Posted 07/23/12

Kim Conley: Sacramento, California

Kim Conley: Sacramento, California
Kim Conley Makes Team USA/Article: Susan Bailey

Kim Conley’s coach in Sacramento told her “do something heroic” at the end of her US Olympic Track and Field Trials, and she did. When his words echoed in Kim’s head during her final lap, she charged out of fifth place into third--covering an estimated 35 meters to catch Julia Lucas inside the final two feet of the race. Her heroic effort earned the runner a place on Team USA at the London Olympics by a mere two-tenths of a second. “I couldn’t give up on the dream,” Conley told a television reporter on the scene. The Olympics have been a long time dream for the Sacramento Running Association representative and University of California at Davis assistant distance running coach. One of the top distance runners in UC Davis history, Conley broke a 24-year 5000 meter record at the school, yet never went to the nationals during her college career. Intense training in Sacramento with coach Drew Wartenburg allowed Kim to take more than a minute off her 5000-meter time between 2008 and 2012--a remarkable accomplishment. As a first-time Olympic competitor in the 5000 meter run, Conley appears to have been correct in thinking that if she kept trying, she would indeed succeed.

For more information on Kim Conley, visit her blog TRACKim and be sure to follow the Olympian on Twitter too!

The Concierge Questionnaire: Kim Conley,  Olympic Runner

What is your favorite word to describe Sacramento? Quirky.

What word best reflects the people of Sacramento? Unassuming.

What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Sacramento? The State Capitol Building and the surrounding gardens seem to blend high degrees of creativity, spirit and emotion for Californians from all walks of life.

The State Capitol Building offers wonderful gardens and a museum too!

California State Capitol Museum:
10th and L Streets, State Capitol
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm

What is your favorite outdoor activity in Sacramento? Even though my job is to run professionally, I am also happy to say that I never tire of training on the American River Trail and American River Parkway.

What is your favorite indoor activity in Sacramento? That’s hard, who likes to be indoors?! The Crocker Art Museum is always a relaxing place to spend a few hours.

The Crocker Art Museum: 216 O Street
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm and Thursday 10am–9pm

What is your favorite sound or noise in Sacramento? There are some great spots where the current in the American River (running from the Sierra Nevada mountain range, through Sacramento) really gets moving and makes a soothing sound.

What is your favorite smell or taste in Sacramento? I love a good breakfast burrito after a Sunday long run.

What drink best reflects Sacramento? Anything brewed locally at a place like Rubicon or Hoppy Brewing.

Both Rubicon Brewing Company and Hoppy Brewing Company sell beer around town (and beyond), as well as have local pubs!

Rubicon Brewing Company: 2004 Capitol Avenue
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-11:30pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-12:30am and Sunday 11am-10pm

Hoppy Brewing Company: 6300 Folsom Boulevard
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11am-12am, Thursday-Friday 11am-1am, Saturday 10am-1am and Sunday 10am-12am

What song or type of music best reflects Sacramento? There is a pretty diverse musical scene here, but I am probably partial to an indie band like Cake-who got their start in Sacramento back in the 90s.

If Heaven were Sacramento, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Check your ego at the door.

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