For Juneau-Douglas High School senior Sage Thibodeau, running is in the genes.
One of the Crimson Bears' top runners and a member of the soccer team, Thibodeau was born and raised in Juneau and comes from a family of athletes.
"I come from a running family on both sides," he said. "My dad and my uncle really encouraged me to start running in middle school, and in sixth grade I found out I wasn't too bad at it.
"Once I won a race in middle school that got me excited to run in high school."
But while the cross-country season is nearing its most important time of the year, Thibodeau's interests don't stop on the course or soccer field.
Other than cross-country, what are your favorite hobbies?
"I really enjoy soccer, and I really just enjoy any fun team sport. Before practice sometimes, my cross-country teammates and I will grab a volleyball and play some volleyball or any other recreational sport just to mess around and have fun."
Do you have a favorite sport to watch on television?
"It's definitely soccer. I really enjoyed the World Cup this summer. It was really intense."
Which club team is your favorite?
"I have to go with Manchester United. I really admire their playing style, and one of my favorite players is Wayne Rooney, their striker."
What is your favorite class in school?
"I hate to say it, but I like my math class. I'm kind of a math geek. I like to look at a complicated equation and know how to do it. You just get that satisfaction of finishing the problem."
What are your plans after graduation?
"I've been looking into colleges on the West Coast, but I'm not really sure what activities I'll do yet. I might do soccer and maybe cross-country.
Do you have any career interests at this point?
"I'm looking into engineering fields that interest me. A lot of it is because I like math, but I really like to know how things work and want to know more about that."
What are your expectations for the rest of this cross-country season?
"All my teammates and I are not willing to settle for anything less than first place. We're all expecting to do extremely well at state this year. Last year I got sixth place at state and I'm really hoping to improve on that."
What's the best part about running on your home course as you will be this weekend?
"It's the crowd. Just looking at the crowd and seeing people you know cheering you on - the atmosphere is phenomenal."
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