In this episode, we bring you a new interview from last September’s Spartan Podfest at the Squaw Valley Resort in Lake Tahoe - featuring 68-year old Olympian Rod Dixon. Rod Dixon is a legend in the running community. He’s an Olympic Bronze medalists and won the 1983 NYC Marathon in one of the most dramatic finishes the race has ever seen. Rod’s additional triumphs include: winning the national 1500m titles of New Zealand, France, U.S.A, and Great Britain; running the fifth fastest 1500m of all time 1974 at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games; a fourth-place finish in the 5000m at the 1976 Montreal Olympics; victories at the Philadelphia Distance Classic in 1980 and 1981 in course record times; victories at the Examiner Bay to Breakers Road Race in San Francisco in 1982 and 1983 in course record time; and a 10th place finish in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics marathon.
What’s interesting and different about this interview is that Rod doesn’t talk much about himself at all. Instead, he shines the light on his current passion - helping kids get up and running through Rod Dixon’s KiDSMARATHON Foundation. We discuss why it’s so important to start kids running early, and the benefits that can come with parents running with their kids.
Learn more about Rod Dixon’s KiDSMARATHON Foundation and how to bring it to a school near you at KidsMarathonFoundation.org.