This Mississippi runner isn’t always looking for speed.

Courtesy of Cory Ann McGee

“The only thing I do fast is run,” says professional track star and middle-distance runner Cory Ann McGee with a laugh. A native of Pass Christian, Mississippi, the athlete learned at an early age that she had a knack for the sport. “When I was 8 or 9 years old, I’d run on the beach with my dad. We’d go from one pier to the next, and my grandpa would wait at the end with a soda or ice cream.”

 

And McGee’s finish line rewards have only grown sweeter in recent years: The University of Florida alumna has medaled in national track- and-field events twice and represented Team USA in two world championships.

 

“Every time I race or do a tough workout, I’m not necessarily motivated by how fast can I be but or what will my best time be,” she says. “At the end of the day, what keeps me really focused and engaged and working hard is the potential to make Team USA. You’re representing the U.S., but you’re also representing where you’re from, and your family, and your college. That’s what running for Team USA means to me.”

 

These days, McGee lives in Boston (the city is home to New Balance, the athletic company that sponsors her), but for the runner, Pass Christian, Mississippi, will always be home.

 

“Boston is a really amazing city, and it’s so charming, but life here is more complicated,” she says. “Pass Christian, and I think most towns in the South, are slower-paced. I like that it’s simple. I like that there are more churches than stoplights in my hometown. Time goes by slower there, and I miss that.”

 

McGee’s Favorite Kicks

When she’s not racing around the track, the athlete loves slipping on New Balance's 247 Classic shoe to run around town. Shop the sunny sneaks here.

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Courtesy of New Balance

Follow McGee's every stride on Instagram @corymcgeeruns.