Kevin moved to Tallahassee in 2007 after having spent the previous 12 years as a full-time professional track and field athlete and seeking how to transition from the professional running circuit into the business world. Living in Tallahassee, Kevin saw a major need for a specialty running store, thus he and Nate Brannen introduced Capital City Runners.
A 1998 graduate of Michigan with a degree in civil engineering, Kevin Sullivan is one of the best middle-distance runners in NCAA and Canadian history, after starting early with a 3:59.29 mile in high school. In a brilliant collegiate career, he was just the third runner in Big Ten history to win four consecutive cross-country titles, and won NCAA titles in the indoor mile, Distance Medley Relay and 1500m.
In 2006, at the age of 32, Kevin ran faster than he had in five years, and started 2007 with a bang when he notched a National Record 7:40.17 for the indoor 3000m and a 13:19.27 personal best for 5000m. Kevin went on to make his eighth consecutive trip to the World Championships dating back to 1993, one of the longest streaks in the books. “A lot of it is just luck, managing injuries so they weren’t around during those World Champ years,” he said, when asked his secret. “A lot of it, too, is being mentally focused and driven, wanting to succeed at that level. It’s not an easy task to even run the standard to get into that meet, so to do it every time since 1993 is a testament to my mental strength even more than the physical ability I have.”
While Kevin takes pride in his experience, he also enjoys passing along what he’s learned to younger runners. Competing in Europe, living out of a suitcase, waiting to find out when and where you will race next, trying to maintain a training regimen in unfamiliar surroundings — Kevin has lived through it and has a practical packet of helpful hints. But perhaps his best advice to up-and-comers is more far-reaching. He loves being involved in the local community and has done numerous speaking arrangements. His experience on and off the track makes him very confident he is ready for this new adventure he and Nate have undertaken. Kevin has already made a major impact on the local running community and hopes he can continue inspiring and promoting running and fitness in Tallahassee and surrounding areas.
Kevin left the hands-on, day-to-day operations of the shop when he was announced as head coach of the University of Michigan men’s cross country program in July, 2014.
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