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Road to Rio: ‘Coach’ Brannen closing in on last Olympics

January 24, 2016

The 7th high-schooler in North America to run a Mile in under 4 minutes nears end of remarkable career.

By Greg Mercer, The Record

Nate Brannen frowns at his stopwatch and shouts instructions across the football field to a gang of shirtless teenage boys clustered on the track. They take off running, jockeying for position.

"That was good guys, way to go," he says, as they pass by. "But I told you take it easy. You guys raced it."

At 33, Nate Brannen has been a lot of things. Canadian high school record holder. Two-time Olympian. An NCAA track star. One of the country's fastest runners. But to these teenagers, he's got another, simpler title: Coach.

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