One of the top runners in the region is training to compete in the http://www.usatf.org/events/2011/WorldMastersAthleticsChampionships/"> World Masters Athletics Championships this summer.
Tim Gundy, 49, of Clarkston will represent the United States in the 5,000-meter race during the track and field competition on July 9 in Sacramento, Calif.
Gundy, the track and cross country coach for Asotin High School, is an acclaimed runner who has dominated the local Seaport River Run, winning 10 times in 10 tries. He was a track star at the University of Kansas and a finalist in the 1992 Olympic trials in New Orleans. He brought home a bronze medal from the 1991 Olympic Sports Festival at Los Angeles.
“This is my last hoorah,” Gundy said. “I think it’s been 16 years since the world masters have been in the U.S, so the timing is right. My training is going well, and I am really excited for July 9.”
Gundy is running 60 to 70 miles a week to prepare for the 3.1 mile race, which is 12. 5 laps around the track.
When the gun goes off in Sacramento, he’ll be up against elite runners from all over the world. His goal is to do it in less than 15 minutes. Looking at the other names in the 45-to-49 age group, Gundy said there are at least five or six capable of achieving that kind of time.
“It’s a solid and competitive field, so it will be a matter of running a smart race and hanging on for all I’m worth.”