Lauren Kleppin Was In An 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Episode

Two weeks ago the 12th season of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia came to an end. A few of the staff members here at FloTrack are diehard 'Always Sunny' fans so it caught our eye when we saw a tweet from professional runner Lauren Kleppin earlier this year.


We reached out to Kleppin to ask about her unique 'Always Sunny' experience:

How did you end up on set as an extra?

While I was living and training in Mammoth Lakes, I met my neighbor, Cleland Hoff, at our condo's pool one day and really connected with her on so many different levels. I enjoyed talking to her about all her ambitions in the community throughout my stay in Mammoth and we stayed in touch. Cleland ended up being the owner of Film Mammoth, a film production service company.

One night she came in to visit me while I was working as a liquor store clerk at Country Liquor. She told me excitedly about the latest casting call for It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I showed interest. She snapped my picture/headshot right there with bottles of liquor in the background, on the clock… I filled out an application later that night. And, well the rest is history.



Did you get to meet the cast?

Yes. Over the course of the three-day shoot, I was able to interact with all members of The Gang!

There was some self-discipline involved in not being a major jabroni and asking for a selfie with Danny Devito/Frank on set, or Charlie while I was passing him down the stairs, or Kaitlyn Olson/Miss Sweet Dee (who I have been compared to often) while I was grabbing a hot chocolate on top of the mountain.

I had the most interaction with Danny Devito as he was the closest to me during the racing scene. He just kept cracking side jokes in between cuts. He was hilarious, sarcastic, and everything you would expect him to be.



All of them were cool.

As a professional athlete, I had some respect and understanding for them, looking at them thru a lens of awe but also as real people, just doing their damn job. But still… gosh, they were so cool!

What was it like being on set?

For me, and for many athletes involved with a sponsor, it was something I was quite accustomed to and nothing different than a normal photo shoot for a shoe company.

A lot of waiting. A lot of go back and do that again, repeat, wait, and do that again.

Awesome catering. Almost too much. Like… "Here, while you're waiting, have some breakfast, have a snack, have more snacks, have lunch, here's another buffet for no reason… just please don't get too bored while the photographers are waiting for better light."



Some of my fellow cast mates weren't prepared for a full day, or three, out in the elements. Wear sunscreen. Don't drink. Don't break the rules and post photos on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter…

A lot of: "Dude. 8 hours. 3 days. Work? I just want to snowboard, braah!" -or- "Think I can get a selfie? Think I can get him to sleep with me? Think this will be my big break into modeling? Think I should show my breasts a little more?"



Barf. Barfing on the side of the mountain. Lots of us. For many various reasons.  No judgement.

Any unique memories from the shoot?

Not really. I met a guy on set who was training for the show "Naked and Afraid." He wanted to be the next big hot thing, for whoever follows that show. We went out once. Good beer. Thanks Mammoth Brewing Co, as always. And thank you to Cleland, and Film Mammoth, and the It's Always Sunny Crew for accepting and making art of Mammoth and mountain life, and all its shenanigans.



How's training going/where are you planning on racing next/what are your 2017 goals?

I'm just coming back to running and putting one foot in front of another, after a hard year of transition and injury and scratching from the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles. Putting that all behind, I am excited as ever for whatever the future may bring. Ready and prepared to start fresh and new, whatever that means. It's always sunny… somewhere.

Paul Chelimo Chases American 2 Mile Record & More Pre Classic Storylines

© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The sole U.S. stop on the IAAF Diamond League circuit is this weekend's Prefontaine Classic. This year's event marks its final appearance at pre-construction era Hayward Field, as the University of Oregon's historic facility will undergo massive renovations this summer in preparation to host the 2021 IAAF World Championships.

Arizona State's Maggie Ewen Aiming for Triple College Closure

Kirby Lee/USA Today
The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

By Judd Spicer

Confidence Picks Featuring and Grant Holloway, LSU, And Houston

Kirby Lee/USA Today

The collegiate season ramps up this weekend with NCAA Preliminary Rounds taking place in Sacramento, California, and Tampa, Florida. In each event, the top 12 finishers advance to the 2018 NCAA Championships in Eugene. After an extremely fast indoor and outdoor season, it's easy to be confident that the fast times will continue in the postseason. 

House Of Run: Prelims & Pre-Prognostications

Kirby Lee/USA Today
The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

Jason and Kevin discuss Steven Gardiner, Noah Lyles, and Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s big performances on the streets of Boston, Mo Farah narrowing down his fall marathon decision, the athlete most likely to drop a big time at the NCAA Prelims, and the best races at this weekend’s Prefontaine Classic.

FloTrack Predicts The Top-12 Qualifiers At NCAA Prelims

Kirby Lee/USA Today
The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

Here are our official FloTrack predictions for who will qualify (top-12) for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the individual track events.

Schweizer's Double, Houston's Team Chances; West Prelim Preview

Randy Sartin/Kirby Lee: USA Today
The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

The 2018 Division I NCAA West Preliminary Round kicks off on Thursday in Sacramento, California, where every athlete's goal is a top-12 finish and a trip to Eugene. Yesterday, we looked at 10 of the biggest names competing at the 2018 DI NCAA East Preliminary Round. Today, we will do the same with the West.  

Five Races That Will Be Especially Close At NCAA Prelims

Kirby Lee/USA Today
The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

The race for the top 12 begins this Thursday in Sacramento, California, and Tampa, Florida, as the NCAA's best try to navigate the preliminary rounds and advance to Eugene. The qualifying system is clear-cut and unforgiving, making events with obvious favorites still very intriguing. Here are five of the deepest events that could lead to some intense battles for the 12 qualifying spots.  

Holloway, McLaughlin, & The 10 Brightest Stars At NCAA East Prelims

© Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

By Lincoln Shryack

Miller-Uibo & Hunter Shine In Boston, Centro Doubles, Wilson PRs; Pro Recap

Kirby Lee/USA Today

With no Diamond League in the schedule, there was no central meeting point for the elite in track and field. Instead, the fastest in the world split up between not one but two street meets and a couple other interesting locations: a distance carnival in Los Angeles, a sprint-heavy meet in Jamaica, and a race in England that had a bar on the track.

Woman Drives Car Directly Into Half Marathon Route