Mainers can run. We all know that. From Andrew Sockalexis to Joan Benoit Samuelson to Bruce Bickford and countless others, the state’s runners have made its residents proud.
Here at the Bangor Daily News, we’re proud to celebrate that tradition with a new feature we hope you’ll enjoy with the launch of “A Running Start,” a series of running videos featuring a pair of the state’s top runners, Louie Luchini of Ellsworth and Adam Goode of Bangor.
Coincidentally, both are state legislators, and both also coach or help coach the cross-country teams at their high school alma maters.
“A Running Start” videos are designed to be quick-hit, informational segments that will appeal equally to beginning and veteran runners. A key component will be Maine itself: Some say the reason the state’s runners are so successful is because there are so many special places to run here.
Luchini kicks off the series with a look at one of his favorite spots to run, Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park. Other segments include tips on warming up, how to get more active by starting a walk-and-run fitness regimen, the importance of staying hydrated and the challenges of keeping in shape when you spend eight or more hours a day sitting in an office chair. In all, Luchini filmed six videos for the BDN on an enjoyable morning last week.
We’ll film segments featuring Goode in the near future, and look forward to sharing some of his favorite spots to run, along with some no-nonsense advice that will help all runners.
So, why did we ask Luchini and Goode to be our video stars? I’m glad you asked.
Luchini is one of the most celebrated Maine natives in college sports history, having earned All-America honors 11 times in cross-country and track while an undergraduate at Stanford University. He also spent several years as a professional runner for Nike while living in Oregon before taking a hiatus and returning to Maine.
That break from professional running doesn’t mean he has given up the sport, however: Until a recent foot ailment put him on the shelf for several days, Luchini was logging 90-mile weeks and hoping to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the New York City Marathon, a plan he was forced to scrap.
Goode, who ran at the collegiate level at the University of Maine in Orono, has established himself as one of the region’s top road racers since graduation. He’s passionate about the sport and has led the Bangor High School boys cross-country team to a regional title in his first season at the helm of the Rams.
We hope that “A Running Start” serves as a catalyst, that it shows people that becoming more physically fit isn’t impossible and that it provides information that you’ll consider useful. We also hope it can further advance the strong feeling of community that exists among the state’s runners and introduces new people to the sport. To that end, we hope viewers will comment on the videos, offer even more help to others in similar situations, and suggest topics for future videos.
So stand up. Get ready to get active — or to stay active. Check out a video or three. And keep coming back: More cool videos will be included on our website regularly.
Let’s get “A Running Start.” Together.