Recently Joseph Rethemeyer broke the record for the 2 mile run, with a time of 10 minutes and 21 seconds.
Joseph isn’t a lucky first-time runner, however. He has been running “for as long as [he] can remember. As far back as 2nd grade, [he] can remember [running or] walking a mile every morning before school.”
In a way, you could say running is in his blood. His mother’s side of the family has had a passion for running for 3 generations now.
Joseph says, “Running in the Otten family (my mother's side) started with my grandfather, Herman Otten. For over 30 years, he would bike or run to Washington to the Missourian. My mother and her six other siblings all ran to school every day as kids, so it was very normal for my mom to get me and my two siblings up every morning to run two or three miles up the road by our house.”
But why does Joseph like running? Well, because “[he loves] to spend time outdoors, seeing all the scenery up and down the country roads near [his] house.”
Joseph was asked if he planned on running in college; however, his answer was no.
He says, “Part of me is ready to be a student and focus solely on my academics, but I'm sure I will regret my decision after the first few weeks of summer.”
After running track and cross country for New Haven, this is the last bit of advice Joseph has for his fellow runners or people trying to get into competitive running.
“Find a running buddy or buddies. A good buddy won't just keep you company, but they will push you even when it's really hot out or pouring down rain. By far the best friendships I could ever ask for I found running the streets of New Haven.”
Joseph Rethemeyer has been running for as long as he can remember and has made many great memories and friends by doing so. Regardless of whether Joseph continues his competitive running in college, we sure are proud of him for making it this far.