Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Robin Williams: Cross-country runner & track star
By Christopher Chavez
Robin Williams often credited his drama club at Redwood High School as one of the sparks to his career in comedy. Before he made the world laugh, Williams was a cross-country runner -- and a good one too. On Monday, Williams was found dead in his California home at the age of 63.
"I love running cross country," Williams once said. "On a track, I feel like a hamster."
According to his high school yearbook, Williams ran 1:58.8 for 800 meters in 1969, according to Runner's World. That same year, his 4x400-meter relay team also ran 3:21.7.
Williams ran in the 1984 Dipsea Race in California, where he finished in 232nd place of 1,375 runners. The cross-country trail race is the oldest in America since its start in 1905.
"Besides the hills, the stairs and the downhill, it wasn't bad," Williams told the Marin Independent Journal afterward.
Williams also played soccer for Redwood and went on to play at Claremont Men's College before attending Julliard, where his acting career would take off.