Jeff Benjamin sent questions to manager, meet director and famous Irish Miler, Ray Flynn. Ray Flynn is still the Irish NR holder at 3:33.5 at 1,500m, and has PBs of 3:49.77 for mile, 7:41.60 at 3000m, and 13:19.52 at 5000m. Ray competed in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics at 5000m. Ray Flynn has made the Millrose Games pretty special over the last decade.
The editor of RunBlogRun adds a story here: “Ray Flynn was one of the first elite athletes I had met. In 1980, at the RW Indoor Meeting, I held sweats for Ray Flynn, John Walker and Ray Wicksell. After the mile, Ray cooled down and let me run with him. It was a thrill for me, then 20, and having just run a 3000m the night before. Ray Flynn has a wicked sense of humor and has always been a class act.”
Updated 1 April 2020
Awaiting The Baton In The Relay Exchange Zone – Profiles Of Athletes, Coaches & Legends During The War Against Corona
Profile # 5 –
Runner, Coach, Agent, Millrose Games Meet Director Ray Flynn
By Jeff Benjamin
“My daily routine like everyone else I’m sure has changed dramatically. No traveling.We are constantly working with our athletes and events in preparation for competitions which have now dried up. Now we are like everyone else sitting and waiting for life to normalize. We know that sport won’t start up again until people can go about their business safely Where I live, a little more time for running
” My advice to all is to take time to reflect, look around and appreciate your family and loved ones.
It is a privilege to be an athlete. God gave you so much to be thankful for.
This shut down will pass and you will have a bright new outlook to help you grow and be your very best!”