Bob Kennedy, one of the most decorated American distance runners in recent history, has joined the PUMA running team as Performance Running Advisor. As part of this new relationship with PUMA, Bob Kennedy will help contribute to the running category growth in all aspects including product, sales and marketing. Kennedy, who retired from the professional running world earlier this year, will offer insight and expertise not only from his professional running experiences, but also from his knowledge as a running specialty retailer.
As part of this three-year partnership, Kennedy will work closely with PUMA’s product and sales team, providing feedback on key footwear, apparel and accessory styles. Kennedy will also take on an active role at retail, sales and consumer events and appearances across the country. He’ll also assist with marketing and public relations efforts to help grow the Complete Running division and represent the PUMA brand in all appearances.
Bob Kennedy is arguably one of the most well-known and well-respected U.S. distance runners of the modern era. While in college at Indiana University, Bob held several NCAA cross country and long distance titles. His passion for running began in high school where he claimed the title of champion in the 1987 National High School Cross Country race and 1988 National High School Mile. He is an American record holder in multiple events, two-time Olympian, many time NCAA champion, and the only American to break the 13-minute barrier in the 5000 meters. At the age of 35, Kennedy has now retired from his professional running career to take on new horizons in the industry not only with PUMA but also as the co-owner of The Running Company, a running specialty store with three locations in Indianapolis. Bob is known as an aggressive and smart competitor as well as a role model for aspiring athletes. With Olympic experience, American records, a successful business, and 16-month old twins, there is not a lot left for Bob to conquer. However, he does not see it that way.
Bob currently resides in Indianapolis, IN where he lives with his wife Melina and two children Marcus and Sophia.
* Officially retired from competition January 2006
* American Record Holder at 3000 meters – 7:30.89
* American Record Holder at 5000 meters – 12:58.21
* 1996 Olympian at 5000 meters – 6th place
* 1992 Olympian at 5000 meters – 12th place
* Won 20 Individual Big Ten Championships at Indiana University
* 1992 NCAA Cross Country Champion at Indiana University
* 1991 NCAA One Mile run Champion at Indiana University
* 1990 NCAA 1500 meter run Champion at Indiana University
* 1988 NCAA Cross Country Champion at Indiana University
* 1988 National High School One Mile Run Champion
* 1987 National High School Cross Country Champion