Evan Jager was is a natural at the steeplechase. He is fast, flexible and fearless. When Jerry Schumacher and Pascal Dobert moved Evan to the steeplechase less than three years ago, they were pleasantly surprised just how fast Jager took to the barrier race.
Few Americans have mastered this event: Horace Ashenfelter, George Young, Henry Marsh, Brian Diemer, Mark Croghan, to name a few.
This year, Evan Jager broke his own AR with his 8:04.71 at the Ivo Van Damme Memorial. He then, ran the best race of his career, in our humble belief, battling Jairus Barich to the final steps at the last event of the year, the Continental Cup.
For his AR, his portfolio of races and his Continental Cup, RunBlogRun names Evan Jager as our RunBlogRun American Athlete for the month of September!
Great season, Evan!
Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts for producing the video for RunBlogRun.
Larry Eder has had a 52-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at runblogrun.com, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself." Also does some updates for BBC Sports at key events, which he truly enjoys. Theme song: Greg Allman, " I'm no Angel."