4x NCAA All-American Peter Callahan To Run For Belgium

Four-time NCAA All-American Peter Callahan announced today that he will compete for Belgium after receiving approval from the IAAF. 

While competing at Princeton, Callahan anchored the winning DMR at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships and finished fourth in the 1500m at the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships while studying for his master's degree at New Mexico. Callahan represented Team USA at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in the 1500m.

Callahan shared his thoughts with FloTrack on his decision to run for Belgium:

I am a Belgian citizen by birth, and have considered competing for a Belgian national team for many years. Though I was born in the U.S., my mother is from Antwerp, and my brothers and I were incredibly lucky to spend every summer growing up on the Belgian coast. These European roots are very important to our family: we speak French at home, each have “Wirtz” (our Belgian family name) as our middle names, and have 17 first cousins who draw us back across the Atlantic every year.

From the track and field side, many of my PRs have actually been set on Belgian soil, and three of my four fastest 1500m races ever were run there. I have established a great relationship with the Royal Excelsior Sports Club of Brussels (RESC), and am really excited to begin competing for them this year. Under the Belgian club system, I will get more support, and have more opportunities to race on the national, European, and world stage.


null

With regards to my training, I will stay based in New Jersey and continue working with Robby Andrews under Jason Vigilante. I have already qualified for this summer’s European Championships, and now plan to do all I can to achieve the Olympic standard of 3:36.19 by July 11th. While nothing is guaranteed, my club is confident that if I get the standard, I would be selected to go.

The sport of track and field is hard, and it should be. Satisfying achievement is always based on accomplishing what is difficult, and by earning what is not freely given. Running an Olympic standard is never given, it is earned.

nullI hope to express that this was an honest choice made for the right reasons. I have always been an American and a Belgian, and both of these identities are extremely important to me. I grew up with Tintin, real chocolate, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and endives, while watching the Bears, celebrating the 4th of July, and playing baseball (badly). I eat french-fries with mayonnaise, my hotdogs Chicago-style, and watched that 2014 World Cup game with agony.

My goals as an athlete have always been to test myself to the limit, compete against the best, and inspire others through what I do. I firmly believe that running for Belgium will help me advance each one of these goals, and I couldn’t be more excited to start.


Callahan's recent Workout Wednesday:



Callahan's mile win at the 2015 FloTrack Throwdown:

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #5 SUNY Geneseo Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 5 DIII women’s spot goes to SUNY Geneseo, and here's why:

Coleman Responds To Missed Tests, Hearing Set For September 4th

An arbitration hearing set for September 4th will decide if Christian Coleman will be suspended for whereabouts violations. 

Lyles Sizzles, Warholm Steamrolls The Field At Paris Diamond League

At this point Noah Lyles’ dominance is routine. The 22-year-old blasted another 200 meters, running 19.65 to better Usain Bolt’s Paris Diamond League meet record. Once again, he did it with no competition. Ramil Guliyev, the 2017 world champion, was second in 20.01. 

With Highly-Touted Frosh, Can Michigan Get On The Podium Again?

This is the latest installment in the FloXC Countdown. For the full list of the top teams and individuals, click here. Today, the #5 women's team, the Michigan Wolverines. 

After Multiple Top-10 Finishes, Iowa State Men Ready To Take The Next Step

This is the latest installment in the FloXC Countdown. For the full list of the top teams and individuals, click here. Today, the #5 men's team, the Iowa State Cyclones. 

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #5 SUNY Geneseo Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 5 DIII men’s spot goes to SUNY Geneseo, and here's why:

2019 DII FloXC Countdown: #5 Sioux Falls Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 5 DII men’s spot goes to Sioux Falls, and here's why:

2019 DII FloXC Countdown: #5 Seattle Pacific Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 5 DII women’s spot goes to Seattle Pacific and here's why:

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #6 U. of Chicago Women

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 6 DIII women’s spot goes to U. of Chicago, and here's why:

2019 DIII FloXC Countdown: #6 U. of Chicago Men

Follow our 2019 FloXC Countdown, where FloTrack ranks the top 10 cross country teams in NCAA DII/DIII this season. The 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships will be LIVE on FloTrack for all three divisions. And be sure to watch our LIVE FloXC Podium Reveal Show Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 AM CT. The No. 6 DIII men’s spot goes to U. of Chicago, and here's why: