Mike Rodgers interview in Madrid with Larry Eder, RunBlogRun

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Rodgers_MikeFL-NBin16.jpgMike Rodgers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mike Rodgers is one of the most talented and experienced sprinters in the U.S. Rodgers is also a senior statesman in the sprinting ranks, hoping to compete through 2020.

In 2019, Mike Rodgers has lead much of the indoor season, with his 60m sprint times and 9 wins out of 12 races (heats and finals), in 2019, Mike is enjoying the season and has carried one of the fastest 60m all season (6.55 on 4 Feb), and will finish the season in Europe, bypassing USATF Indoor Champs. Mike will then take a break and build for the long outdoor season, with the Doha 2019 World Champs at the end of September 2019.

Rodgers_MikeQ1d-USAo18.jpgMike Rodgers, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mike Rodgers was a fine high school athlete, having gone to Berkeley High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Mike sponsors a high school invite at his high school each year, the largest meet in Missouri in the early outdoor season. A ten time NAIA champion, Mike Rodgers is still the 60m NAIA record holder at 6.65m.

Coleman-Rodgers4x1Q-Rio16.jpgChristian Coleman takes baton from Mike Rodgers, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

We at @runblogrun have admired Mike Rodgers for several years, always catching up at the Birmingham Indoor, where, Mike would run the 60m and 200m. On Feb 16, Mike Rodgers will take on the fastest of 2019, including Su Bingtian of China over 60 meters. Mike is enthused, in good health and was kind enough to give me nearly a half hour, on Friday night, February 8, 2019, in Madrid, Spain, at the HQ hotel restaurant. Mike Rodgers is represented by Tony Campbell, of TC Management, one of the most colorful and experienced managers on the circuit.

Mike Rodgers is a man of some complication. A fine 60m and 100m sprinter, Rodgers is also a fine relay runner. A keen observer of the sport, this writer has enjoyed Mr. Rodgers watching and analyzing his fellow sprinters during an indoor broadcast. Nearing the end of his carear, Mike watches everything, from his training, travel, racing and management. No wasted energy. Mike Rodgers will, if time is appropriate, give a young sprinter the value of his experience. At 33, Mike Rodgers has raced through a mercurial time in American and global sprinting.

Two more comments. This should be listened to by all high school sprinters and high school coaches. Mike Rodgers is thoughtful, considered and focused, a great example for young athletes.

Thanks to Mike Rodgers for his time, Tony Campbell for setting it up and my brother, Brian Eder, for producing this inteview.

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