By Hunter King / CityStyle Editor
As the day was warming up, Team USA was warming down after their 9 a.m. workout on the Veterans Stadium track at LAC on Tuesday, March 23.
Kind Butler III, 25, and his teammates train here every morning, Monday through Friday, in preparation for the upcoming 2015 World Championship being held in Beijing, China August 22-30. Of the athletes who will compete, most of them live and train in Florida, Texas and Southern California.
“This is more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle,” Butler said, “We can’t party or lose our focus because just one step could cost us the championship.” He’s focusing on improving his 200-meter sprint to 18.9 seconds. He says he’s real close to making his goal.
Previous to joining Team USA, Butler attended Indiana University where was on the Track and field team and ran in various sprints and relays. As a sophomore, he clocked a time of 21.88 seconds in the 200-meters at the outdoor Tyson Invite and earned two Big Ten medals at the event.
Butler attended the 2013 World Championship as a sprinter among seven other athletes. The International Association of Athletics Federation sponsor the World Championship every two years making this his second.
In March 2014, Butler and Team USA took the record for fastest 1,600-meter relay at 3 minutes and 2.13 seconds in indoor Track.
“The mental part of it is just as important as the physical training,” Butler said. The Jamaican team is his primary worry, although Team USA is competitive.
Butler said, “It’s tough, but at the end of the day, we get paid to run in circles.”