Check out what Erin Stout, a senior editor at Running Times, said about Smith.
After saying he was the unofficial 'mayor of Flagstaff', she wrote.
Erin Stout wrote:
As Mr. Smith goes to Washington, we are sending a Flagstaff treasure, someone who has already proven he can touch a life, change a city and watch it ripple. A great coach? Yes. Unquestionably the best there is. But also an extraordinary person. In sending a child to college, you couldn't wish for anybody better to guide her success on or off the track.
We say farewell with sincere appreciation and a promise to keep showing up, moving forward, and remembering that in Flagstaff, running is not an individual sport. It took one person with conviction, patience and tremendous devotion to start a movement, and to teach us that lacing up our trainers in the morning should be about something greater than ourselves.
Is the guy really that amazing? I'm not saying he's not but I've never read such praise.