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CJ Albertson

A cross country and track star at Arizona State University, CJ’s proudest accomplishment is his seventh-place finish at the 2020 Olympic marathon trials at 2:11:49. He owns the All-Time World Best times in the 50k (2:42:30) and indoor marathon (2:17:59). CJ hopes to start a new holiday: National Run a 50k and Eat a Giant Steak Day.

Lightning round

  • I stay motivated because I like to compete and see how fast I can be. Since I don’t feel I’ve reached my potential yet, it’s exciting to see what I can do in the future

  • My perfect run would just be a long run with a bunch of people. Ideally in a forested area, but still on the road with no car traffic. This forested area would also overlook the ocean at times. I think I just described a marathon in Hawaii.

  • “Running is easy.” This is a mindset that reminds me to stay relaxed and have fun with running. It also keeps me competitive because I know running is hard for all my competitors, but it’s easy for me.

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“Running is both a competitive sport and an individual challenge. I love being able to compete in structured races while also being able to do some ridiculously challenging runs completely by myself.”

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In his own words

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We’re all-in on running.

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