We are humbled by the generosity of friends, family, and the Track and Field community. At the time of USA Outdoors, only two of us had valid passports. The rest of us have been checking mailboxes each day with fingers crossed. Today the balance of our passports arrived! Thank goodness for rushed service! Event tickets have been printed and are in my carry on bag (not taking a chance on lost luggage!). Accommodations are booked and confirmed! We will stay outside of London close to the railway station so that we can get around with ease.
When making plans for London we learned that flying out from New York slashed the cost of airfare in half ($1900 per ticket vs $830)! We will gladly rent a van and take a road trip to JFK to save that kind of money! Friends suggested that flying into another European city and making a connecting flight to London might save more money. Kenny and I talked about it, and after weighing the pros and cons, decided the direct flight would be best for us. We almost missed prelims at Olympic Trials last year due to a canceled leg of our flight (we arrived in time only because we rented a car for the balance of our journey). We just didn’t want to take the risk. We also considered the challenges of traveling with a young child and that sealed the deal!
This incredible display of generosity has made supporting Drew at Worlds possible! We thank you very, very much!
~The Windle Family
Help Drew's family get to London to cheer him on at World Championships! Funds are to supplement costs for expedited passports, for flights and hotel accommodations, and tickets for the World Championships for eight family members. We are grateful for any and all help.
Go Team USA!
The next time they are together.....
...will be in LONDON! #RunLikeTheWindle
Drew Windle will represent the USA in the 800m at the 2017 World Track and Field Championships!
Drew made his first World Championship team to honor the Brooks Beasts squad
Drew is a 2011 graduate of New Albany High School. Always an athlete, Drew's main focus was football. He loved the game and ran track to keep in shape for football. Winter of Drew's senior year he ran indoor track for the first time and began to develop his talents as an 800 meter runner. During that outdoor season, Drew's PR was 1:57 leading into the post season. Drew's times continued to drop! At the State Meet, Drew won the 800m with 1:51.94. He holds records at NAHS in the 800, 4x400, and the DMR.
State Meet 2011 - 800m Champion!
After high school, Drew attended DII Ashland University. His PR while at Ashland was in February 2014 at the GVSU Big Meet where he ran 1:45.65.
While at Ashland, Drew was an 8-time National Champion (3x 800 Indoor, 3x 800 Outdoor, 1x 4x400, 1x DMR), 15 time All-American, and an Academic All-American. He was a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Men's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year in both 2013 and 2014, and was named the Ashland Male 2014-15 Student-Athlete of the Year. He holds AU records in the indoor 800m (1:46.52), as part of the indoor 4x400 relay (3:09.38), the indoor DMR (9:49.14), and the outdoor 800m (1:46.91).
NCAA DII Nationals 2015
After graduation, he began his career as a professional runner with the Brooks Beasts. With the support of Coach Danny Mackey and talented teammates, including Nick Symmonds, Drew ran a PR of 1:44.63! In his second year as a pro, Drew made the USA National team!! He will represent the United States of America at the World Championships in London, August 4 - 13.
Our family is excited about Drew's accomplishment! We are trying to raise funds to help us supplement costs for rushed passports, flights and hotel expenses for eight family members. We are grateful for any and all help. We appreciate your support in helping to send our family across the pond to cheer on our World Qualifier!!
Go team USA!
"My family has been a huge part of my development as an athlete ever since I started playing tee-ball when I was 4 years old. Every weekend growing up my parents would attend baseball games, wrestling matches, football games, and track meets (not to mention all the hours they drove me to and from practice daily). While I was in college at Ashland University my parents missed only one track meet, which was the day my nephew, CJ, was born. My sisters, Heidi and Kaleigh, and my brother, Kyle, are also a huge part of my athletic development. They are responsible for my competitveness. They would "time me" to see how fast I could do a favor for them, or do one of their chores, knowing that if they told me I couldn't do it in a certain amount of time that I would make an attempt. Having my family come with me to London would mean everything to me because the time and quality of effort I put into the sport would not be possible without the incredible support of my family. Please donate so that they can come watch me compete at the highest stage of competition, the World Championships!"
Drew Windle, Brooks Beasts TC