Drake Relays Announcer – Mike Jay and His Way of Paying It Forward
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December 15, 2018
I could’ve sat all afternoon and listened to Mike’s captivating voice and his unique stories! Phenomenal stories collected from years of being a high school track and field and cross country coach at Columbus Junction, as well as the lead announcer for 16 years at the Drake Relays, and having a massive Iowa running culture presence. In fact, Mike told me about his evolution from his time as a runner at Columbus Junction running under Coach Purdy and the irony of how he eventually came to coaching alongside Purdy and evolving into now having 16 years of being our Iowa Drake Relays announcer. What might impress you the most is that Mike still remains a humble and gracious man, who still has a huge heart and undying passion for all things running. Not only does it seem that he’s dedicated his life up to this point to keeping the fire burning for other runners, but hasn’t come up shy for new ways to pay it forward. Humble Roots Mike’s stories are genuine and telltale supportive of his humble upbringing and the…