Olympians at Columbus 10K

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Olympians at Columbus 10K

on 22 May 2017.

Meet Olympian Bridget Franek, and Gold Medalists Bob Schul and Butch Reynolds at the June 4th Columbus 10K.  They will be on hand to sign the RUNOHIO's 40th annual Columbus 10K poster. For more information of this year's Hoka One One Columbus 10K presented by RUNOHIO - http://runohio.com/index.php/features/1262-40th-annual-columbus-10k

Stop by one of the four Columbus Running Company stores to register and pick up your race packets and poster - Thursday, June 1 from 10am-8pm, Friday, June 2 from 10am-8pm and Saturday, June 3 from 10am-6pm or race day at 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215 starting at 6:30am

Below read more about Bob Schul, Butch Reynolds and Bridget Franek

Bob Schul

1964 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 5,000 meters and World Record holder.  Bob graduated from West Milton High school and Miami University.  You can also pick up Bob's book "In the Long Run - $15 or his training manual for $10.

Records Held

World Record: 2 mile - 8:26

American Record: 3 mile - 13:10

American Record: 5,000 meters - 13:38.00


1964 Olympics: 5,000 meters (1st)

1964 USA Outdoors: 5,000 meters (1st)

1965 USA Outdoors: 3 mile (1st)

1963 Pan-Am Games: 5,000 meters (3rd)

Bob Schul, was born and raised on a farm in West Milton..  A 4:34 high school miler, he joined the track team at Miami University, as a walk-on. Schul posted an extremely impressive outdoor season in 1964, not losing a single race[citation needed] and beating among others Bruce Kidd, Gerry Lindgren, Billy Mills, Bill Baillie, and Bill Dellinger.

The Olympic final was held in heavy rain. In the last lap, Jazy appeared poised to take the gold, as he had opened up a ten-meter lead on the back stretch; however, Schul ran an impressive 37.8 for the last 300 meters on a muddy track (54.8 seconds for 400 meters) . He caught Michael  Jazy 50 meters before the finish line, and pulled away for a clear victory to take the gold medal.

Watch the final three laps of the 1964 Olympic 5,000 meters  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1zYmckCaO8

Butch Reynolds

Butch Reynolds Gold medalist and World Record holder. Butch graduated from Archbishop Hoban High School and the Ohio State University ...

Olympic Games

Gold medal – 1988 Seoul 4x400 meter relay

Silver medal – 1988 Seoul 400 meter

World Championships

Gold medal – 1987 Rome 4x400 m relay

Gold medal – 1993 Stuttgart 4x400 m relay

Gold medal – 1995 Gothenburg 4x400 m relay

Silver medal –  1993 Stuttgart 400 meter

Silver medal –  1995 Gothenburg 400 m

Bronze medal –  1987 Rome 400 m

World Indoor Championships

Gold medal – first place 1993 Toronto 400 m

Harry “Butch” Reynolds began as a 48.1 single-lapper in high school. In 1987, he exploded to global prominence when he stunned the world with a low-altitude world record of 44.10 in the 400 meters at the Jesse Owens Classic. Later that year, he confirmed his dominance in the event by winning the NCAA title in Baton Rouge and bringing home the title for Ohio State with a clocking of 44.12. Reynolds made his biggest mark in 1988 in Zurich where he ran 43.29, shattering the 43.86 world record previously set by Hall of Famer Lee Evans during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. In addition to fast times, Reynolds owns an impressive array of championship medals, including the 1993 World Indoor title; 1988 Olympic 400m silver and 4x400m gold; three World Outdoor 4x400m gold medals (1987, ‘93, ‘95); two World Outdoor 400m silvers (‘93, ‘95) and the 1987 World Outdoor 400m bronze medal.

Bridget Franek

Bridget Franek, Hiram, 2012 Olympian graduated from  Mantua Crestview High School and Penn State University.  Franek was an all-around athlete in high school in softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and track before she tried cross country during her junior year.

Franek won 4 State tile in the 2016 OHSAA Track & Field Championships

4 x 800 meters - 9:16.61

1600 meters - 4:56.17

800 meters -  2:11.22

3200 meters - 10:43.86

Personal Best

800 meters: 2:11.95

1500 meters: 4:21.16

5000 meters: 15:58.31

3000 meter steeplechase: 9:29.53

Bridget still hold the OHSAA Division II State Championships record in the 3200 meters - 10:16.50

USA Championships

 Two-time USA Outdoor runner-up  - 2011 (9:44.90); 2012 (9:35.62)

 2009 USA Outdoor bronze medalist (9:36.74)

 2006 USA Junior 3,000m runner-up (9:51.04)

International Championships

 2008 NACAC U23 runner-up 11:12.65

2012 Olympics 14th in the 3,000 meter steeple chase

Franek was the first place woman at the 2015 Warrior Dash World Championship obstacle race in October 2015.

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