A Cross Country Team Saves the Day!

By September 29, 2016Run
PHOTOGRAPH BY TIM RILEY

RUNNERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA CROSS COUNTRY TEAM POSE WITH A POLICE OFFICER AFTER SUCCESSFULLY CHASING A WOULD-BE THIEF.

It’s always great to read a feel good story that has to do with running, but this story had a very unique spin!

Runner’s World shared the story of how the University of Arizona cross country team literally saved the day when they chased after a thief and got him.

From the article:

When Collins Kibet, a senior All-American 800-meter runner at the University of Arizona, heard someone bolt out of the bathroom of his cross-county team’s fifth-floor hotel room in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, he gave chase.

Kibet, whose 800-meter PR is 1:46.87, sprinted down five flights of stairs and out a side door of the hotel, where, according to the police report, a man holding a pocket-knife and carrying an Arizona cross country backpack and travel bag confronted him. According to the police report, Clinton dropped the bags and started emptying his pockets. He gave the team his own wallet, which had his social security card inside.

A happy ending thanks to the swiftness of some fellow runners!