Cross country coach in midst of unreal 24-year streak

Cross country coach in midst of unreal 24-year streak

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Cross country coach in midst of unreal 24-year streak

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Rich Wright, the co-head coach of the Baldwin cross country team, at right, has run at least one mile every day for 24 consecutive years — Baldwin Whitehall Schools

Rich Wright, the co-head coach of the Baldwin cross country team, at right, has run at least one mile every day for 24 consecutive years — Baldwin Whitehall Schools

There are streaks, and then there is run that Baldwin cross country coach Rich Wright. In this case, we mean run literally.

As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Wright is in the midst of a 24-year streak of running at least one mile every single day. Literally, every day. The Baldwin co-head cross country coach hasn’t missed one day of running despite sickness, travel or any of the other things that would keep we mere mortals from lacing up the shoes at least once in awhile.

For those of you who are particularly mathematically inclined, Baldwin is currently on day 8,780, a run that began with a jog on August 3, 1990. While it’s a remarkable feat, Wright’s streak is actually only the 86th longest current streak on official record with the United States Running Streak Association (ed. note: that exists?!?). He told the Tribune-Review that he has no plans to stop running, which means the streak will only end when or if he eventually faces a serious injury.

Until then, Wright is happy to reflect on all the ways that daily running has helped him, predominantly in ways that have nothing to do with running.

“It has made me a better coach, a stronger person mentally and physically, and has put a daily routine in my life,” Wright told the Tribune-Review. “I don’t race anymore, but working on the biggest races in the Pittsburgh area helps me stay in contact with the running community.”

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