When Persistence Pays Off with Joe Niemiec | Podcast ep 31

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What if persistence pays off in the end? We must believe that it does. Day after day and mile after mile we grind toward our goals. Joe Niemiec, shares his journey of persistence to realize his dream of both qualifying and competing in the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon in Atlanta.

Joe’s dream met reality every single day as he persisted through mountaintops and valleys. Joe ran thousands of miles over 4 years to find himself completing the goal of the 26.2 at the Olympic Trials Marathon.

Hear the story we all want to hear: when persistence pays off!

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Main Topic: When Persistence Pays Off with Joe Niemiec

Guest Background: Joe Niemiec

Running club: Greenville Elite Track Club
Hometown: Zeeland, Michigan
Alma Mater: Cedarville University

Career Highlights:

  • Qualifier for 2020 USA Olympic Team Marathon Trials
  • 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon Finisher
  • 2nd American at the Houston Marathon
  • Half-Marathon – 1:06:49
  • 25K (road) – 1:19:52
  • Marathon – 2:17:23

Follow Joe Niemiec:
Instagram: @joe.niemiec
Twitter: @joe_niemiec

Joe’s motivating mantra: “The Lord is my Shepard.”

As promised, here is the photo that Runner’s World featured about Olympic Trial Qualifiers.


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2 replies
  1. Whitney
    Whitney says:

    This was such a great interview! It inspired me so much to hear that Joe was able to come back from a hamstring injury & qualify for the OT! Thanks for a great listen!

    • Andi Ripley
      Andi Ripley says:

      Thanks, Whitney! We love watching your journey as it unfolds too. Hoping your hamstring cooperates as you smartly work back towards training for the OT!

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