Nick Symmonds is a guy who knows how to get attention. If you don’t know him as the guy who auctioned off his skin as ad space twice, or the guy who passed on joining the U.S.’s World Championship track and field team because he wouldn’t sign the contract limiting his ability to promote his sponsors, then you might know him as that runner guy who dated Paris Hilton, that runner guy who was rumored to star on a season of The Bachelor, or that runner guy who was on American Ninja Warrior.
More importantly though, those stunts, as many people have called them, have helped make Nick Symmonds as close to a household name as any American 800 meter specialist could be. Despite his 2013 World Championship silver medal and making it to two Olympics, even placing 5th in 2012, Nick argues that corruption at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and U.S.A. Track and Field (USATF) make it almost impossible for many top-level track athletes to earn a subsistence living, let alone pay to train at the level necessary to compete with the best in the world.
Nick, himself, has made it his mission to clean up the sport he loves, but also to be personally successful whether on the track or off. As he approaches retirement from his own professional running career, he’s shifting his focus to the company he started with his former coach, Sam Lampray, Run Gum.