Donn Cabral

Birthday: December 12, 1989

Hometown: Glastonbury, CT

College: Princeton University

Personal Best: Mile-3:56.41, 2000m-5:00.18, 3000m Steeplechase-8:13.37, 5000m-13:22.19

Notable Accomplishments:

2016 & 2012 Olympic Finalist, 3000mSC

World Championship Finalist, 3000mSC

2012 NCAA Champion, 3000mSC

Favorite Shoe: HOKA ONE ONE® Clifton 3

Why NJNYTC? Born and raised in Connecticut and educated in New Jersey, I have deep roots in the northeast. When I learned of Coach Gags' history of success I saw an opportunity to continue to improve while training somewhere that felt like home. Like an arranged marriage, I've grown to love my situation for many reasons, but it still feels like home with the club.

Greatest Strength: Grinding. Meaning surviving long periods of time with intense training, or sticking with it even when things aren't going well. I don't think I could've made the 2016 Olympic Team without my ability to grind mid-race.

Greatest Weakness: Natural speed. If I don't use it, I lose it! 

Favorite Gags Quote: "When I first saw you race, I thought, "Here's a young hammer thrower that could be really good if he lost some weight."

Role Model: John Cabral and Deb Hadaway, my parents

Hobbies: Law school. (Previously: Reading, trying to learn foreign languages, ping-pong, and volleyball.)

Running Idiosyncrasy: I refuse to end a rep during practice on a turn. The last piece of every interval should be on a straightaway!

One Run With Anyone: I'd love the opportunity to run with Rudyard Kipling. I hear he was a 4:30 miler - so we could really get a good pace going - and I'd love to hear him discuss, among other things, what inspired his poem "If" which is excerpted in the beginning of "Once A Runner".