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Game On Feature: Clark Zealand

September 22, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game On recently featured Dr. Clark Zealand, a former Liberty men's cross country/track & field runner and assistant coach. Currently serving as the graduate director of Liberty's sport management program, Zealand also competes in and directs numerous ultramarathons and local road races each year.

Sponsored by Patagonia, Zealand has clocked a personal-best time of 6:06 for the 50-mile trail run and placed third in the 2001 USA 50-Mile Trail Championship. He currently serves as the race director for a handful of well-known races, including the Terrapin Mountain 50k and Half-Marathon, Grindstone 100 and Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run.

Zealand works with the Run for a Reason organization in which he created and directs an annual race called Coleman's Run. Coleman's Run is a 5k benefit race for autism awareness. This race is named after Zealand's son, Coleman, who was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. The purpose of the race is to offer hope to parents of autistic children and encourage them to seek out the full potential of their child.

Zealand competed on Liberty's men's cross country and track & field teams from 1993-96. One of his career highlights came at the 1994 Big South Cross Country Championships in Hunt Valley, Md., where Zealand placed fifth overall, helping the Flames win their third conference title. He went on to serve as Liberty's assistant cross country/track & field coach for six years, following his graduation in 1996.