September 25, 2018
We love announcing the winners of our RunningWarehouse.com Prediction Contests.
The winners highlight the interesting people who make up the LetsRun.com community. In the past, we’ve had pro runners, legends of the sport, rocket scientists, 13-year-olds, and even ourselves win the contests.
Below are the winners of our 2018 Diamond League Finals contest.
Guy who got stomped in one of his first races by Cam Levins wins
28-year-old Spencer Jackson is the overall winner of our contest. Spencer lives in Alberta, Canada, and his start in the sport wasn’t exactly smooth sailing as he had to face future NCAA champion Cam Levins in an all-comers meet. Spencer got “stomped” by Cam, but must have done all right as he said soon he was “forced into joining a local club after that race.” The rest is history as he “fell in love with the sport, especially since becoming addicted to LetsRun in college.” Proof not all addictions are bad for you.
Now Spencer is involved in the sport as a coach and is taking massage therapy classes in Alberta, where he may open up a run/rehab store/clinic when he’s done.
All of the top 3 receive a pair of the new Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro shoes and a $100 Running Warehouse gift certificate.
Repeat winner who beat Obea Moore finishes 2nd
Tanner Bushnell finished second in our contest. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Tanner dominated our World Indoor contest earlier this year. How can Tanner dominate so many of our contests? Easy, he’s “spend[ing] way too much time procrastinating on Letsrun.com” as he’s an unconventional 38-year-old PhD student finishing up his dissertation at Oregon State.
Tanner’s claim to fame is he once beat Obea Moore in a race. Granted, it was well after the world youth 400m record holder (45.14 at 16 years old) had begun his decline. But Tanner comes from a running family as one of his brothers once beat Meb in a mile, and another brother once had the world lead in the steeplechase (for about 10 minutes until the second section at Stanford finished).
Anthony Gonsalves gets the final prize spot
Anthony Gonsalves finished in third thanks to our tiebreaker. He’s 28 and from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and now lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters. After getting cut by his high school basketball team, he turned to track. Luckily his high school coach (Steve Bishop) ran at Iona, so he was in good hands. Anthony ran collegiately at Central Connecticut State (coach Eric Blake) and then at Providence (coach Ray Treacy). He was All-New England in the steeple and now runs for the soundRunner Racing Club.
Anthony’s 6’6″ friend Rob wore the Central Connecticut mascot costume to the NCAA regional meet in 2010 and got the attention of LRC’s Rojo.
And a JK-coached athlete and Under Armour exec finished 4th
Gabriel Rodriguez just missed out on finishing in the top 3 in our contest on the tiebreaker. Maybe it’s a good thing he didn’t win a pair of Reebok shoes as Gabriel is now the Director of Men’s and Women’s Run Apparel at Under Armour. His connections to LetsRun.com go way back as after being a school record holder at Florida International he participated in the USOC’s “Live High, Train Low” study based out of Dallas, where he started being coached by LetsRun.com coaching guru John Kellogg. Soon Gabriel was a coach himself, coaching at UT Pan American. Gabriel continued as a runner and represented the US at the 2011 IAU Trail World Championships and the 2013 WMRA World Long Mountain Championships. Gabe comes from a running family as his sister ran with him at FIU and his brother was an NCAA cross runner for Florida State.