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Former Olympian with Minn. ties plans marathon as final pro race

Nick Symmonds announced his retirement from professional track and field earlier this year and plans to run the Honolulu Marathon in December as his final race. Courtesy photo / Nick Symmonds

At the start of 2017, Nick Symmonds announced this would be his last year of competitive running. But that doesn’t mean the hard-charging middle distance runner is any less motivated.

Symmonds, a six-time U.S. 800 meter champion and two-time Olympian, is lacing up for one final race as a professional runner before turning his attention to professional mountain climbing and growing Run Gum, a company he started in a quest to find a better product to boost performance.

In December, he’ll run the Honolulu Marathon, and earlier this month we caught up on the phone to talk about his journey and training, living in and visiting Minnesota (his father and grandfather both worked for Mayo Clinic in Rochester), future plans and his outspoken nature in taking on track and field’s governing bodies.

Read more, including the full interview, at the Addicted to Running blog.

Steve Wagner

As Forum Communications' director of content, Steve Wagner serves as the point person for content strategy and projects for the company's 30-plus newspapers. He oversees operations of Forum News Service, a regional wire provider to more than 100 newspapers, and guides newsroom collaboration between The Forum newspaper and WDAY TV.  Wagner also conducts training related to content, reporting and newsroom advancement. Previously, he served as editor at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald and Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer, and worked in writing and editing roles at The Forum, where he won numerous awards for news reporting.

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