|Each month, this website will interview a local runner. This runner may
not necessarily set records, but instead shows a desire and dedication
for the sport.
|Here, Brian takes a moment to pose for the
camera at the Making Tracks For A Track
|Brian seeks advice from
Rosa, the beloved mascot.
|Curt Foust, David Renz, and Brian after
Fairvew placed second at Districts in 2001.
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Mark Center, Ohio. It was rough growing up in
the streets (note sarcasm), but it taught me to stay tough in both life and running. Now, I
am a 21-year old junior at Ball State University in glorious Muncie, Indiana. My majors
are Telecommunications and Psychology, and I will graduate next May. I work as a
writing tutor for the university. I have an older brother, Tony (age 24), and my parents
are Mike (age 72) and Barb (age 74) Gorrell. (please don't be mad at me Barb and Mike, I
only put what I am told, (ha, ha)
How long have you been running?
9 beautiful years (since 7th grade track)
What is your favorite race?
The Apache Run 5K, of course! (good answer)
What is your favorite type of race?
5K or 10K road race, preferably in cool weather with a slight haze and drizzle.
What are some of your running accomplishments?
I was co-captain of the 2002 GMC champion Fairview cross country team, and I received
"The Motivator" award that year. Our team won back-to-back GMC championships in
2001and 2002 (the first back-to-back Fairview men's CC champs in over 35 years), and I
was named to the all-conference Honorable Mention team both years. More importantly,
I composed the "Zumbaugh's Warriors" theme song in tribute to Edgerton's beloved
What motivates you to keep running?
Running helps me sleep better and boosts my self-esteem, confidence, and mood. I
was at a really low point in my life a little over a year ago, and running was a very
positive outlet for my feelings of anger and disappointment. Running outdoors can be a
very spiritual activity, making you one with nature and your environment. All of these
reasons motivate me to keep running.
Also, when I was in 7th grade, I weighed over 500 pounds. I was so fat, nobody liked
me. I constantly smelled of ham and dandruff. Thanks to running, I don't anymore. So
that, too, has been a motivator. (that's not true, you couldn't have been more than 350 and
you didn't smell that bad) ha,ha
What are some of your running goals for the future?
I would like to run the Akron or Cincinnati Marathon this year, and the Boston
or Chicago Marathon the year after.
What are some of your favorite running memories?
My favorite running memories include going to regionals twice as a team,
watching Jeff Hange run at state, finishing second place behind Curt Foust in the
20-something men's bracket at a couple 5Ks this summer (note- I heard that Foust guy is
looking over his shoulder waiting for the eventual defeat at the hands of Gorrell), getting to
shout words of encouragement and times to the runners at last year's Fairview 4 Mile
Relay and Apache 5K, the race at Grover Hill where I beat all of Zumbaugh's warriors,
and our mascot wars with Hicksville.
What is the best thing about running?
The feeling of accomplishment when I've completed a race or long run
What is the worst thing about running?
It is sometimes difficult to fit it in my schedule.
Who are some of your running influences?
Back in high school, my great teammates influenced me to always do my
best(especially Jeff Hange, Dave Renz, Josh Neilson, and Jeremy Buskirk, who I had
the pleasure of running with for 3 or all 4 years). I never wanted to let them down.
Curt Foust is one of my running influences, and his love of the sport rubs off
on everyone he has coached or ran with. His total commitment and selflessness in
putting on the Apache Run 5K, the Sole to Soul 5K, and various other races year after
year (raising money for many good causes) is inspiring to all. (thanks, Brian)
What is something you have learned from running?
I've learned to never doubt myself and that I can always do one more mile.
What advice would you give to a starting runner?
Most importantly: never give up! Realize that nobody starts out a champion; be patient
with yourself. Finally, wait for the sound of the gun! excellent advice
Direct this answer to the high school runners out there, what do you think
makes a good leader?
A good leader has 4 qualities: focus, ambition, desire, and morality. Keep your sights
set on achieving your goal, do the work to get the job done, never settle for less than
your best, and help others along the way. Set high goals for yourself and your
teammates, and truly take pride in the accomplishments of others. note: that is why you
were a great captain
Any embarrassing moments while running?
I had food poisoning my freshman year at the Clay Invitational. I had to run
from the starting line to the Port-A-Pots; I made it back within 30 seconds of
the gun, ran the race, then immediately returned to the Port-A-Pots.
Also, the time I was passed by a 12-year old girl and an 80-year old man in the
same mile was pretty awesome (last year's Harlan 10k). (note: I thought for sure you were
going to beat that 80 year old man with your kick)
What are your non running plans for the future?
I will be going to law school after I graduate. After that, I hope to trick some unsuspecting woman
into marrying me and bearing several obnoxious children (all of whom will be mediocre runners).
Favorite quotes (running or non-running or both):
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of
enthusiasm." -Winston Churchill-
Also, "With imagination and reason, we become creators of our future and cease to be
slaves of our past." -Spinoza-
Finally, "Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way,
you're a mile away from them, and you have their shoes."
What kind of things do you like to see at a race?
First and foremost, I like to see camaraderie and good sportsmanship. Runners are a
special breed, and I know of no other sport that fosters a welcoming and supportive
environment as much as running; pats on the back, handshakes at the finish line, and
words of encouragement when passing or being passed are all great things to see at a
Thanks Brian, for answering these questions and always pushing yourself to reach your goals
and being a great captain.
2000 Paulding Invitational Runner Up
front from left: Coach Foust, Rich Matney Eric Jesse
back: Josh Neilson, Jeremy Buskirk, Austin Rodeheaver,
David Renz, Jeff Hange and Brian Gorrell.