Dobson hired to be Tigers’ new cross-country coach


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Some people jog a few times around the block, head to the gym, maybe drop to the ground and pump out pushups to stay in shape.

Kim Dobson decided to run in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston in January.

“Just to run it and stay healthy,” she said.

And now the 28-year-old Arapahoe High School graduate will take her love of running to Grand Junction High School.

She is the Tigers’ new cross-country coach, Grand Junction Athletic Director Ned Pollert announced Tuesday.

Dobson did not qualify for the Olympics, by the way. Then again, she would have had to finish among the top three in a field of 180.

“So, making the Olympics wasn’t my goal,” Dobson said.

Lately, her goal has been trying to find a cross-country coaching position.

“Coaching cross country has always been a dream of mine,” Dobson said. “I’ve been a runner all my life. I was so excited to see the position open.”

What helped Dobson land the job was Pollert, during the final years of coaching the Tigers cross-country team from 1982–2002, knew Dobson’s cross-country coach at Arapahoe, Morris Vogel.

“(Vogel) ran a really good program for years, so (Kim) was part of a good, strong high school tradition,” Pollert said. “Looking at her resume, she’s just been in a lot of races where she’s run marathons, half-marathons, where she’s been the first female finisher for all age divisions.”

Dobson attended Colorado State University and graduated in 2006 with an Early Childhood Teacher Licensure.

She had been a second-grade teacher at Fletcher Primary School in Aurora the past four years.

Although she had run road races, Dobson considers herself a mountain runner.

And she said she knows what she’ll need to teach young Tigers runners.

“One thing I’ve learned is there’s always someone better than you in the world,” Dobson said. “If the only reason you run is to be the best in the world, then you’re probably going to be disappointed.”


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