M40 distance ace Clint Santoro tells dramatic story of WMG steeple

Clint in 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Rob Jerome

The Hartford Courant has a crackerjack story on M40 distancer Clint Santoro, who won the 5K (in 17:40.91) and steeple at the Auckland World Masters Games. He also competed at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, in September. “The steeplechase was special,” the Arizona resident said. “That was the hardest fought victory I ever had. … It’s the one event you can run and feel like after seven laps, you ran a marathon.” Going into the fourth lap, he was 10 seconds back, in fourth place. “The first three laps, there was traffic — it felt like there were 20 guys in the race, arms are flying all around, and the other guys pulled away. I finally broke free of the crowd.” The story says he made up time. He passed the second and third place runners over a hurdle and was within striking distance of the leader by the last lap. “He stepped on the hurdle and dropped off the back. He stepped on it, and I flew over it and I never looked back. I ran like there was a hive of white-faced hornets chasing me.” Clint won in 11:09.09. Loved the story.

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June 1, 2017

4 Responses

  1. rich Burns - June 3, 2017

    Nice running Clint!

  2. Rob Jerome - June 3, 2017

    A pleasure to photograph client in Vancouver and Auckland.

  3. Rob Jerome - June 3, 2017

    Clint, I mean.

  4. Doug thompson - June 10, 2017

    Congratulations my friend!

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