Wednesday, December 06, 2006
By BOB LABBE
For the Madison Spirit email@example.com
Middle-distance expert seeks strong finish in marathon
George DeWitt, winner of the
Huntsville Track Club's 2006 Male Performance Award, said he is looking forward
to competing in Saturday's Rocket City Marathon. This is the 30th anniversary
of the race held in downtown
He broke four
"I always thought I was better in long distances, but my best races now are middle-distance races," he said.
He grew up in
When he started high school, he was a drummer in the band. A friend suggested that he try running again. That decision forever changed his life. DeWitt's history teacher and track coach was Mr. White. White lost an arm and part of his eyesight in a wreck. Despite the accident, White remained dedicated to his student-athletes and led the cross country team to a state championship in DeWitt's senior year.
"Mr. White knew how to encourage you to be the best you could be with his pep talks," DeWitt said. "He is the one person who influenced me to become the runner I am today."
DeWitt earned a bachelor's
degree in engineering from
He stopped running
competitively for nearly two decades. The 1996 Olympics in
While racing in the 2005 Rocket City Marathon, DeWitt won first place in the masters division with a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes. He said he will look for a pack of runners to match his pace in Saturday's marathon. He wants to take his time and then push his pace the second half of the 26-mile race. He said he feels he hasn't conquered the end of the race.
"Hitting the runner's
wall and falling off has been a problem for me," DeWitt said. "I plan
on using some nutritional items such as Powergels
along the way. Plus, I changed my training regime by adding more long runs,
including a 20-mile run through