Becoming an athlete. I’m an athlete.

Alexei Sorokin
3 min readMay 13, 2022

I’m an athlete.

For some strange reason, I’m thinking of the movie The Fly. The metamorphosis has been that dramatic.

I’m a runner. I’ve always enjoyed running but two years ago I started to run more. I started to run consistently. My consistency became an uncompromisable habit. My non-negotiable habit made me strive for perfection.

But now I’m more than a runner. I’m an athlete.

I ran my first sub-three-hour (2.57) in October 2021. I ran a 1.19 half marathon in February 2022. I just ran a 2.49 marathon in Orange County, California. I won my age group.

It was a small marathon. In a bigger race, I’d have many betters runners finish ahead of me. Still, it’s a meaningful improvement from 2.57 to 2.49 in six months. I will try to run 2.39 in Chicago five months from now.

Then I got this email:

Hi Alexey -

This is Gary, race director of the 2022 SDCCU OC Marathon. Congratulations on your completion of the event.

Following your result at the 2022 event, you have scored highly in the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings system. Another similar performance at a 2022 qualifying event could result in you receiving an invite to the 2023 Age Group World Championships.

To be eligible to receive a World Championship invite, you MUST create a profile at and claim your ranking points.

Find out where you are currently ranked here, and a full list of qualifying races for the 2022 season can be found here.

Thank you, if you have any questions, please contact

See you next year!

Gary Kutscher

SDCCU OC Marathon Running Festival

Again — a mediocre email that many other runners probably received when they improved.

But the momentum is growing.

I’ve been blogging about running (you can subscribe to my newsletter here), interacting with my favorite Facebook group Sub-3-hour marathon and I now have runners reach out to me from different parts of the world… I’m not an expert but my advice is being…

Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day. More here: