NPR logo

Track Star Started Out Running for His Life

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/10786003/10786004" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Track Star Started Out Running for His Life

Sports

Track Star Started Out Running for His Life

Track Star Started Out Running for His Life

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/10786003/10786004" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Lopez Lomong learned to run as a means of survival. Now, he runs for sport — and he's fast.

At the age of 6, he fled Sudan with his family to avoid being killed by rebel militias. For three days, he ran for his life, across hundreds of miles of African wilderness.

Now, he's a sophomore at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and has a good chance of clinching the title of national champion in the NCAA's 1500-meter race this week in Sacramento.

Laurel Morales reports from member station KNAU.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.