Gabe Proctor Biography
- Two time National champion in the 5k/10k
- 10th at the Houston Half Marathon Championships
How did you start in your sport?
I was born in Ethiopia and due to difficult circumstances left and moved to the US with my siblings where we were adopted. Since graduating high school, home has been whereever running has taken me. It started in Vermont, and continued onto Garden City Community College and then to Western State Colorado University which is where my running career took off. My coach, Jennifer Michel made me believe I could be a national champion and make a career out of running. After college, I moved to Mammoth Lakes which is now my home and where I train with the MTC.
What does a typical training day look like?
Two runs with long naps in between.
What keeps you passionate about your sport?
To me, running isn't hard, its just time consuming. I am living my dream, there isn't anything hard about that. The only thing that is hard is waiting for races and most importantly, the Olympics. When you succeed at something, not only does it make you feel good but you want more of it. That is how I feel about running. I want to keep pushing my limit. My parents encourage me to excel; they brought me to the States so I could have a better life. They believe in everything I do. I want to to make them proud by doing my best. The same goes for my coach, Andrew Kastor. The day I know that I am a professional runner is when I have a shoe sponsor, a great coach, and a group of teammates with the same goals. I now have all of these. Now my life is training, staying healthy, enduring the long dreadful wait until the Trials.