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DPT Student Competes in National Distance Running Competitions


When second year DPT student Sean Brown isn’t studying, he’s running.  Brown is a distance runner, sponsored by Boulder Running Company/Adidas - a USA Track and Field team.  He competes regularly around the country. 

Originally from Alabama, Brown started running cross country in 7th grade.  He remembers being injured in high school and receiving physical therapy treatment and thinking that it was interesting how PTs could identify a problem and target ways to fix the problem.  He decided that physical therapy was the career for him and began working toward that goal.  In his senior year Brown was recruited to Western State Colorado University where he completed an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science.  During his time at Western State, Brown was a five time All American honor recipient for Division II cross country. 

Since starting the CU Physical Therapy Program, Brown has continued running under the sponsorship of the Boulder Running Company-Adidas team.  He enjoys running in the US Championship series.  He finished 15th at the 2013 US Marathon Championships, and 15th at the 10 Mile Championships in April 2014.  In June 2014 he ran his fastest marathon at the Grandma’s Marathon, with a finish time of 2:17:02.  This race qualified him for the Olympic trials that will take place in February 2016. 

Brown manages to find time to train, even with a busy school schedule.  He completes 12-13 runs a week.  His morning runs are between 10-13 miles, and his evening runs anywhere from 6-15 miles.  Most days he incorporates light weight lifting, abdominal and back strengthening, and injury prevention exercises.  Brown says, “At first I started running because I was better than my peers, but I kept doing it because I liked it.  It’s really rewarding in that you get out of it what you put into it.” 

Brown plans to stay in Colorado after graduation.  He is considering an orthopedic residency and plans to focus his career on outpatient orthopedics, working with endurance athletes.