84-year-old running coach is honored

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KUSA - He comes to practice well prepared and he's adored by every kid he coaches.

"He means the world to me, he's just kind of made me who I am," said Anna Hall who has been running with her current coach for the last eight years. "He's just always there. He's always got stories. He can make you laugh when he needs to and he's always there to give you that extra push."

"He" is 84 year old Gene Kamrass, a former national running champion.

"I guess the best I've ever done was when I was 41 years old and I won the National Senior, that's 40 and over, championships in the 440 yard dash and I broke the world's record," Kamrass said.

He's also a long time coach to all his friends.

"I just love coaching and I love coaching kids. These kids are all my friends. They really are."

For the last decade, Gene has coached the Zoom club team and once a week they run the Bluffs in Lone Tree. It's a great venue for hills and repeats, but it's not so easy on aging limbs. Which is why his runners recently honored Coach Gene with his very own bench, complete with a nameplate.

"This bench is perfect for me because I just don't have the endurance that I used to have," Gene said. "But sitting on this bench is perfect."

Which means he can continue doing what he loves as he gets older.

"I've got prostate cancer," Kamrass said. "I have problems with my heart. I have a pacemaker. So really, there's not much else I can do. I still can coach and I hope I can coach for many years to come and it means everything to me."

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