Marathon Master Coach Bob Larsen of Mammoth & UCLA
Meb Keflezighi, minimalist footwear, men versus women
The marathon and other distance running events are in focus this week on Sports Coach Radio. We’re joined by renowned track & field coach Bob Larsen, the long-time coach of the United States’ number one marathoner Meb Keflezighi.
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Bob began achieving national-level success in the 1980s at UCLA, eventually becoming head coach in 1984. Among the gold medal athletes in the program he led are Steve Lewis, Danny Everett, Kevin Young and Ato Bolden.
Bob is a recipient of numerous coaching accolades, including the Bill Bowerman award from the National Distance Running Hall of Fame and the Robert Giegengack Award from USA Track & Field. He’s also one of the founders of the prestigious Mammoth Track Club, based at 7,900 feet (2,400 meters) in Mammoth Lakes, California.
We talk about the challenge of breaking the two-hour barrier in the marathon, working long-term with an athlete like Meb through the entire length of his athletic career, the injury-preventing potential of minimalist footwear, the performance gap between men and women in long distance events and more.