Olympic athlete motivates Pine Belt runners

Olympic athlete motivates Pine Belt runners

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An Olympic runner and co-author of a running book visited Hattiesburg Tuesday night for an evening run and motivational talk.

Adam Goucher, who represented the United States in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and his co-author and long-time friend and runner Tim Catalano spoke to the group at William Carey University about their book "Run the Edge."

"It was amazing, because you get to read about them and watch them and cheer for them in these races," Pine Belt Pacer Gina Mooney said after Tuesday's presentation. "To get to meet them and hear their stories and hear they're runners just like us, and they deal with injuries, and they deal with setbacks, but just like us, they pick themselves up and keep moving forward."

The men made their way to Hattiesburg after they put on a contest for an event they created called Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day (G.O. H.A.R.D.). The group that had they most participants got a visit from the running duo, and the Pine Belt Pacers were the winners.

Goucher and Catalano shared their message for runners to apply to their training and life outside of running. More information can be found here.