Keith Brantly

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Keith Brantly
Personal information
Full name Keith Alan Brantly
Nationality  United States
Born (1962-05-23) May 23, 1962 (age 53)
Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Marathon, 10,000 meters
College team University of Florida

Keith Alan "KB" Brantly (born May 23, 1962) is an American former professional long-distance runner who contended in the men's marathon at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Brantly finished twenty-eighth of one hundred and eleven runners who completed the race, in a time of 2:18:17.[1] He is recognized for his extensive distance-running career that encompasses nearly three decades at distances that range form one mile to a marathon.

He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science in 1986, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."[2]

Running career[edit]

High school (1976-1980)[edit]

When Brantly was at Winter Haven High School in 1976, he joined the cross-country team, coached by Buck Dawson. Dawson is a member of Morehead State University Hall of Fame who later went to coach high school cross-country and track in 1979 where he guided two runners to be future Olympians. When Brantly’s running career soared as an individual in the fall of his senior year during the cross-country season, Dawson saw the potential he held. Brantly and one of his most memorable competitors, Basil Magee from Largo High School, challenged each other in multiple encounters such as the 1979 Astronaut Invitational and the 1979 Winter Haven Invitational, with Brantly falling just seconds behind Magee in both encounters. Towards the seasons end, there were two teams preparing for battle at the cross-country state championships in DeLand, Florida, Largo High School and Astronaut High School. All the while, Brantly was preparing for the title as champion. In the Florida class 4A High School State Cross Country Championships, Brantly (14:18) took an early lead to finally defeated Magee (14:30) in a rigorous five thousand meter footrace. Throughout the remainder of his senior year, Brantly and Magee grew closer in ability and competitiveness that carried into the spring track season. In 1980, Brantly would go to the Florida class 4A High School State Track Championships and win the 2-mile event in the time of 9:13. Brantly and Magee’s competitive relationship did not stop at the state level, but at the national level where Magee (9:02) would outkick Brantly (9:03) at the 2-mile Postal Meet for the win.

  • 1979 - Florida Class 4A High School State Cross Country Champion (14:18)
  • 1980 - Florida Class 4A High School Track and Field 2 mile Champion (9:13)

College (1980-1986)[edit]

Brantly attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he would run collegiate cross-country and track under Coach John Randolph. As a college student athlete, naturally, it was easy to get distracted and lazy Brantly said. Randolph helped instill the discipline that he lacked. During his time as a Gator, Brantly continued to thrive as a runner by winning two Southeastern Conference (SEC) 10,000 meter championships. In an interview he explains that these were no easy feat, “The University of Florida places a high emphasis on the SEC so winning was a very big deal.” Winning at this level played a huge roll in his running career because it would later aid him in his quest for the Olympic team.

  • 1982 - SEC 10,000 m Champion (30:18.23)
  • 1982 - 5th place in 2 mile at NCAA Indoor Championships (8:49.92)
  • 1983 - SEC 10,000 m Champion (29:48.1)
  • 1983 - 5th place in 10,000 m at NCAA Championships (29:45.95)
  • 1983 - SEC Cross Country Champion
  • 1984 - 7th place in 10,000 m at NCAA Championships (28:39.82)

After College (1986-1998)[edit]

Following his collegiate career with the Florida Gators, he was mentored by David Martin who compiled his knowledge to transform him “from a talented runner to a seasoned competitor” Brantly said. His competitive spirit and love for the sport continued to push him to further distances. The furthest distances he competed in before were the 5,000 meters, the 10,000 meters and an eighteen mile training run. Brantly would run his first marathon (2:20:35) in Honolulu, Hawaii, and found that the training for this distance alone was a challenge in itself. In the 1993 New York City Marathon, Brantly (2:12:51) continued to improve placing fifth behind the elite marathoners. In the 1994 Boston Marathon (2:13:00), he trained to finish in the top five but fell behind at the half way point finishing twentieth.

With years of experience and failing to make the United States Olympic team twice in previous years, Brantly’s drive to make the team in 1996 was his main focus. At the 1996 Olympic Trails Marathon, Brantly used his previous failed attempts and knowledge from the New York and Boston Marathons to strategize making the team. “My strategy at the 1996 Trails was to sit back, draft and stay warm until the final three players became clear.” Brantly said. Paul Zimmerman led the race until the fifteen mile marker where Bob Kempainen, Mark Coogan, and Keith Brantly would take control for the final 10,000 meters. Brantly would finish in a time of 2:13:22 placing third and locking him into the US Olympic team. At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, Brantly gathered his thoughts and strategies for the biggest stage an athlete can compete on. He finished representing the United States in a time of 2:18:27 placing twenty-eighth.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1981 World Junior Cross Country Championships Madrid, Spain 3rd Junior race 22:07
1985 World University Games Kobe, Japan 1st 10,000 m 29:11.24
USA 10 km Road Championships Asbury Park, New Jersey 1st 10 km 28:39
1987 USA 10 km Road Championships Asbury Park, New Jersey 1st 10 km 28:47
1988 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Tampa, Florida 2nd 5,000 m 13:45.16
US Olympic Trials Indianapolis, Indiana 4th 5,000 m 13:47.87
1989 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Houston, Texas 2nd 5,000 m 13:40.2
USA 10 km Road Championships Raleigh, North Carolina 1st 10 km 28:55
1992 US Olympic Trials Marathon Columbus, Ohio 4th Marathon 2:14:16
1993 USA 20 km Road Championships New Haven, Connecticut 1st 20 km 59:55
New York City Marathon New York City, New York 5th Marathon 2:12:49
1995 USA 10 km Road Championships New Orleans, Louisiana 1st 10 km 29:12
USA 25 km Road Championships Grand Rapids, Michigan 1st 25 km 1:15:20
USA Marathon Championships Charlotte, North Carolina 1st Marathon 2:14:27
1996 US Olympic Trials Marathon Charlotte, North Carolina 3rd Marathon 2:13:22
Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia 28th Marathon 2:18:27
1998 USA Marathon Championships Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1st Marathon 2:12:31

Personal records[edit]

Event Time
1500 m 3:40.7
5 km 13:36
10 km 28:02
15 km 42:50
Half-marathon 1:01:30
Marathon 2:12:31

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • Cohen, Gary. "Keith Brantly Interview." Garycohenrunning. 1 May 2009. Web. 25 Oct. 2015. Keith Brantly at the 1998 Men's National Marathon Championship. Digital image. Brantly Running the Art and Science of Success. Keith Brantly, 2008. Web. 25 Oct. 2015.
  • http://www.garycohenrunning.com/Interviews/Brantly.aspx
  • "1979 National Team Championship "Largo HS, FL vs. Astronaut HS, FL" Read More: News - 1979 National Team Championship "Largo HS, FL vs. Astronaut HS, FL"" RunnerSpace.com. XCNATION.com, 30 Sept. 2013. Web. 25 Oct. 2015.
  • Kemp, Bill. "Winter Haven Coach Harry Wooddell to Be Inducted into Hall." (n.d.): n. pag. Polk Preps. 7 Jan. 2012. Web. 27 Oct. 2015.
  • Brown, Rick. "Polk Hall of Fame Welcomes Five Inductees." (n.d.): n. pag. The Ledger. 17 June 2008. Web. 27 Oct. 2015.
Specific
  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Keith Brantly. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  2. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 18, 2014.