkins School, where she is involved in everything from teaching to marketing to fundraising. She is hoping to impart her knowledge and story as a legally blind athlete to burgeoning NU standouts Jordan O’Dea and Katie Johnstone.
The Lady Huskies runners certainly have been inspired.