THIS WEEK'S GUEST - 25th September 2013
9 to 10pm Radio Sport

Rod Dixon - KiDSMARATHON Foundation

For 17 years, Rod Dixon was one of the best runners in the world. He is an Olympic Medallist, two time World Cross Country Championship Medalist, and the 1500m Champion of the United States, France, Great Britain, and New Zealand. And, to this day, his victory in the 1983 New York City Marathon remains one of the most dramatic finishes the event has ever seen.

Rod is now a passionate advocate of the worldwide children’s health and fitness movement. He knows that kids around the world are not getting the physical exercise and nutrition they need. It is Rod’s goal to bring the KiDSMARATHON programme to thousands of children around the world, so they can experience the true value (and fun!) of exercise and nutrition, and develop positive life-long habits.

Over his career, Dixon beat all the greats – Steve Prefontaine, John Walker, Lasse Viren, Henry Rono, Ben Jipcho, Brendan Foster, Dick Quax, Emil Puttemans, and many other world-class runners.

He was undoubtedly one of the pioneers of the sport, helping lead the world athletics transition from the stone-age amateur days into the modern professional era. He helped pioneer the business of earning a living from running. He grasped the trust fund concept early and, with the assistance of good legal representation, was able to keep prize money from races on the United States road racing circuit while others still anguished about whether they could accept prize money.

Reflecting on his life of running, Dixon nominates two moments as being most memorable – the Olympic medal and the New York City Marathon victory.

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