Win or lose at the Olympics, Emily Infeld knows she’ll at least get a call from the mayor.
It’s her mom.
The distance runner is from University Heights, Ohio _ outside of Cleveland _ and her mother, Susan, has spent nearly 20 years serving on the city council and, currently, as mayor.
“I think she likes the small-town politics, and mainly trying to help improve the city,” said Infeld, who will run in the 10,000 meters in Rio and made her way through the first round of 5K qualifying Thursday. “She’s into building parks, helping out the schools system. She’s very passionate about that.”
In addition to being civic minded, Infeld’s mom, and dad, were very into keeping their children on the move when they were kids.
The 26-year-old Infeld, who nudged out American teammate Molly Huddle at the line for the bronze medal at world championships last year, said her folks have run marathons together and her dad is a veteran of 10 ultramarathons.
“My dad required us to do a sport every single season growing up,” she said. “So, I did a hodgepodge of tennis, volleyball, swimming, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, Irish dancing. Absoultely everything. And I loved running, so here I am.”