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By Jeff Benjamin
 
Keith Brantly was one of our sports most iconic athletes in North America. He battled hard, and long in our sport, and finished 4th twice in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Trials marathons. He finally made the team in 1996 Olympic Trials marathon. His piece below is a thoughtful remembrance of the man who had much influence in over Brantly's career.
 
If there was an American runner truly devoted to the training theories and encouragement from the late Dr. David Martin, then Keith Brantly definitely fits the bill.
 
One of the nation's top runners during a 20 year span over more than 2 decades, the 1996 U.S. Olympic marathoner didn't just consider Dr. Martin a consultant, but as something more.
 
Here are Brantley's reminiscences of his most valued mentor.
 
"This is a snapshot of a small part of Dr. David Martin's life and our time together. I use the terms "snapshot" and "small part" because my time with Dr. Dave was just a moment in time for him. I'm very certain and I recognize the stories of several hundred other athletes, coaches, colleagues and friends who interacted with Dr. Dave could fill a several-thousand-page journal. I only believe my story is unique because he was my coach, and he always made me feel that, to him, I was the most important person on earth.
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