Coach’s Corner: The Firefighter who is on the Mend

July 07, 2016 Posted By: Mizuno USA

By: Amy Begley, Coach- Atlanta Track Club


Whether you’re first or last across the finish line, you should feel proud of each race you complete. As you age or try to overcome injuries, it is important to adjust your goals to reflect those changes.


Rick Bodane first started running to train to become a firefighter 40 years ago. Since then he has finished many road races, from 5Ks to marathons, including AJC Peachtree Road Race – which he ran 18 times. Eventually the physical demands of his job took a toll on his body.


In 2011, Rick had one of his hips replaced. Last year he decided to return to the Peachtree, this time to walk it, but he needed a little help to train. He signed up for Atlanta Track Club’s In-Training for Peachtree program, where he enjoyed training as well as developing friendships in the process.


Rick was one of the last participants to finish the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race, but he didn’t let that discourage him. He says he felt a sense of accomplishment and found that he is more competitive than he thought, so he signed up for Peachtree and the training program this year – right after recovering from his second hip replacement!


Rick’s goal for the 2016 AJC Peachtree Road Race is to beat his time from last year. No matter how he does this July 4th, he’ll have the support and friendships of his training buddies to help him on race day, as well as the encouragement of his wife. As his coach, I’m excited to hear about his experience!



Begley_AmyAmy Begley is the head coach of Atlanta Track Club, the second largest running organization in the United States. She competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 10,000M and placed sixth in the 2009 IAAF World Championships in the same distance with a personal best 31:13, making her the eighth-fastest American woman in history. Her 5,000M personal best is 14:56. Begley finished her professional career with six national titles.


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