21 Apr '17, 12am

Tom Fleming, beloved teacher, coach, and marathon champion dies at 65

Tom Fleming, beloved teacher, coach, and marathon champion dies at 65

The cause was an apparent heart attack, according to Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) in Montclair, New Jersey, where Fleming taught fourth grade and coached track. He died as he was coaching the middle school track team in a meet in neighboring Verona. “He was high energy, very empathetic, and had a remarkable ability to reach a wide range of kids, boys and girls,” said Tom Nammack, headmaster of MKA. “He didn’t run an easy classroom but it was a great classroom. Third graders who heard about him kept their fingers crossed that of our three sections of fourth grade, they’d end up in his.” A prominent and popular figure in the first running boom, Fleming was revered for his dedication, which was exceptional even in that uncompromising generation. The words that hung on his bedroom wall have become legendary: Somewhere in the world there is someone training when you are no...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/obituary/tom-fleming-beloved-...

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