39-year-old distance runner named USATF Athlete of the Week
USATF honored a masters athlete this week. At 39, Bernard Lagat set an American indoor record in 2K вЂ” and was named Athlete of the Week. While some may object to his being called a masters athlete, face it: He’s older than 35. That makes him a master. Yes, he’s open-elite class as well. But why not celebrate age? “Lagat … had previously run the event just once indoors and twice outdoors before attempting to overtake Steve ScottвЂ™s 4:58.6 mark set in 1981. LagatвЂ™s time of 4:54.7 not only broke ScottвЂ™s record, but it also served as an encore to his two-mile American indoor record set at the Armory in 2013,” USATF said. Bernard, who will run the 3K this weekend at USA nationals, added: вЂњWhen you go after something, sometimes you want to believe you can do it, but you never know until the race ends. It was a really big honor and a special night for me. I knew what I had to do. I ran, and I didnвЂ™t want to disappoint as I went for the record.вЂќ Stay strong, BL. M40 records are yours for the taking starting Dec. 12, 2014.