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No rushing this runner's greatness

Updated: October 27, 2009, 10:28 AM ET
By Lucas O'Neill | ESPN RISE Magazine

This story appeared in the Central Florida edition of the October ESPN RISE Magazine.

On the surface, Brian Atkinson doesn't seem like much fun.

The Melbourne (Melbourne, Fla.) harrier never misses a run. He's in bed early every night. It doesn't matter if there's a movie or a dance: Without fail, the lights go out nine hours before he needs to get up. Harvard once called at 9:45 p.m.; Atkinson stayed in bed.

He nags his teammates about germs -- Wash your hands! ...

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