Reckless Runner: Exclusive Interview With Anthony Famiglietti

The free-spirited steeplechase specialist still has Olympic dreams.

There aren’t many runners like American steeplechase specialist Anthony Famiglietti. Equal parts savvy entrepreneur, Mohawk-sporting rebel, and world-class athlete, “Fam” has been competing as a pro for over 11 years. Born and raised in New York, he graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Now 32, Famiglietti has represented the United States twice in the Olympics in the steeplechase event. In the 2008 Beijing Games, he qualified for the final where he placed 13th.

Famiglietti is known for his bold, front-running style as well as his incredible versatility as a middle and long-distance runner. He’s run a 3:55 mile as well as a 27:37 10K and is a six-time U.S. champion on the track and on the roads. When Fam’s not running, he’s either painting or filming. He was the subject of an independent documentary in 2006, Run Like Hell, and in 2009, he released Reckless Running, an inspirational film about his journey to make the 2008 Olympic team. Later this year, Fam is planning to take Reckless Running from film to all-out brand. caught up with Famiglietti recently to discuss this project as well as to get his thoughts on trying to make a third Olympic team.

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