Will Leer

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It's that time of the year again; DecaNation in Angers, France. The town is charming and inviting. An early evening stroll through the meandering streets brought our group of USA athletes down 103 steps for a different perspective of La Cathedral Saint-Maurice. These little adventures (with friends new and old) are part of what makes the European circuit so much fun.

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## WHEN ON THE CAPE ## This is how to properly celebrate the Falmouth Road Race! Fried shrimp, scallops, clam strips, and clam bellies. #thatsfine

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There's no better place to be at a wedding than the "kid's table" #hashtagseanryan #children #smiles

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Their love transformed them in to featherweight beings, able to float away with the breeze. Lighter than air; not a care in the world. With their friends and family in attendance vows were exchanged and promises made. It was the happiest day of their lives. #hashtagseanryan #wedding #gaywedding #seattle #ppxc4life

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Nothing makes taking the plunge easier than a group hug with your best bros. #hashtagseanryan #wedding #whidbeyisland

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Sometimes you just have to let your hair down and go with the flow. Photo cred: @crosbeard #hashtagseanryan #seattle #islandparty #whidbeyisland

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#tbt to that time we rented a house in #leuven that was built before the United States was a country. Dubbed "The Home For Wayward Runners" @aishapraught and I hosted 8 athletes for 8 different reasons: someone's accommodation fell through and needed a place to crash, someone even planned ahead to reserve a bed for the days leading in to a race, someone just wanted to save some money, another needed a bed for one night (they were just passing through...) and stayed for ten. (This town has that effect on people.) With every athlete came new memories that will be carried with us for the rest of our lives. These shared experiences are some of the things I love most about being a professional athlete. Tune in Saturday as many of this years @totalsportsus Leuven crew hit the #track at KBC Nacht (aka #Heusden) looking to crank some #fast times.

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Had great company on my warm down after the #MortonMile. These kids were so pumped to watch a thrilling night of track & field. With perfect weather, a great facility and spurred on by an enthusiastic crowd, 8 new stadium records were set and the fans went home happy. Is track dead? Absolutely not! #ireland #mortongames #mile #track

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Székesfehérvár by night. While the number one priority in Europe is performing on the track, forgetting to pause every once in a while to appreciate how beautiful some of the places this sport brings us would be a shame. Even though I did not have my best race yesterday I will remember this quaint Hungarian town with it's beautiful buildings, generous people, nice trails - everything a runner could ask for in a meet destination.

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Had the great pleasure of taking an evening stroll through the town of Szekesfehervar, Hungary. A hot (36 Celsius) Sunday night called for relaxation: ice cream cones, children playing in the fountains, the simple enjoyment of a cold drink. On July 8, this town will host the Gyulai István Memorial Athletics Meeting. I've already been privvy to a sneak peak of some of the competitors and the race to watch just might be the men's 110m hurdles featuring Ashton Eaton, Jason Richardson, Ryan Wilson, & Spencer Adams to name a few. The European season is getting in to full stride and this meet will surely not disappoint! Stay tuned for more updates.

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"We ride together. We die together." The #Leuven #crew after a mostly successful Memorial Leon Buyle meeting in Oordegem, Belgium. For some the rust was busted. For others It marked a new personal best. Either way, the magic of that track lives on. It'll see us again, orbiting ever faster. On to the rest of the Europe season!

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Another perfect day in our European summer base. Leuven teems with history and is especially quiet in the absence of the students. The population doubles during the months university is in session, leaving store windows closed and cafe seats empty in the summer. Architectural gems such as Sint-Pieterskerk (St. Peter's Church), however, are timeless and ubiquitous in our charming summer home. These are a few of the reasons we keep coming back to Leuven.

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What a match! 120 minutes of excitement. Tim Howard proved he is a mere mortal. Extremely proud of #USMNT and lucky to have had an epic backdrop to our viewing.

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The Oude Markt, Leuven's central square and one of my favorite places in the world to relax with a beer, was nearly uninhabited this afternoon as the first arrivals of the @totalsportsus crew rolled through in search of lunch. 17 hours of travel and the first of two 30 minute runs was a recipe for serious hunger. Devoid of the inebriated, fanatical football fans surely to occupy this peaceful space in a few hours time, we satisfied our basic need for fuel and prepared for the battle ahead: USA vs. Belgium. There were already weak attempts by the locals here in Leuven to stifle greatness of the red, white, and blue, but believe me we will be loud and proud from whistle to whistle. #ibelievewewillwin #worldcup #brazil2014

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Same same, but different. @nikerunning #boysinblue #USAoutdoors #leanandmean

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Before leaving for the Bahamas I had the great joy of taking an evening hike to catch a sunset from high in the Santa Monica Mountains. It truly is another world up there. Many thanks to the city of #LosAngeles for preserving these open spaces. #nofilter #latergram #nature #iloveLA

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This was a good venue for #teamusa . Record books were rewritten. Medals were won in 8 of the 10 relays contested earning us the Golden Baton. The #worldrelays were a resounding success as an event and the Bahamas did a fantastic job as host. We'll be back next year hungry for gold in the 4x1500m!

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Kenya: pumped. USA: pumped. Ethiopia: not so pumped. #worldrelays #teamusa #iaaf #silver #americanrecord

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Katie really likes to give hugs. Even at the most inopportune times. #moveaussiegetouttheway #worldrelays #iaaf #TeamUSA #usatf

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"Dear Diary, Jackpot!" - Glen Quagmire #iaaf #worldrelays #bahamas #nike

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