FLRUNNERS.COM, along with NIKE, today announced that Alan Webb has agreed to speak at Olympian Speakers Conference that follows pasta banquet at the flrunners.com Invitational 8 Presented by Nike. The meet will take place on October 5-6 at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville, Florida with the pasta banquet and speakers appearing on Friday night. Webb will be joining fellow-Olympians Jim Ryun and Keith Brantly.
Brantly is a Florida native who was one of the top distance runners of the 80s and 90s and ran the marathon at the 1996 Atlanta Games. He won national championships in the 10K (1995), 20K (1993), 25K (1995), and marathon (1995, 1998).
Jim Ryun should need no introduction! He was the first high school runner to break four minutes in the mile. Ryun set the high school mile record of 3:55.3, which stood for 36 years. After high school, he would go on to set world records in the mile and half mile and three-time Olympian, winning the silver medal in the 1500 in 1968. Since then, Ryun has become a politician and servered for 10 years in the United States House of Representatives for Kansas.
Alan Webb sprung to national household name in 2001 when he broke the national high school record in the mile with a 3:53.43--breaking the 36 year old record of, you guessed it, Jim Ryun! Webb was also the first (and remains the only) high schooler to break 4 minutes in the indoor mile. Webb competed in the 2004 Athens Games. He won national titles in the 1500 in 2005 and 2007. In 2005, he broke the American record in the 2 mile. This summer, he has run some very impressive times including a lifetime best 3:30.54 in the 1500 in Paris and on July 21 at a small meet in Belgium he broke the American record in the mile. His time of 3:46.91 in that event broke the previous record which stood for 25 years.
We are very excited to be able to bring these athlets to you. They will speak in the gym of Brevard Community College in Titusville (where the flrunners.com Invitational is being held) at 8:15PM following the Friday races and pasta banquet. The three will each give a brief speech and then we will open up the floor for questions of our panel of experts. Coaches, parents, and of course athletes will have the chance to ask them questions about their careers, training, nutrition, strategy, or whatever they like!
Seating in the gym is limited though, so it is going to be on a first come, first serve basis. We do expect to sell out quickly. Tickets will are $15/each which includes the pasta dinner beforehand... so it's really a pretty good deal! Advanced orders are encouraged if you want to ensure your place. We will place tickets in team packets.
To reserve your spot, call Jason Byrne at (321) 947-9879.
For more information about the meet: www.flrunners.com/invitational