Allyson Felix Reveals She Started Running as a Way to Make Friends in Childhood

Published 09/28/2021, 2:42 PM EDT
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 15: Allyson Felix of USA celebrates her 200m race win Myriam Soumarie of France, Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain and Joice Maduaka of Great Britain during the Powerade Great City Games on May 15, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


Allyson Felix created history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, becoming the most decorated American sprinter in track history. Felix defeated the legendary Carl Lewis to reach the top of the charts with eleven medals in her tally.

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Felix’s unstoppable spirit makes her an inspiration for women all around the world. However, while it might look like a smooth ride from the outside, Allyson rode the toughest of roads to reach where she is today.

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Allyson Felix writes a heartwarming letter

35-year-old Felix is a proud mother of her 2-year-old daughter, Camryn. Being a mother, Allyson decided to help children who have a tough time socializing in peer groups. In collaboration with Romper, Felix wrote a special letter for all the kids around the world.

Notably, the American sprinting legend opened up about her own childhood experiences and how she faced challenges to connect with other kids. Allyson revealed that the real reason she stepped onto the track was to find long-lasting friendships and create unmatchable bonds.

Jun 18, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Allyson Felix wins the women’s 400m in 50.99 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Allyson wrote, “Although I didn’t experience a pandemic when I was young, I can still relate to feeling nervous at recess or undecided on who to sit with at lunch. This is where I discovered sports. When I first tried out, I never thought that I’d travel the world or see my name in newspapers. For me, I started running to make lasting friendships and surround myself with other kids who understood me.”

Words of wisdom

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Allyson competed in her first-ever mega-quadrennial games as a mother, even after going through a tough pregnancy phase. However, nothing stopped her from reaching the Olympic podium.

In her letter, she also gave kids some tips on how to open up with people. Her key points were, find a group with a shared interest, talk to someone who is alone, ask questions, don’t be afraid to say yes, spend time with people that help you grow, and be the kind of friend you want to have.

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Being a mother herself, Felix understands the importance of helping kids during their early life. Surely, Allyson and her words of wisdom will play an important role in the life of everyone who reads her letter.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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