Episode 214: Obsie Birru

Obsie Birru just placed second at CIM running a 5 minute PR in a time of 2:30:30 just a couple months after running a 1 minute PR at the Twin Cities Marathon.

Obsie is Ethiopian born and moved to the United States at 12 where she grew up in Iowa. She ran for Grandview University and went to run with the NE Distance group post college.

Obsie works full time as an academic advisor, is pursing her masters degree and runs at a very high level- as you can see from her performances this fall! She has a contagious positive attitude about running, life and pursing dreams with a healthy balance. Make sure to look for Obsie to cheer her on at the marathon trials in February!

Photo Cred: Doug Wells

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  2. Cathal Oakes

    Hi Lindsey,
    I listened to the podcast while doing a treadmill workout at a small little airport in the northwest of Ireland. I am a 47 yr old coastguard helicopter pilot and a 3:00:27 marathoner with Rotterdam booked to finally nail sub 3!
    I have spent a good bit of time volunteering in Ethiopia and so particularly loved this episode.
    Standout line was when Obsie talked about looking up to those who lift others up…rather than those who just run fast. (I hope I do that… we do a bit of it with the helicopter :-))
    Love the podcasts… it’s my way of keeping myself surrounded by positive and other driven runners.
    Happy Christmas!

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