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BEING ALL HE CAN BE

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Interview By Woody Green

NOTE: This interview (now slightly edited) was done for and first

published on the Runner's World Daily web site. It is used here with

permission. Make it a habit to check the Runner's World Daily site at:

http://www.runnersworld.com

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Dan Browne, a 22 year old graduate of West Point Academy, currently

looks to be one of the most promising young distance runners in the

country. He made two big splashes on the national running scene

recently with a victory at the 4,000 meter World Cross Country Trials in

Orlando on February 1, and a second place finish in the Millrose Games

3,000 meters on February 14th. His 7:51.52 at Millrose rose some

eyebrows, but close observers of track and field will remember his

fantastic double at the World University Games last summer where he

took third in the 5,000 and second in the 10,000. His current army

assignment is to live and train with two other army runners in Boulder

under the supervision of coach Rich Castro.

Runner's World Daily: 1997 was a great year for you. What was your

personal highlight?

Dan Browne: Competitively it was the World University Games, of

course. Another was running my first sub-four-minute mile at the

Army-Navy meet. Then, I participated in a month long study on high

altitude training at Park City, Utah. I made twenty-five new friends

there.

RWD: How did you feel about your run at Millrose?

DB: That’s the biggest indoor meet I’ve ever done. It’s the first time I’ve

run indoors this year, and it really brought back the excitement of

running indoors. I ran 7:51, which is a PR for me.

RWD: What about your win at the 4,000 meter World Cross Country

Trials in Orlando?

DB: I went in not knowing how I would do, but at the half way point I

had the lead and I knew I had some great runners like Marc Davis

behind me, so I decided to make a move and make them catch me. It

just went really well from there.

RWD: What do you think about adding the 4,000 meter race to the

World Cross Country Championships this year?

DB: I think it’s great, of course. It draws a lot of new runners to the cross

country scene, it brings the milers in. For most of us the trials race was

the first time we’ve run that short of a cross country race since high

school. It’s exciting.

RWD: Before you travel to the IAAF World Cross Country meet (March

21 and 22) you will be going to the World Military Cross Country

Championships in Ireland on March 8. What can you tell us about that

meet?

DB: It is a 5 K and I’ll be running with Eric Mack, who is an Air Force

Academy graduate, and my two Army teammates Mike Bernstein and

Jason Stewart.

There will be military teams from all over the world. I’m really hoping

the Kenyans will be there. The more exposure I have to them, the better

I’ll be able run against them later. I’ll use this meet to get ready for

Worlds.

RWD: The army has assigned you to Boulder to train, what are your

other responsibilities?

DB: Other than running my job is basically to do PR for the army. I’m

also attached to an ROTC unit at the University of Colorado.

In order to stay in the training program we have to hit bench marks and

show potential for making the 2000 Olympic team. We can be cut at any

time if we don’t make the bench marks. Right now I’m doing well.

Hopefully I can make the army really proud of me. I really mean that,

I’m not just saying it because I’m supposed to.

RWD: What are you looking for in the future?

DB: My long term goal is to run in the Sydney Olympics in 2000. I don’t

know what distance yet, either the 5,000 or 10,000.

My short term goal is to keep making as many international teams as I

can. I hope to make the Goodwill Games team and travel to Europe this

summer. If I make several teams and get used to it, then making the

Olympic team in 2000 won’t seem like such a big deal that it’s

impossible.