Ben Flanagan of Kitchener, Ont., finished the NCAA 10,000m final and immediately asked, “Where’s my mom?”
Flanagan won the 10,000m at the NCAA Championships earlier this month. His come-from-behind victory shocked and excited spectators, including TCS New York City Marathon champion, Shalane Flanagan.
I love this kid. Finishes race of his life and says “where’s my mom?” https://t.co/fk7g8gk3in
— Shalane Flanagan (@ShalaneFlanagan) June 7, 2018
The biggest takeaway from Flanagan’s victory hasn’t been the victory itself, but rather, his reaction afterwards. Track fans enjoyed his post-race celebration so much that #wheresmymom was created. On Wednesday, the Ann Arbor Running Company launched their #wheresmymom stickers in celebration of Flanagan’s win and his post-race reaction. Stickers are free with purchase while supplies last.
The stickers are currently only available in-store, but you can direct message Ann Arbor Running Company for details on how to get one.
— Ann Arbor Running Co (@annarbor_rc) June 27, 2018
Flanagan said that he loves when his mom, Michelle, comes out to watch. “She gets so nervous, but it was so awesome to deliver on the day. It was a pretty special day for her.”
Flanagan is coming home to Canada next weekend for the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Ottawa. He currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is pursuing a dual master’s degree in social work and information science.