Brandon White (30 yrs.) from Boulder, Colorado in the United States has many years of experience with cross country running. He used to run cross country in high school and college, but since then he hasn’t been able to run as much, as he would like. Now Brandon is looking forward to race again – the World Cross Country Championships will be his next goal.
Started running from an early age
Brandon grew up enjoying running as a kid. His father was a track coach, which meant he was surrounded by the sport a lot from early age. In college, he went to Baylor University, where he also ran for their cross country and track teams. Brandon still enjoy running and competing in local races, but since college the time has been short. That’s why he can’t wait to race again.
“I am looking forward to dusting off my cross country spikes and participating in an event that I truly love. Also getting the chance to be a part of such a prestigious race was another motivating factor for me to sign up.”
Family trip to Denmark
Brandon and his wife are making a family trip out or their visit to Denmark. In fact, his wife is also planning on running the 12k race, while Brandon is doing the 10k. Brandon has qualified for the WXC19 Race as a recreational runner, which means he will participate alongside the very best runners in the world.
“My wife and I both really enjoy running and travelling to new places. This race allows us to have the best of both worlds. We get the opportunity to race at such an amazing course, watch the top runners in the world and explore Denmark at the same time.”
WXC 2019 gives an extra motivation
It is always helpful having a race in mind, which motivates you during your weekly training sessions. That’s the case for Brandon. A big race like the WXC is definitely an extra motivational factor in his day to day training.
“Cross country has always been a favorite of mine. I love the experience of racing over natural terrains and surfaces. I think cross country takes a different strategy and approach than other types of running, which makes it fun and exciting.”
Thoughts about the venue at Moesgaard Museum
Living in Boulder Colorado, Brandon have participated in a few 10k races before. At one of these races you end up on the Colorado University’s football stadium, which is a fun place to finish. He really enjoy running with lots of spectators that motivates you along the way. That’s why he is also looking forward to the course in Aarhus.
“It looks like a really incredible course. It has a lot of challenging cross country elements, which will make it an exciting race. The course looks tough, but I tend to compete better the tougher it gets.”
“I think it’s great that the course has features like the roof and challenge zones. I have always been a fan of doing things to make courses more exciting and different for the runners.”
Brandon’s expectations to the race
“I feel very honored to be able to toe the line with some of the best distance runners in the world. I think that this is a cool opportunity to include more of the running community in a big cross country event.”
“I expect to probably get beaten by a lot of really incredible runners, but I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do personally on this course. With such a great field of athletes, I hope to push myself to run a solid race.”
Brandon is not affiliated with a running club, but he likes to stay active and fit. He usually run between 80 and 100 kilometers per week, when he is training for himself. Before the World Championships in March he is planning on running a few short races to get used to racing on grass again.