Colby Alexander works at our Reston store and he is also a professional runner! Colby has been running his whole life. In college, he competed at the University of Oregon (known for their phenomenal track and field program!) where he graduated from in 2015. Competing at high level did not end for Colby in college. Since graduating, he continues running professionally. In fact, he ran at both the 2016 and 2021 Olympic Trials where he finished an impressive 7th and 8th place respectively in the 1500m. We can’t wait to see what Colby does next!
Q U I C K Q U E S T I O N S
What is your age race category? 30-39
What was your first race? I’ve been racing my whole life. I honestly can’t tell you what my first race was. I really started getting serious though in CYO cross country in 6th grade.
What is your favorite race memory? Hard to choose one. The first time I broke 3:35 in the 1500m was a pretty awesome race. I kicked down some 2016 Olympians and snagged a nice paycheck!
How did you get started running, walking, or racing? My whole family runs. I basically grew up at weekend cross country and track meets. My mom is one of the best Ohio high school XC/track coaches ever.
What is your favorite race and/or distance? My favorite event is probably the 800m. Love that extended sprint. Basically just sprint as long as you can.
What is the thing you love the most about running, walking, or racing? I love racing. I love setting tough goals and the feeling of achieving them.
Who is your biggest supporter or cheerleader? My biggest cheerleader besides my entire family is probably my coach Frank Gagliano. Some may know him as “Gags”.
What is your spirit animal? Why? Cat. I would love to be a cat. Sleep all day.
What is your life motto or words to live by? “Here we go brownies here we go”
List three fun facts about yourself:
I’m very good at Tetris.
I help put on a road mile race in Cleveland called the Guardian mile. Check it out! (https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Cleveland/TheGuardianMile)
My favorite movie is Interstellar.
Favorite place to run, walk, or train? Flagstaff, AZ
List your three must have items when walking or running? Running shoes. Probably gonna want some shorts. A watch.
You last run or walk . . . My last run was a workout on the W&OD bike path. I did 3k, 1k rest, 2k, 1k rest, 1k, 1k rest. Rest 1ks we’re sub 6min pace. I’ll spare you the times on everything else.
Your last race . . . My last race was the Guardian Mile in Cleveland. I ran 3:50 and got 4th……It’s the race I help put on with my mom. We get some of the best elite milers in the country to come out. The community races have been getting bigger every year too. Check it out! Cleveland is probably the best city in the country. 😉
If I wasn’t running or walking I’d be . . . If I wasn’t running or walking I’d be playing video games. Been playing a lot of Halo lately.
My favorite post run, walk, or race meal is . . . I love a bacon egg and cheese on a bagel. Don’t forget the salt pepper and ketchup.
What advice do you have for a new runner or walker? Fitness doesn’t come in a day. Or a week. It’s all about consistency. Build up slowly… Or just go all out from the start as long as you do it on a consistent basis and take some easy days to rest!
What else would you like us to know about you? Tell us a little more… I love sweets. Milkshakes, ice cream, DQ, cookies, chocolate, candy, sour patch kids, Oreos, candy bars, salt and vinegar chips