After 12 years of professional running, Bowerman Track Club steeplechase veteran Dan Huling, has announced his retirement from professional running.
Dan retires as one of the country’s longest-running and most-accomplished steeplechasers. Between 2006 and 2017, he made four global outdoor track teams, finishing a career high fifth at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
"[2015 World Championships in] Beijing was probably my proudest moment of my career. It felt satisfying to finally put something together after eight years of pro running that I thought I had been capable of for some time.”
Dan began his professional career in 2006 after graduating from Miami University of Ohio and immediately elevated himself to the top of the national scene with a third-place finish in the steeplechase at the 2006 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. What followed was a string of national podium finishes, claiming a top three spot seven times in his 12-year career, including a US Championship title in 2010. Dan retires with personal bests of 3:37.53 (1500), 3:57.99 (Mile), 8:13.29 (3000SC), and 13:18.42 (5000).
"My entire career I worked as hard as I could to be the best I could. The steeple morphed quite a bit from when I started to when I finished, so to be top 3, to be expected to make each team for so long is kind of cool. I'm extremely proud of my record at USA's and how I hung in after [missing the Olympic Team in] 2012, which was pretty devastating for me."
Since 2013, Dan has been a member of the Bowerman Track Club, providing a veteran voice and experience to the team that included fellow steeplechasers Evan Jager, Matt Hughes and former BTC member Andy Bayer.
“Being part of the Bowerman Track Club was an unforgettable experience. I'll be forever grateful to Nike for giving me an opportunity to represent the best professional club in the world. The guys on the team are truly some of my best friends, and the camaraderie and rapport we have is something special. I don't miss racing or training at all, but "running with the guys" is something I think about almost every day and I miss it a lot.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Jager,
“Dan was an incredible teammate to have for the last 5 years. He joined the group and was able to have an immediate impact on my steeple career. Dan and I did almost every bit of training together and there was never a dull moment spent with him and I think every other BTC member would attest to that. At the end of the day, I wanted Dan to have success in the sport just as badly as I wanted to be successful and I think that says a lot about Dan's character. He is most definitely missed during the day to day grind.”
In his retirement, Dan looks forward to navigating the conventional 9 to 5 at his new career and spending more time at home in Portland, Ore. with his wife Kelly and their two young sons, Miller (3) and Adrian (6 mo.).
"The best thing about retirement is going to be spending time with Kelly, Miller and Adrian. Kelly put up with a lot for 12 years, especially in 2015 taking care of Miller while I was barely ever in Portland. I look forward to doing activities in which I'll have an over 60% chance of tearing my ACL."