Mo Farah, Galen Rupp – Elite Runners, Great Buddies, HydroWorx Enthusiasts
To say Mo Farah and Galen Rupp have had one phenomenal year would be a tad bit of an understatement. The Oregon Project runners from Britain and the United States, respectively, have broken records, won accolades and prepped hard for the forthcoming 2012 Olympics in London.
As a recent Runner’s World column pointed out: “…under coach Alberto Salazar, Mo Farah and Galen Rupp have unleashed record-breaking performances. Farah, a Somali-born Brit, won 13 of 16 races, and captured silver in the 10,000 meters and gold in the 5000 at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in South Korea. Rupp, an American running sensation since high school, won the 10,000 at the USA Outdoor Championships, set a U.S. indoor record for the 5000 (13:11.44), and then destroyed the American record for the 10,000 meters when he ran 26:48 in Brussels.”
We at HydroWorx are proud to say that we’ve had the opportunities to share in the joys of Farah and Rupp’s amazing experiences. As manufacturers of the HydroWorx X80 underwater treadmill on which they both train, we are pleased to say we have had a small part in helping them reach their achievements.
So what’s next for these faster-than-lightning buddies? Rupp recently announced that he would be trying for the Olympics marathon team. It’s an unusual move for the 25-year-old whose longest qualifying distance thus far has been the 10,000 meters (although he did run a fantastic half-marathon early in 2011, ostensibly to test the waters.) Farah will be running 1,500 meters on January 28th in the Aviva International Match, Glasgow.
As Farah said in a recent interview: ““It will be great to get a race so early on in the year… It’s been a while since I’ve kicked off the season so early but this year I’m keen to keep up the competition and just take the momentum from one meet to the next.”
News sources have also announced that Farah is shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which will be revealed on December 22nd. We know we’ll be watching with anticipation to see if he receives this honor.
For more insights into how Farah and Rupp train, check out our exclusive video with coach Salazar: