U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier Linda Huyck
I've served as Linda' coach for 23 years. I've been blessed to help several runners qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Helping people reach their running goals is my passion and mission in life. In fact, my personal mission is to help all runners reach their God-given potential—from first-time runners to world-class athletes.
People I Honor
I write about the people and teams I coach, best practice training, and positive stories about the running community in my blog.
My favorite type of writing is highlighting others who make a positive and meaningful difference in their running and other communities. Periodically, I honor someone in the running community who goes well beyond the extra mile to support our Cross-Country and Track and Field sports.
The type of person I honor includes athletes, educators, and coaches who make a meaningful difference on and off the field, exceptional community volunteers, outstanding media professionals who cover our sports, and individuals who truly help cross-country and track and field grow in our country through innovative and out-of-the-box ideas.
Unsung Heroes Of Our Sport
The people I honor are gold medal winners in my book within their field of expertise. They are the unsung heroes of our sport, meaning that they are not properly recognized for their contribution to our sport for whatever reason.
Sometimes the person I honor is just not on anyone's radar.
In December 2021, I wrote a brief story honoring long-time running author Gary Cohen.
I honored Keenan Gray of "The Runner" early in 2021. Keenan is my selection for Running Media Person Of The Year in 2020-2021. You can read my story about Keenan on my blog page.
I also recognized Mr. Tad Sowers as the first-ever Servant Leader Teacher And Coach Of The Year Award Winner in June 2021.
In September of 2021, I honored Tony Volpentest on his 25th Anniversary of winning two Gold Medals and setting a world record. I also honored Ross Perot and Coach Bryan Hoddle in the same article.
The current high school team I coach, Pope John Paul II, is located in Lacey, Washington. In high school coaching, I've been fortunate to coach nine Washington State High School Championship Cross-Country Teams and several individual state champions in cross-country and track.
I've also been blessed to help Master's runners win or place high in national Master's championships. I've also coached a national record holder. In the picture is Karen Steen, who I coached to the Olympic Marathon Trials and later to National Master's Championships in the 400 meter hurdles and the Steeplechase.