John Schrup, manager of Rogue Equipment in Austin, TX , began running in 1979, inspired by seeing Bill Rodgers in a race near his house. John can recall, “Just like in so many pictures, he never touched the ground.” Soon after, he heard about Alberto Salazar, Toshihiko Seko, Grete Waitz, Frank Shorter and he was hooked. He says, “My only goal in life at that time was to be like them. Unfortunately, I was largely blind to my complete lack of talent.“
Much like John and his running career, his store, Rogue Equipment is the little guy on the block, the underdog. The store is in the heart of Austin, TX, which has no lack of a running community, but their main store competition was built by a local icon so Rogue remains number two. But John sees the brighter side of things, “We are very fortunate to be where we are, in all aspects. We live in a place where summer lasts for six or seven months, but the trails and roads are never empty. There are few places I’d rather be.”
Rogue does have one thing going for it that leaves its competitors in the dust. They have the largest marathon training group in the city. No one does marathon training as well as they do. And no one has as as much fun either.
Rogue Equipment will screen The Long Green Line in-store on August 28, 2009 at 7 p.m. John believes the film will inspire, educate and excite. And as for cross country in Texas, it’s another underdog story, it’s big but far below other sports in terms of general awareness, it’s Texas after all. John says, “If we can get a kid excited about running, maybe we can get their parents or siblings excited about running. Relatively few people have witnessed the thunder of the herd at the start of a big cross meet. Just thinking about gives me goosebumps.”
John goes on to point out how the movie links with his theory on the underdog and hard work. “Watching The Long Green Line reminds us that in running, you don’t have to have incredible talent, you just have to focus and work, and see things as they are, in the big picture. If you do the practice, you will get better. It is a great metaphor for life.”
We here at LGL Productions hope the screening is a big success.
For more details you can contact John @:
500 San Marcos St.
Austin, TX 78702
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