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SUNY Geneseo’s Alex Burks Joins the D3 Glory Days Podcast

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This week Stu and Noah sit down with Alex Burks, a graduate of SUNY Geneseo. More often than not on this podcast we’re talking through the journeys of D3 superstars, Alex doesn’t quite fit that mold. A zero-time All American, Alex was a solid varsity runner on a national-caliber team, but never racked up individual accolades. We’re talking to Alex because he believed in his potential as a runner and never gave up on his dreams.

In early May, Alex won a small marathon in a breakthrough time of 2:16:51. Alex describes himself as an emotional runner, and that comes through in a video recorded at the race finish, as years of hard work pay off in a single moment. There’s plenty to unpack in Alex’s journey as a runner and your hosts left this conversation truly inspired.

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SHOW NOTES AND QUOTES

On the Lost Boys Track Club:

“Being lost is a mindset of I don’t know what I’m doing, but I know I love doing it.”

On where he is at with his training and what’s next:

“I’ve cashed in on my training and from here on out, and everything else that happens I’m playing with house money. Any additional time I take off my marathon is stuff I didn’t think was possible 2 years ago.”

How much his 2:16 marathon meant:

“it’s meant everything”

On keeping the dream alive :

“You can be that kid that never had things click and if you keep at it long enough and you have a dream, you’re worth doing that dream. You’re worth chasing that idea.”

On chasing dreams:

“If you work at it and have a dream, you’re worth doing that dream. You’re worth chasing that idea. Especially if it’s something that it’s something you truly enjoy you’re not going to regret the time you spent chasing that dream”

Reflecting on college:

“I had dreams in college and they never came to fruition. I walked away with 0 All-American awards and never qualified for track nationals. However, I feel like I had a successful college career for what I wanted because I walked with some of the best memories.”

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