Prior to Saturday's U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon in Los Angeles we caught up with Gian-Paul Caccia, 29, of New York to learn more about his running, how he felt when he learned he had qualified for the Trials, and his life beyond running; including, who he would most like to have lunch with, his role model, and his favorite athlete.
 
This will Gian-Paul's second Olympic Trials. At the 2012 trials he finished 71st running 2:22:30.
 
So let's GET TO KNOW Gian-Paul a bit better......

How did you start running?
I started running in high school, but never took it too seriously. I used it to stay in shape for baseball. I walked on my cross country team in college and started really getting serious then.

 
Where did you qualify for the Trials?
USA Half Marathon Championships at the 2015 Houston Half Marathon, in Houston, TX on January 18. 2015. My time was 1:04:56.
 
Tell us about the point you realized you had  qualified for the Trials and how it felt:
I realized I had qualified for the trials in the last 100 meters of the race. I looked up at the clock and noticed I was going to finish under 1:05. It was a great feeling because my NYAC teammates, Chris Bendtsen and Rob Molke, were waiting at the line and cheering me on. Once I knew I had the time, I was fist-pumping the whole last 25 meters to the finish line even though I only had a few seconds to spare, where if I tripped and fell during that celebration I might not have made the time.
 
High School:
Fordham Preparatory High School, 2004
 
High School Best Times:
800m:  2:11 
1600m: 4:57
 
High School Highlights:
None. Literally, none.
 
College:
Loyola University Maryland, 2008 Undergrad, MBA 2010
 
College Best Times:
5000m: 14:26
10,000m: 30:41
 
College Highlights:
- 8th at 2009 Indoor IC4A's 5K scoring 1 point for Loyola and that only point in history for the men's team
- XC captain 2007 and 2008.
 
Club/Sponsor:
Club: New York Athletic Club
Sponsor: Brooks ID elite
 
Current Coach:
Spencer Casey
 
# of Olympic Trials:
This will be my second! I ran the 2012 trials in 2:22:30.
 
Occupation:
Business Development at KANERAI, a leading provider of structured credit trading analytics and data.
 
Something unique about you:
I dabble with mixing and producing music with a couple close friends.
 
Favorite Workout:
10 mile tempo run
 
Favorite Place to Train:
Central Park
 
Favorite Food:
Pizza/Pasta/Carbs
 
If you could have lunch with one person who would it be?    
Aziz Ansari - it would be a meal full of non-stop laughing
 
Your role model:
Meb! - a true inspiration and a perfect display of how to be successful through hard work and dedication
 
Your favorite athlete:
Derek Jeter - hard not to re2pect Jeter
 
Goal at Trials:
Walk/limp away happy with my performance and convinced that I left all on the course.

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