Ben True is a total badass (RunnerPub Olympics Preview Series)

It’s getting down to crunch time for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which begin on July 1 in Portland, and it’s high time for RunerPub to write about some of our favorite runners.

Meet Ben True, a total badass in every sense of the word. You might have heard of him already. He’s qualified for the trials in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Just yesterday, he lit up a 1,500 meter race in Boston with a new personal best — at 30 years old, which is badass in itself — of 3:36.05 (converts to a 3:53 mile).

It was good enough for third place behind Kenya’s Collins Cheboi and New Zealand’s Nick Willis. But what really impressed me was that Ben had the fastest final lap — and he’s not even a miler but a longer-distance guy!

There’s a bunch of things I like about Ben, and this promo video from Saucony does a good job of capturing a lot of it:

So, to summarize, here are 5 reasons to root for Ben —

1) He trains by himself up in New Hampshire, giving us East Coasters someone to be proud of (you Oregon folk get all the fun!).

2) He’s a bit larger than your average top runner, which counts for bonus points in the RunnerPub world as I addressed in the Chris Solinsky post.

3) He really wanted to be a cross-country skier. I’ll relay my own cross-country ski story in a future post but suffice it to say Mrs. RunnerPub and I gave it the old college try this past winter (jumping into a 10-K Nordic ski race in Maine with no prep) and could barely walk for three days after.

4) His wife, Sarah — get this — is ALREADY qualified for the Rio Olympics as a triathlete (holy sh*%! Nice Runner’s World profile, by the way).

5) He actually WON — yes, WON! — a Diamond League 5,000 meters last summer in New York City(**) and is on the cusp of dipping below the ridiculous 13:00 in the 5,000 meters. Few people not born in Africa have accomplished that.

We here at RunnerPub raise a pint of our baddest-ass beer to your summer’s success, Ben True.

(**) Here’s the video of last summer’s 5,000-meter victory. Scroll to the 13:00 mark in the video (not the race) if you want to skip ahead to the best part.