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November 30, 2013

Running in his genes

Carleo follows in father's footsteps in cross-country

NEWBURYPORT – Call it an inherited gift from his father. Or, call it the will to win. Whatever you call it, Nick Carleo has what it takes to exceed expectations and further cement himself as one of the best runners in Massachusetts.

When asked to think of an accomplishment from this cross-country season other than winning the All-State Championship, Nick Carleo hesitated.

“An accomplishment ... other than winning All-State?” he asked.

After a brief pause, Carleo remembered that he set an all-time course record at Maudslay State Park in mid-September. His record-setting season and cementing his spot as Massachusetts best high school cross-country runner in 2013 evidently allowed for a course record to slip his mind.

Carleo is the son of Tom Carleo, the current Vice President of Running and Outdoor at New Balance. Other than working in the running industry, Tom also enjoyed a largely successful career as a competitor that peaked when he ran in the 1,500-meter race in the 1988 Olympic Trials.

Tom’s life in running, both present and past, has allowed him to bond on a different level with his son.

“I think the biggest thing is that it gives us something in common to talk about at home,” Tom said. “Over the years, I would bring him to elite meets in Boston. When he was a kid he used to want to go home or go to McDonald’s or something, but over time he grew a very general understanding for running at the elite level.”

Nick also had the ability to witness track and field events at the recent Olympic Games in London. Tom was at the event conducting business, and brought his family with him to make a vacation out of it. As a result of all his exposure, Nick knows that he owes much of his passion about the sport to his father.

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