The Infamous Galen Rupp

24 Jun

To all my non-runner readers, you’ll probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Galen Rupp is a runner who might be a real life version of Peter Pan.

To errbody else, we all know of Galen Rupp’s antics.  In case you’ve only looked at or heard about his race results and have never actually seen videos or photos of him racing, here’s a quick recap for y’all.

The “Rupp Jersey Taunt”

lookin happy bro


I think maybe his jersey is just too tight?


Ok, now I’ll admit, that Rupp-ism has some Swag.  But it gets worse..


The Breathe-Rupp strips.


Nice Spandex Tank Bro


Nice guns bro


The ridiculous pre and post race poses.

I have no words for this..

This kid looks less intimidating than 6 year old girls, yo



Now as ridiculous as all those photos are, I was still a Rupp fan until just recently.  His last two technical fouls were just so outrageous I had to jump on the Rupp-hating bandwagon. Here’s what he did:

Pre-Classic 10k

Rupp pulled out of what could have been an epic battle against Chris Solinsky in the 10k due to “High Pollen Levels”.  Dude, you’ve lived in Oregon YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. Man up.  Pete Sampras played through the flu, puked on the court on the 5th set and still won. Tiger Woods won the 2008 US Open with a torn ACL and a broken leg.  Jordan scored 38 points in an NBA final game with the flu, etc., etc.  And Galen pulled out because the pollen count was too high… *Facepalm*

USA Track and Field National Championships 2011 (yesterday)

Yesterday morning various running sites were getting us all excited about another potential Solinsky vs. Rupp showdown.  Come racetime, Solinsky was nowhere to be found (but interestingly enough, Teg was in the race).  When the camera panned across the competitors on the starting line I lost it when they showed Rupp.


What the hell dude?


Apparently the race once again was not Rupp-Certified.  Yet he had no choice but to run or he’d forfeit a trip to World’s.  So he decided to race ~6000m of the race wearing a paintball mask.  Or maybe it was Hannibal Lector’s mask. I don’t know, I do know that something about his face just made me want to hit it.



Rupp just makes it too easy to dislike him.  Wish he could be more ‘edgy’ and ‘cool’ like Solinsky and Dathan, or ‘nice’ like Lagat.
Is this why America doesn’t care about distance running?
Should Galen do something crazy like make a sex tape or beat his girlfriend to get more people to like Track and Field?
Will Galen ever look like he’s older than 16?

Hope I can like you again bro, you could be our great white hope.


17 Responses to “The Infamous Galen Rupp”

  1. Cameron Foreman June 25, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    Hahaha this is a spot on post about galen. I too still liked Rupp despite the cryogenic freezer recovery, altitude tent, alter-g treadmill stuff… but these last two instances have driven me crazy. I completely agree with you and also can’t understand why he’s having these problems in an area that he’s lived his entire life. Maybe AlSal is filling his head with nonsense and making him a hypochondriac, or maybe he’s just dying to be different. Whatever it is I don’t like it and wish he could just earn success the old fashion way and not try and manipulate technology so much. Just my 2 cents. Anyways great post and I love the pictures.

    – Cameron Foreman

    • John J Roth June 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

      Galen Rupp is an authentic person and happens to be a great runner. He is personable, expressive, diligent, and he is learning well how to put running as subordinate to more important considerations in his life. So, if he has allergies, he is smart in valuing what to do with them, not arrogantly stupid. If he is happy with a race, he rejoices fully ~ isn’t that that real men do…

      Alberto S mentors well and far beyond just producing perfect mechanics ~ he knows the mind and spirit of a human must be engaged with the body ~ Galen Rupp is the evidence of that mentoring. So, I’m not going to be picky and require Galen to be someone else. I don’t want to be jealous either and show it by being critical of the man. He is a great guy, a noble person. By the way, who is Peter Pan, another Salazar student?

