EDH Athlete of the Week: Aidan Campbell

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Only a hip injury kept Aidan Campbell from eclipsing the 500-mile mark in his summer training for the upcoming cross country season.

Campbell, a junior at Oak Ridge, missed out on training over the first half of summer because of an injury to his hip. Once he recovered, he ran around 45 miles a week for the remainder of the summer. It was productive to say the least, and Campbell is looking forward to seeing his hard work pay off this season.

“Aidan is returning after missing his sophomore track season last spring due to an injury,” Oak Ridge cross country coach Bob Wright said. “He has worked very hard over the summer to overcome it and comes into the season as fit as he possibly can be. He will be either our No 1 or No. 2 runner this season. We're hoping he will finish in the top-10 in our league and make it to the section meet. Aidan is dedicated and talented, and a pleasure to work with.”


Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation?

Aidan Campbell: After graduation, I hope to get into a good college that allows me to be adequately prepared for whatever future job I decide to do.


FT: Do sports run in your family?

AC: Yes, but not running. My dad used to play hockey, and my cousin and uncle used to swim competitively.


FT: How long have you been running and how did you get your start in it?

AC: I started running when I was a fifth grader for Lakeview Elementary School, which was back when I was 11 years old. I got my start in it because I enjoyed running in P.E., and I decided to try cross country to see whether I would like racing.


FT: What do you like about cross country?

AC: I enjoy the positive, competitive atmosphere in cross country. While cross country is a difficult sport physically and mentally, its challenges bring out the best in people. I have met many of the most kind and genuine people I know through cross country. I also enjoy how it keeps me fit and helps me to stay positive.


FT: Some people say running is a stress reliever. Others say running is a good time to think about things. What does running do for you?

AC: It does help me relieve my stress and help me to think about things. Additionally, it helps me to stay focused and determined on my goals outside of running. Furthermore, it offers me an opportunity to talk to friends and meet new people during practices and race days.


FT: Coach Wright said you had a strong offseason. Tell us what you did and about the work you put in.

AC: Yes, I trained hard in the offseason. For the first half of the offseason I was not able to run many miles since I had a hip injury that kept me from running consistently since January. However, once that healed, I increased my weekly mileage to around 45 over six days, and then I did another form of cardio (swimming, biking, elliptical) for the last day of the week. I also did exercises targeted to strengthening my core four-to-five days a week so that I will hopefully not get the same hip injury I had again.


FT: What are your goals for the upcoming season?

AC: I hope to improve my 5k time from last year and help my team as much as possible.


FT: Have you ever been involved in any other sports?

AC: Yes, when I was very young I used to play hockey, soccer, and basketball. However, once I started running more I decided that in order to do my best I would have to stop playing other sports. I also to ski from time to time.


FT: What is your favorite class in school?

AC: My favorite class in school is A.P. World History.


FT: Favorite music?

AC: I don’t have a favorite music. The music I listen to varies with the mood I am in.


FT:  Favorite Food?

AC: My favorite food is pasta.


FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.

AC: I have three cats. My oldest cat named Mario, and he is lethargic and temperamental. My other cats named Jonathan and Watson are both young and athletic.


FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?

AC: In my free time, I enjoy doing community service. I also study different areas of investment, with my primary focus being on stocks and options.


FT: What inspires you in sports?

AC: I am inspired by continually working to improving my race times so that I can maximize the talent that I have. I always try to do my best because I know how fortunate I am to be given the chance to compete, as there are so many people around the world who are not given that opportunity.


FT: Is there a particular job or profession you’d like to have after college?

AC: I am undecided on what profession I would like to have after college.