Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Rory is a proud Canadian citizen. However, at the age of six, he moved to the United States where he has lived ever since. A standout performer in the Utah high school ranks, he then went to Brigham Young University where he graduated in the spring of 2019.
After all that you accomplished, what drives you to continue running?
I continue to run because it’s when I feel most connected to my thoughts, feelings, and the earth.
What are your goals for the upcoming year?
My goals for this upcoming year are to make the Tokyo Olympics in the 10000 meters for Canada.
What was one of the biggest hurdles to overcome while balancing track and school at BYU?
The biggest hurdle I faced trying to balance school and track at BYU was simply managing time appropriately. It was very easy to waste a couple of hours and then feel overwhelmed when the work stacked up.
What's been your biggest lesson learned so far since turning pro?
My biggest lesson I’ve learned since going pro is patience. I still want to love this sport when I’m 30, 40, or even 50 years old. It takes so much patience to develop and trust that things will work out.
What would it mean to you to make the Canadian Olympic team?
If I made the Canadian Olympic team it’d be an absolute dream come true. I think it would give me a platform and experience to build off of and catapult my career as an athlete. There simply is no bigger stage.
What has been your most memorable race to date?
My most memorable race to date is probably when I finished 2nd at NCAA’s in 2017. That was the day I realized I could achieve my dreams of being a professional, and making an Olympic team.
What does your weight training consist of and which exercise do you feel helps your running the most?
We do a lot of weight training that focuses on balance and injury prevention. We like to isolate both sides of the body to find weaknesses. Single leg Romanian Deadlift is my favorite.
What's the weirdest or funniest thing that ever happened to you while running?
The weirdest thing that has happened to me while running is probably drive by heckling, or a bowel movement gone wrong.
What's your biggest fear?
My greatest fear is not reaching my potential. I feel blessed with talent and opportunity. I need to make the most of it.
What's one of your biggest pet peeves?
One of my biggest pet peeves is excuses. Don’t make excuses, make it happen.
What's it like to represent Hoka and the NAZ Elite team?
It’s awesome to represent Hoka and NAZ elite. Hoka is a brand that stands for all the right things, makes an amazing product, and gives back to the running community. NAZ elite is a special group. We are a family and we are going to change the way people view the landscape of our sport.
Who would you say is the funniest teammate?
My funniest teammate is definitely Aliphine. She has an infectious positivity and wears her heart on her sleeve. She always says the right things to make everyone laugh and is unapologetic in who she is.
What do you think Aliphine's win at the Olympic trials does for Hoka as a brand?
Aliphine’s win shows the world that Hoka has invested in great athletes and they make an incredible product. I think Hoka will continue to rise.
In your free time when you’re not running, what hobby’s do you enjoy?
I love reading, watching sports, cooking good food, and spending time with friends.
What's the most important tip you like to give new runners?
Be patient, things take a long time but I’ve never met someone who didn’t learn to love it when they gave it an honest chance.
When it comes to running, what would you say is your biggest strength and weakness?
My biggest strength is my discipline. I live and breathe this sport and it doesn’t feel difficult because I’ve developed such a passion. My weakness is that I can fall into a comparison trap. It’s so easy to look at someone’s journey with envy. I have learned to focus on my individual pursuit.
Who is someone you look up to in the sport?
I look up to Jared Ward, he is so consistent and has a great perspective. He has competed well on the biggest stages and it is truly remarkable.
Who is one of your favorite athletes to train with?
I love training with Matthew Baxter, he’s very consistent, very calm, and we seem to have a good time working out together.
Can you tell us a little about the Running Rivals podcast?
Running Rivals is a podcast me and my two teammates, Nick Hauger and Matthew Baxter started. We were rivals in university and now we are good friends and teammates at the beginning of our professional careers. We want to share stories in a light-hearted but inspiring and insightful format.
Did you ever imagine you'd be where you are today in the sport?
I’ve always been a dreamer so I can say I truly did envision being where I am today. I wanted to be a pro as soon as I fell in love with the sport.
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