29 May '14, 2pm

The kindergarten teacher from nowhere who almost made the US world championship team in the mile.

The kindergarten teacher from nowhere who almost made the US world championship team in the mile.

Though his father died when he was 6, in a freak accident while repairing his grandmother's roof, Elliott grew up in what he describes as the "the best home anyone could be born into," in the little town of Green Sea, S.C. His parents were teachers, "but we had anything we ever wanted," he says. "Especially love." He went to church, played Little League and began his running career in kindergarten, at field day: "These guys Rat and Anthony"–he still remembers their names–"beat me in a half-mile run, but the next six years I won." In his first 5K, as a seventh-grader on varsity, he ran 24:13. Later that year he ran 21:10. Two years later, a 5-foot-11, 137-pound junior, he won the single-A state championship in the mile "out of nowhere" with a 4:47.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/matt-elliott-am...

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