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Ben True gives up cross-country skiing, is now one of the top U.S. runners

Ben True is one of the best runners in the U.S. but it wasn't until he quit the sport completely that he realized his passion for the sport.

Ben True

Ben True

Running is a love-hate relationship for New Hampshire resident Ben True.

Throughout high school and college, True competed in both cross-country skiing and running representing Dartmouth at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships, the NCAA Track and Field Championships and the NCAA Skiing Championships. All three competitions are the highest level in U.S. collegiate sports.

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“In college I split my time between running and cross-country skiing because skiing was my passion and I ran because people said I was good,” says True.

After he attained his goal of breaking four minutes in the mile, True turned to skiing. At that time, he continued to do daily runs of 10-15 minutes.

It was only when True, a native of Maine, stepped away from the sport that he realized how much he connected with running. He trains on his own and does much of his training based on feel rather than abiding to a strict plan.

Now based in Hanover, N.H., True holds the American record in the road 5K (13:22), won a team silver medal with the U.S. at the 2013 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships (top American), and competed this past summer at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.

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True has already qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials thanks to strong performances in 2015.

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal was featured on the previous video in Saucony’s series admitting that one of his main motives to run is to justify eating junk food and cake.

Saucony’s “Seeker Stories” are part of a video series that profiles a featured runner whether they’re professional (like True) or someone that runs to stay in shape (like Inman).

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Ben is married to triathlete Sarah True, a 2012 Olympian who finished fourth in the three-discipline event.