174: Johnny Gregorek and Brian Thomas - Using Their Gifts to Make a Difference
C Tolle Run
Carrie interviews two guys who are on two separate inspiring missions! Johnny Gregorek is a world class runner who is preparing for the 2021 Olympic Games, and he is getting ready to attempt a World Record for Fastest Mile in Blue Jeans to raise awareness for mental illness. Brian Thomas is an ultra runner and cancer survivor who has run across the country three different times! He is currently preparing to run uncrewed across the Rocky Mountains to raise money for COVID-19 patients.
Johnny Gregorek on His Blue Jeans Mile World Record Attempt, Mental Health Awareness + Career Deep Dive
CITIUS MAG Podcast with Chris Chavez
Johnny Gregorek joins the CITIUS MAG Podcast ahead of his world record attempt in the Blue Jean Mile on May 30. He is a professional runner for Asics and a member of the New Jersey-New York Track Club. Johnny is also the second-fastest American indoor miler in history. His 3:49.98 is just behind Bernard Lagat's 3:49.89. His other personal bests include 3:35 for the 1,500. He was a member of the U.S. national team for the 2017 World Championships in London, where he made the final and finished 10th in the world. He was an All-American for Columbia and Oregon. In this episode, we'll take a dive into his career thus far since he's certainly someone in the mix for an Olympic team spot next year but...this Saturday (May 30th) he will be spiking up for a world record attempt. He will be going for the blue jean mile world record of 4:11.80 and who knows if sub-4 is in the cards. Not only is he providing the world with some good ol' entertainment in a time when there are no races, but he's also doing it for a great cause. He has already raised more than 12,000 dollars for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in memory of his brother and for mental health awareness month. We talk about all that and more. CITIUS MAG popularized the Blue Jean Mile in 2017. We said we'd cough up some money for someone to break four minutes in it. CITIUS Mag will be donating $1,000 for a sub-4, $500 for a world record and regardless we're cutting a check for at least $250. If you want more information about Johnny's attempt, Paul Snyder has covered it for CITIUS MAG and you can also donate through Johnny's personal pages. Johnny Gregorek’s Blue Jeans Mile Will Be More Fun Than The Olympics: http://citiusmag.com/johnny-gregorek-blue-jeans-mile-history/ Donate to the National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://donate.nami.org/fundraiser/2749965 Support CITIUS MAG & pick up some merch on CITIUSMAG.com ▶ Follow us: twitter.com/CitiusMag | instagram.com/citiusmag | facebook.com/citiusmag ✩ Connect with Chris via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter.com/ChrisChavez | instagram.com/chris_j_chavez
Johnny is a miler and professional runner for ASICS. He grew up in Seekonk, MA and both his parents were professional runners, Olympians and coaches. Johnny has represented the USA at the World Championships and the PanAm Games and is a PanAm Silver Medalist. He has his sights set on the Olympics next summer and is working hard to make the team. We wanted to get Johnny on the show to talk about his career so far as well as the Blue Jean World Record that he is attempting later this month. We enjoyed catching up with Johnny and we know you will too! Things We Talk About: Johnny's Bring Back The Mile profile Sport's Illustrated Article Watch Johnny's Blue Jean Mile May 30th at 6pm EDT on his IG Live here Donate to Johnny's NAMI fundraiser here---Follow Up + Running on Instagram and Twitter and check out our website here Sign up for the 10 Week Base Training Group Program here --- Save $20 on your first purchase at livemomentus.com with code "UPRUNNING20"
Episode 20 - Johnny Gregorek & USA Championship Recap
Peaked Too Early
The P2E boys talk to professional miler Johnny Gregorek about his career, USAs, camping and much more. The guys also break down the USA championships, the P2E watch party and reveal the winner of the USA track pool.