Cook, a PE teacher, credits his start to his coach in high school in southern California, not far from where Cook lives today. I call him my dad now. I needed some direction. I always tell people that running saved my life. At junior college, I got better, got more track knowledge. Went to Fresno State on a full-ride scholarship, kept running. Post collegiate, got a good club team. Now, 20 plus years later, I’m still doing it at a high level.
That high level includes a 4:02 mile and marathon wins in Arizona, his native state, in 2015 and 2018. If I don’t go out there and run, I get antsy. It’s that athletic pursuit. It’s part of my life, you know. I love encouraging other people, coaching, celebrating the sport.