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Jon Rankin

Jon Rankin | Track and Field Performance Coach

On April 9, 2005, I became the 17th African American in history to run a sub 4-minute mile. After graduating from UCLA, I was sponsored by Nike and trained and raced in the US and Europe in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, eventually earning an alternate spot in the 1500 meters.

After the Olympic Games, a kidney biopsy revealed a terminal disease known as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS. Following this diagnosis, I retired from the
sport I love to dedicate myself to battling FSGS and taking care of my family.

After receiving an experimental stem cell surgery that reversed my kidney disease in 2011, I vowed never to take for granted what time I still have left to live my dream of inspiring others to get the most out of their life as a motivational speaker and with the help of inspirational apparel by his company Go Be More.