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Emma Coburn gets a pre-race pump up from Cheer’s Jerry Harris

Cheer's Harris gave every runner their new mid-race motto

Cheer is the Netflix docuseries that’s on the top of many people’s recently watched, including 2017 steeplechase world champion Emma Coburn. Ahead of her 2-mile race in Boston on Saturday at the New Balance Grand Prix, the runner received a video message from Cheer’s Jerry Harris. Coburn jokes that Harris gave her a new motto: “Whack, whack, move those legs–and land on your feet, baby.” Coburn is the second-fastest American steeplechaser of all time.


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Coburn finished third in her race, in 9:32.81. Saturday was her only race of the indoor reason. Elle Purrier was the winner in 9:29.17 with Dom Scott taking second place in 9:31.38.

Harris is a pro at what the cheerleaders call ‘mat talk’–giving your teammates encouragement mid-practice, something all runners should adopt. We could call it track talk. Harris even gave Ellen some mat talk this past week on her show.

Canadian results from the NB Grand Prix

There were several Canadians racing in Boston on Saturday who had strong results.  Jessica O’Connell was fourth in 2-mile in 9:36.79 which is a new unofficial Canadian record, Mariah Kelly ran a 1,500m indoor personal best of 4:10.01 and Lindsey Butterworth was seventh in the 1,500m in 4:14.82. Ben Flanagan was fourth in the 3,000m in 7:56:02, just seconds off of World Championship indoor standard. 

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