Dallas math teacher and coach adds to multiple running experiences

Frisco, Texas – With nearly three decades in the classroom, Mark “Runner Bwoy” Olateju is no stranger on the course. He runs with several different clubs and has ran many races, even representing his city abroad.

We’re pleased to share a fraction of Olateju’s commitment to running.

Who do you run for?

I run with White Rock Running Co-op (WRRC), Plano Pacers, Dallas Running Club (DRC), Irving Running Club (IRC), Cooper Fitness Runners, Dallas Dirt Runners (DDR), Dallas TREX (trail runners), friends, just about anyone!

What does running do for you?

Running keeps me sane, keeps me fit and makes me introspective.

Why will you run the Texas Big Star in Frisco April 2017?

I need to make amends for my 2016 showing. The course took me by surprise. I’ll be ready this time!

Why should others #RunBigStar?

Awesome crowd support, great refreshments at the finish, so many of my running friends also participate.

What has been your greatest running achievement?

Being selected to represent the city of Dallas at the Sendai International half marathon in Sendai, Japan six years ago. It was a once in a lifetime experience!

If you could not run, what would you do instead?

Volunteer at races. I just love being in a running/racing environment and taking pictures of my running friends. Capturing history I say!

Closing thoughts?

I’m a Dallas ISD middle school mathematics teacher and math competition coach for the past 28 years and counting!

We’re counting on Mark to bring his “A” game to #RunBigStar!

Race Partners and Supporters include: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco, Simon | Paschal PLLC, Greenlayer, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, TriShop, Legacy Plumbing, Albin Roach, PLLC, Classic Chevrolet, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Centennial, Cowboy Fit, Kroger, Dallas Stars Foundation, Two Men & A Truck, NBC5, I Messenger News Group

The North Texas Community Giving Foundation (NTCGF) and the Tug McGraw Foundation will present the 2nd annual Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K at Collin College Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco, Texas 75035 on April 15, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. #WhoIRunFor is a series of stories about race participants and the passion behind their footwork.

Register today! All are welcome to #RunBigStar. Corporate teams are encouraged to register as well.

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