When Y member Jeremy Dovin was very young his father Kim would push him in a stroller when he went out for a run. It didn’t take long for Jeremy to get his own feet moving and by age 4 his natural running abilities become apparent. When Jeremy was age 5 he attended his first Red Rose Run – a 5 mile race held in Lancaster City. He wasn’t content to stand on the sidelines and ran the race.
Fast forward to age 14 and Jeremy has already accomplished more in the running world than most of us could ever dream of. He has run numerous races from 5Ks to half-marathons (he unofficially ran the Marine Corps Marathon). At age 11 and 13 he competed in the USATF Junior Olympics Regional competitions finishing as high as 2nd and 3rd in the 3000 meter races for his age group. He prefers competing in cross country races versus track meets and this year his cross country coach named him the Outstanding Runner of the Year. In September, Jeremy competed at the Cherokee Challenge Invitational in Marlton, NJ where he placed 2nd competing against many other schools. At the October Iron Bridge Middle School Invitational Meet – a major invitational involving more than 20 middle school cross country teams in the Lancaster/Lebanon area and beyond – he placed 3rd. Recently, he posted his best half-marathon time of 1:18:15 at the Hershey Half-Marathon which earned him a 6th place finish overall!
When asked what he likes about running, Jeremy replies “I like the competition and it’s something I’m good at.” He certainly is, but he also works very hard to make the most of his natural talents. Jeremy, his father and brother have been members of the Y for many years and come to the Y as a family on a regular basis. Jeremy’s workout routines at the Y include doing ab exercises, arm curls, dips, pull-ups, using the bench press, and push-ups (his record is 437 in a row!). He also runs on the treadmill and rides the bike every other day.
Jeremy’s future running goals include competing in the Boston Marathon and going to the Olympics. He’s well on his way and a great example of working to reach your full potential.