I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...


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I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby cullman » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:22 pm

...at the Coquitlam Town Centre Mall outside of Vancouver, BC today! Anybody?
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby aaronk » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:52 pm

cullman wrote:...at the Coquitlam Town Centre Mall outside of Vancouver, BC today! Anybody?


You shoulda approached him....for an autograph or a photo.....or just to say "Hi!".
I wonder what he was in the mall for!
To go to the Food Center?? To see a movie (if they have theaters there!)??
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby cullman » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:55 pm

I think I passed out. He was long gone by the time I regained consciousness. BTW, it was outside a sporting goods store.
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby nicest person ever » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:35 pm

It's okay cullman, lolz.

Back when I was in Tucson, I remember reading some article that said he was doing a lot of his training there during that same time frame. So I was like ZOMG I better go say hi to him or something omfg omfg omfg etc. But then I kept visualizing myself looking all dorky as hell just walking up to him like "Hi, errr, Ber- err, Mr. Laga- err Mr Supergod, errr... I'm like, your biggest fan and stuff and like..." and then just getting all weak in the knees and crumpling to the ground in front of him and probly kissing his running shoes like a total weirdo and I got too scurrrrred and had like a mild panic attack almost from even just merely thinking about what it would be like, in my head, and thus ended up never going out to say hi to him ever.

Welp, that's my Lagat story for now. :oops: :oops:
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby aaronk » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:47 pm

Hey, I actually MET.....and TALKED WITH.....my first track hero, Gerry Lindgren, a few years ago.
And I didn't faint....or stutter.....or ANYthing!! :D
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby ExCoastRanger » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:51 pm

True story: I worked at a running store in Tucson and one day several years ago Bernard Lagat, David Krummenacker and Abdi came in looking for a Track and Field News. Sadly, the store did not carry the mag, which was an embarrassing thing to admit (hey -- it wasn't my store), once I finally picked my mouth up off the floor.
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby nicest person ever » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:03 pm

aaronk wrote:Hey, I actually MET.....and TALKED WITH.....my first track hero, Gerry Lindgren, a few years ago.
And I didn't faint....or stutter.....or ANYthing!! :D


SHOW OFF!!!

:P
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby dincary » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:37 pm

Sorry, Lagat is in Germany, headed for Paris for the 1500 on the 6th.
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby Blues » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:44 pm

dincary wrote:Sorry, Lagat is in Germany, headed for Paris for the 1500 on the 6th.


The allegedly false sighting is interesting since Lagat's wife Gladys Tom Lagat is from Vancouver, so it wouldn't be unusual for them to be visiting her family and friends there.
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby cullman » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:18 pm

OK...I've lost my mind! :oops:
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby jlt » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:17 pm

Blues wrote:
dincary wrote:Sorry, Lagat is in Germany, headed for Paris for the 1500 on the 6th.


The allegedly false sighting is interesting since Lagat's wife Gladys Tom Lagat is from Vancouver, so it wouldn't be unusual for them to be visiting her family and friends there.

This is all correct. He's flying in an hr from Stuttgart to Paris. He's been training in Tübingen since US Nationals, is excited about running 1500 here tomorrow. By the way, he's about the most approachable guy you could ever meet......no problem at all saying hi if you meet him in some random place!

Predicting he runs 3:33 tomorrow. If he did another next week he'd probably then run 3:32 and a third something like 3:31. But it's hard to quite have the 1500 race rhythm straight out....
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby DrJay » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:36 am

I suspect many (most?) national/international caliber T&F athletes would enjoy the "hello, love watching you compete, good luck in Eugene/Moscow/Europe". They don't get much recognition on this side of the pond.
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby gh » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:38 am

most will, but there's no middle ground; if they're not of the gladtameecha variety, then you're liable to end up with a bad case of frostbite.
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby Brian » Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:10 pm

[quote="cullman"]I think I passed out. He was long gone by the time I regained consciousness. BTW, it was outside a sporting goods store.[/quote]

He was probably buying new running shoes.
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby Charley Shaffer » Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:47 pm

gh wrote:most will, but there's no middle ground; if they're not of the gladtameecha variety, then you're liable to end up with a bad case of frostbite.

gh is correct; I've experienced both, though much, much more of the former. Lagat has always been friendly and will chat.
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Re: I could have sworn I saw Bernard Lagat...

Postby measurer » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:17 am

I met G. Hill and B.Hersh once - they didn't respond! But no one else talks to me anyway. :(
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