  2. Arthur Pratt June 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Galen, Critics will always sit on the sidelines of life and mock the successful of life. Sometimes they are jealous people. Sometimes they are just the comedians of life collecting a series of awkward moment photos. [I am sure glad people don’t take photos of all my funny moments.] Sometimes the critics are just negative/cynical people. God only knows the critics true intent. You, however, I know as a true success. You were the U.S. High School Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year. You were the U.S. University Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year. You presently are the U.S. Male 10,000 meter Champion! You have a courageous faith, a wonderful family, a gorgeous/sweet wife, an outstanding coach, and a happy life. You train hard and care for yourself. Out of this gruesome preparation you can courageously dominant most races. Long live what you are doing. You are kind and free – free to be yourself. Your life and your eternity are wonderful and promising. I am proud of you, all that you are, and all your outstanding accomplishments.
    Arthur Pratt, Bend, Oregon

    • TrackFan June 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

      It is funny that people take a comedic blog so seriously. You can’t deny that if you see a picture of Galen’s face, he looks like a 14 yr old boy. Much like a boy who never grew up – Peter Pan. Lighten up! Nobody can deny that Galen is a very talented runner – and I don’t think the auther dissed his running ability at all. He pointed out that Galen pulled from a race due to high pollen count and then wore that mask. C’mon! Really? Man up Galen – get some allergy shots or something. I personally would have probably called him a princess – a talented one, but still – he is a professional athlete for goodness sakes! Can you imagine if Brett Farve didn’t show to a game because it was drizzling or the pollen count was too high? Part of distance running is dealing with the elements.

  3. eatrunswag June 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Hey all,
    I went to make a new blog post today and I discovered I had 800 VIEWS. Normally I average about 50 a day. So:
    A.) Can somebody tell me where all 800 of you saw my blog posted??
    B.) I’d like to point out that I do not mean to offend anybody. This blog is generally written with a comedic tone. It’s my style of writing. I am not apologizing however, I’m quite proud of my posts.

    If y’all like the style I guess I should do a few more running blogs!


    • Dan July 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

      It was posted at runnersworld in like 3 different threads and everyone loved it.Keep it up!

  4. George February 14, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    Hah okay stop baggin on Rupp because you don’t have a chance in hell of ever coming close to his level.
    Maybe if you spend as much time training as you did on this post you would come a bit closer, but still too far away to count.

    • eatrunswag February 14, 2012 at 4:41 am #

      It’s a humor blog you twat. Learn how to take a joke or don’t read it, nobody is forcing you.

      Love always,

      EatRunSwag ❤

      • Sam February 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

        You sir, are the man. This is hilarious and spot on. To anyone taking offense, chill. Who are you Galen’s mom? No doubt Rupp is an exceptional runner and a good guy, but seriously he makes it a little too easy to pick on him. And another note, I realllyyyy doubt that Rupp cares what any of us think. He’s got mad medals and an alter-g treadmill to keep him company. However, hopefully in the future he somehow cranks up his swag-meter and represents American distance running with more than just fast times. Until then in my eyes and those of many others, he’s a goofball with wheels.

        And let’s keep in mind this is supposed to be HUMOROUS.

      • Barkman June 5, 2012 at 8:50 am #

        My admiration and respect for Rupp has grown over the years as we’ve seen him go from strength to strength and continuously improve under Al Sal but I still have a bitter taste in my mouth concerning the 2008 5k Trials where he dogged the last round and effectively bumped out others on the list below him. True, the Trials are not a “charity event” but if you’re going to advance, then at least have the balls and integrity to complete the event and take it seriously and not just use it as a training run! The rules this time around should be tougher and more explicit in that you must complete the event you qualify for, if in good health and if you do drop out, then the next guy on the list gets to step up and slot into your empty place!

  5. MareeHJ June 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I haven’t read all the comments above, but I must say that as someone who grew up in OR (both in Portland, Salem, and would visit Eugene a lot), the pollen REALLY SUCKS ASS down there. I grew up running distance and would get hay fever induced asthma sometimes even. The Willamette Valley (“the valley”) is the grass seed capital of the world, aka the worst nightmare of someone with pollen allergies.

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