Updike PRs by 18 seconds in 5K, places fifth at Oregon Relays

April 16, 2016

Isaac Updike Track and FieldIsaac Updike of Ketchikan might not consider himself to be a professional runner, even though he trains like one and looked like one at the Oregon Relays.

The 2015 Eastern Oregon University graduate and former NAIA national champion in the steeplechase shattered his personal record by 18 seconds in the 5K race with a time of 13 minutes, 59.35 seconds to place fifth at the Oregon Relays.

“My goal going in was to be sub-14, so I got that goal by the skin of my teeth,” he told me. “I had hoped I was closer to 13:50, but it is still a great stepping stone and big PR to start out the season.”

Isaac and his brother Lucas, of Ketchikan High fame, moved to Eugene, Oregon, to train with Team Run Eugene, a group of athletes with ambitious goals to get better in road races and track and field.

“As for being a professional, I don’t consider myself one yet,” Updike said. “I would say more like semi-professional as of now. I feel that I cannot call myself a professional until I am not working and getting an income.”

His real job is working part-time in the shoe department at Dick’s Sporting Goods. He spends most of time training under the guidance of Team Run Eugene coach Ian Dobson.

“He has created something special in Eugene,” Updike said. “Everyone is dedicated and focused, which is great to feed off of on those days that you yourself are having a tough time finding motivation.

“On top of that, having teammates that are professional and fast gives me an opportunity to watch and train with them, and learn how I can get to the level they are at.”