Joe Newton

joe newton
Pre-Race Pasta Dinner, Movie and Q & A with legendary coach Joe Newton
presented by RACE STL

THE DINNER: You know you're going to eat pasta the night before the race. Might as well eat it with 400 fellow running fans! Doors open at 6pm with a buffet style dinner beginning at 6:15. Saint Louis University High School will be hosting and you can click on our WEEKEND FAN'S GUIDE to view directions and details. Find a map of Saint Louis University High School HERE

THE MOVIE: The Long Green Line is wonderful documentary film that follows the York High School boys cross country team through their 2005 season as they attempt to win their 25th Illinois State Cross Country Championship. We guarantee you'll be pumped up after watching the highs and lows these boys go through and after hearing some of the motivational speeches in the fim from coach Joe Newton. WATCH THE TRAILER

THE Q & A:
How cool would it be to watch a movie and then have the stars walk out from behind the screen and answer your questions about the film. That's exactly what you'll get to do! See below for bios on Coach Joe Newton and Coach Charlie Kern.

Joe Newton: Mr. Newton is undoutdedly the most decorated high school distance coach in American history. With 29 Illinois State Cross Country Titles (28 cross country and one track) he has coached some of the best teams the sport has ever seen. His 2000 team went one, five, six, eight, twelve at the State Meet for a stunningly low score of 24 points. Newton called that team, "probably the greatest team in the history of Illinois." They very well may have been one of the greatest teams in the history of the United States. His prowess as a high school coach even earned him a spot of the U.S. Olympic team coaching staff in 1988. He also worked with the great British miler Sebastian Coe before the 1984 Olympics where Coe won the 1500 meters. Coe said of his time with Newton, "I think Joe was an inseparable part of my 1984 Olympic win in Los Angeles."

Charlie Kern: Coach Kern was the assistant coach at York High School at the time the Long Green Line was filmed. He has since gone on to found CK Running where he puts his motto, changing lives one mile at a time, into action. From his six week summer camp for 5th-12th graders to his work with elite runners and triathletes, Kern is a coach in every sense of the word. He continues to be involved with the York program, coaching the boys in the offseason, and recently helped lead them to their ninth straight trip to Nike Cross Nationals. 

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