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Former Butler Student Competing in the Summer Olympics


A former Butler University student and track runner will take to the streets of London running the marathon in the Olympics.

Scott Overall will be competing for his home country of Britain. Overall attended Butler from 2004 to 2007 and was an All-American in the mile and 5K events. Overall says he made the switch to longer distances just last year running in the mini-marathon in Indianapolis where he finished in the top five. From there, Overall says he made the complete jump into marathon running and qualified for the Olympics in the Berlin marathon.  Overall jokes that he thinks he's gotten too old for track running and running on the roads and streets is a better fit.

The Men's Marathon event in the Olympics occurs on August 12th so until then, Overall says he is just concentrating on training. He'll run up to 120 miles week until a couple of weeks before the race where he'll scale down to about 40 to 50 miles.

Overall still has Indiana ties in that training as he works with Robert Chapman of Indiana University and USA Track and Field. Overall says it will be exciting to run one of the final events of the entire Olympic Games in front of the home crown through the streets of London.


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