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Marathon legend teaches young runners to go the distance in life

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The running bug caught up with New Orleans native, Frank Trammel at a young age when he often watched the Tulane track team train near his home.

At John F. Kennedy High School, the 5'-3 1/2", roughly 120 lb kid excelled. He won the state cross country title his senior year. His running times were phenomenal for the two mile and one mile races according to Frank:

"I ran 8:19 and 4:19!"

His success helped him earn a scholarship to Northwestern State University where he won 11 Gulf Coast Cross Country Indoor/Outdoor titles and was an All American 4 times.

Frank and two other runners set records as NSU Demons that have yet to be broken:

"I was real fortunate, I got in with guys who went to the Northwestern Hall of Fame...Neil Gatson, Randy Moore...Us three were kinda the back bone of building a cross country power house and many of those records still stand...the ten thousand, the five thousand, distance medley, two mile relay...on and on are still standing at northwestern" according to Trammel.

While coaching at NSU and later at Louisiana Tech, Frank's competitive fire continued to glow. He gave marathoning a whirl. His first was the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Marathon where he actually won it in 2:25.

Over the years, frank ran 51 more marathons winning at least 20 of them!

These running successes brought an opportunity of a lifetime to Frank. Team Adidas came along offering a job to run for a living!  With Adidas, Frank teamed up with some of running's elite at the time like:  Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter and 4 time Boston Marathon Champion Bill Rogers. 

During this period, Frank made the Olympic Trials in the marathon twice.

But, running the Boston Marathon ended up with a trip to the hospital according to Frank:

"Getting to the four mile mark, I'm in the lead group there are about 12 of us I'm in the inside and you know they got people everywhere and the camera man...ABC camera man steps inside and I run slap into him and his camera...He went down...Couple other runners went down...Of course they took me to the hospital."

Here are some of Frank Trammel's best race times:  Marathon:  2:16:37, Half Marathon:  1:02:55, 10K:  28:47, 5K:  13:51 and the mile:  4:04!

Frank's running days were fun.  But, he missed a lot of family time. Not long after his Adidas contract was up, Frank settled down into full time coaching of high school runners.

His first high school stint was at Quitman, Louisiana where he piled up 13 state running titles!

Next and Frank's last stop was Benton High School.  He has three state running titles there!

Frank's latest crop of runners are looking ready for state which comes the middle of next month. They pretty much stole the show last weekend at Cypress Black Bayou by winning their meet overall. In fact, Benton girls took three out of the top five spots individually and the boys had the first four.

The running part of Franks life used to mean almost everything to him. Trophies and plaques covered the walls of his house.

These days teaching and his family get most of Frank's attention now. The only trophies that sit on the fire place mantle are the ones his grand kids earn.

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