Archive for April, 2012



Steve King - Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon 2011

Steve King is many things, including co-editor of Running in the Zone: A Handbook for Seasoned Athletes.  Athletes in BC tend to know Steve best by his distinctive voice as he announces and provides colour at events such as runs, triathlons, ski races and relays.  More than once I’ve been with Steve (at a race expo, for example) and had someone passing, hear his voice, and come over to ask, “Are you Steve King?” Because he is often announcing for big events, many people never actually see him, but they sure hear that voice.

One of the big things about Steve’s race announcing is that he seems to know so much about each finisher, and has a way of making everything sound so personal.  Of course, he has ‘cheat sheets’ with info provided by the runner at registration, but he also has an amazing ability to remember people once he has seen them and will carry that through to other events.  Although I’ve known Steve since about 1985 when we both lived and ran in the Okanagan (he still does, though I don’t), I still don’t know just how he does it!  And, while I know a fair bit about him, including those things beyond running and his public persona, I learned a lot more when John Atkinson interviewed Steve on his Inside The Runner’s Mind podcast series.

With permission, I am creating this link to Steve King – Inside the Runner’s Mind  Part I and Part II.  This is a two-part series, and I have just added the second part to complete the interview.  While you are there, I strongly recommend that you check out Inside the Runner’s Mind, and John Atkinson.  There are some other great interviews there too, but I will warn you now: John shares a belief with Running in the Zone, that there is a place for detailed reporting and discussion on important topics, and he takes the time to explore things with all his guests.  Hint: You might want to pour yourself a cup of coffee.

Steve has a rich personal history, including a number of major athletic achievements of his own.  So, sit back (as I did a few days ago) and enjoy the story of Steve King, told in his own voice.