Hooray Run Podcast welcomes runners of all speeds and backgrounds to share their stories. No matter how much you run (or don't run), find inspiration, advice and wisdom in these talks.
Leah O'Connor, Professional Runner and Former Michigan State Standout
Host James Rogers sits down with professional runner and former Michigan State standout Leah O’Connor for an expansive conversation. Now based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 27-year-old discusses her hometown roots, decorated MSU career and pro running roller-coaster ride. Topics also include mental health, faith, writing, farm life, support systems and Harper (her dog).
At MSU, Leah captured multiple Big Ten titles—cross country, indoor track, outdoor track—and won a national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (June 2014) and indoor mile (March 2015). She was a member of the undefeated 2014 MSU women’s cross-country team coached by Walt Drenth that won the national title in dominating fashion.
Leah’s 9:18.85 personal record in the 3K steeplechase set in May 2016 makes her the fifth-fastest American ever in the women’s steeple. Now sponsored by HOKA and coached by Dathan Ritzenhein, Leah is a member of the Gazelle Elite Racing Team.
More D3 interviews!
Loved the Tim Nelson interview. Any other D3 runners you could get ahold of? Some ideas: Tyler Sigl of UW-Platteville, Christy Cazola of UW-Oshkosh, Ian La Mere of UW-Platteville, Brian Finnel of UW-Stevens Point, to name a few! I may have a WIAC bias.