I was part of the youth track program in Reston where Alan got his start. Andrew Hunter's father, Marc, was our coach. (By the way Marc is a stand up amazing guy and was a great runner in his day.) But the funny thing about Alan is that he was not a stand out amazing athlete in those early days. He was good but I don't recall anyone thinking he was going to be a sub four miler. By the time he was 14 everything had changed and he was clearly a stud.