Summer Sanders pursues excellence in all facets of her life, be it in the swimming pool, in car pool, or in front of the camera. In her two years at Stanford University, Sanders compiled six individual NCAA titles and four relay championships, earned back-to-back NCAA Swimmer of the Year awards, and propelled Stanford to the 1992 National Championship. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Sanders emerged as the most decorated U.S. swimmer, winning four medals – two gold, a silver, and a bronze. Following retirement from swimming, Sanders pursued a career in television. From 1997 to 2005, Sanders appeared on a plethora of programs as correspondent, co-host, and host. Highlights include eight years co-hosting NBA Inside Stuff, becoming the first female game-show host on Nickelodeon by hosting Figure It Out, acting as an Olympic analyst and host for NBC during the 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2010 Olympic Games, being a Today Show special contributor from 2000-2004, and hosting Fox’s hit sports show The Sports List. Sanders also worked as a sideline reporter for the NBA, WNBA, and US Open. Sanders took a brief hiatus from TV to focus on life at home. She married Olympian and former U.S. Ski Team Alpine racer Erik Schlopy and has two children, Skye and Spider. Since her returned to TV in 2009, she has worked as a correspondent for Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, and NBC’s Universal Sports Network. She hosted Yahoo! Sports award winning web series Elite Athlete Workout and their 2012 Olympic Games swimming coverage. She is currently hosting and producing web series for Blackline Media.
In addition to broadcast work, Sanders is also a health and fitness advocate, producing articles, tips and workouts for various magazines, as well as the author of “Champions are Raised not Born.” She is a Right to Play Ambassador, and the national spokesperson for the ReThink Varicose Veins campaign.
You can follow Sanders on twitter @SummerSanders_ , via facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheSummerSanders, and through her official website www.summersanders.net.
The moment I hung up my competitive swimsuit, I grabbed a pair of running shoes. At the time, I didn’t even know I was supposed to have a separate shoe just for running. I didn’t really think about switching to running or becoming a runner, I just ran. I ran with my girlfriends around the Stanford University campus. We fondly call it “The Campus Loop,” and it’s about four miles. Since then, I have run wherever my job has taken me. I’ve run at least 50 times around Orlando, Florida during my time hosting Figure It Out, at least once through every NBA city exploring while filming Inside Stuff, and on five continents while traveling for the Olympic Games, doing charity work, or covering events for the Today Show. There is no better way to see a city or get to know your surroundings than by slipping on your running shoes and putting your soles to the pavement!
With all that legwork under me, I thought I’d share a little exploring insight… So without further ado, here are my 10 favorite running destinations.
NYC: Central Park Big Loop. Number 1 on my list is Central Park. New York City just has tons of energy at almost every hour of the day, so you can feel good running anytime. The big loop is six miles with the Great Hill at the top of the loop, which is perfect for training and can really fuel your competitive fire. NYC was my home for almost ten years, and this was my daily trail.