We like badasses with beards on beardedrunner.com and we haven’t had an athlete profile for a while, so leading on from last weeks post on the US Indoor Championships and the run up to the Worlds Champs this coming weekend in Sopot… that’s right it’s time for <drum roll> Will ‘King of the Track’ Leer! See what I did there…
A successful high school and college athlete, Will graduated from Pomona College in 2007 and, despite a stuttering early post-collegiate career via Oregon and Michigan, he has returned to LA and is now hitting his stride (ah running analogy super). A specialist over the mile distance, Will has run sub4 on several occasion and whilst excelling over 2-10 laps of the track, 4 times round seems to be his sweet spot. Will won the Indoor US champs in 2013 at both 3,000 and 1 mile distances netting himself a 2 year contract with Nike in the process. And his results have been pretty consistent since over middle distance on track. Will has carried said form into this season. As seen above! This is Will pistolfingering to victory at The Millrose Games NYRR Wanamaker MIle. Time? 3:52:47. Yowzas. Will’s post race verdict:
Here is the mans IAAF athlete profile and personal bests. What we can deduce from the below? Will is an in form athlete, clearly channeling the power of the beard to it’s full potential:
Outdoor 1,500 – 3:35:27 (2013)
Outdoor Mile – 3:56:39 (2013)
Indoor 1,500 – 3:37:89 (2014)
Indoor Mile – 3:52:47 (2014)
In the above interview post Wanamaker, Will references making the World Indoors as his main goal, be that at 3,000 or 1,500. He decided to just run the 1,500 at the US Indoors (qualifying race) and came 2nd behind Lopez Lomong and making the plane for Poland. Rock on William. All the footage of the race has been pulled from YouTube (BOOOO!) – and hence my last post rendered rubbish – but here is Will’s interview post race.
Will’s chances of taking a medal in Poland are good. He’s 2 seconds behind the current fastest time for the year over 1,500 belonging to Mohamed Moustaoui at 3:35. There are going to be some quick guys in Sopot that’s for sure. But Will’s a badass. And he has a beard. Run hard brother.
ps big thanks to letsrun.com and all their efforts – great interviews, great blog.