Miler McNamara Inspires Pittsburgh Youth

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 25, 2013
  • Updated Jul. 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM UTC

He’s been named an honorary coach.

Sports heroes don’t necessarily have to don football pads or a basketball uniform; they can be people like sub-4:00 miler Jordan McNamara.

According to Running USA, the 26-year-old runner up in last year’s GNC Live Well Liberty Mile in Pittsburgh at 3:59.1 will be the  honorary coach at the Summer Dreamers Academy, a Pittsburgh Public Schools program that includes a youth summer running component.

McNamara is currently competing in Europe, but will be sending instructional and motivational videos to the students who will complete a 5-week training program.

“I’m excited to work with the kids this summer and inspire them to get involved with the sport I love,” McNamara said. “It’s important for me to give back to the running community and I had such a great time meeting the kids in Pittsburgh last year that I’m excited to come back. The GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is an awesome event to introduce new runners to the sport.”

For more on the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, visit Bring Back The Mile.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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