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Haile takes journey to become a top runner

Updated: April 21, 2009, 11:02 AM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPN RISE Magazine

Dan Reeks couldn't believe what he was seeing.

It was only a couple hours before the 3,000-meter race at last year's Penn Relays, and Reeks' star distance runner, Solomon Haile, was sleeping under a tree. Haile (pronounced hi-LAY) was set to compete in the event, but with some time to kill, he decided to sneak in a nap.

Nothing to worry about: Haile woke up in time and placed second. Reeks has gotten used to Haile's penchant for sleeping before races. In fact, Haile now asks ...

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