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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Bob Kennedy Retires From Racing

Two-time Olympian to Focus on Business, New Twins and Wife's Run for Prosecutor

Bob Kennedy, 35, of Indianapolis is retiring from competitive road, cross-country and track racing. The Indianapolis Star has the story today from David Woods.:
"I made a great living, traveled the world and met special people because I ran in circles quickly. And that's lucky."
Kennedy ran for Indiana University in college. There, he met his wife, Melina, who was also a runner at I.U. She is the former Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis now running for the Democratic nomination for Prosecutor of Marion County.

Kennedy is an owner of two Indianapolis area specialty running shops. Simply called The Running Company, the stores are located in Broad Ripple and in Fishers at the I-69 interchange.

It is hard to underestimate Kennedy's contribution to the sport. It is best stated by the description in The Running Company website, "He is one of the best distance runners that the United States has ever seen." Kennedy was holder of the American record for 5,000 meters.

Star story summarized his accomplishments:
American records in 5,000 meters (12:58.21 in 1996) and 3,000 meters (7:30.84 in 1998). Mile best of 3:56.21 (1994). Olympian in 1996 (sixth in 5,000) and 1992 (12th). Team bronze medal at World Cross Country (2001). Four U.S. 5,000 titles (1995, 1996, 1997, 2001). Four NCAA titles (cross country in 1988 and 1992, 1,500 in 1990, indoor mile in 1991).
More: See more on Bob Kennedy's career at USA Track & Field.

More: Interview of Bob Kennedy in October 2004 by Men's Racing.

Good luck
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