From left, Jason Costner, David Allison, Dam�n D. Manning and Gabby Yearwood at the 2013 Penn Relays on April 27, 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania.

After 20 years, life-long runner and local coach David Allison returned to his alma mater recently to compete in the Penn Relays.

Placing fifth out of nine teams that participated in the relays at University of Pennsylvania, Allison said it was fun running with old teammates.

“On many levels it was great to run, be back there and be back on the East Coast,” said Allison.

The Penn Relays, hosted on April 27 this year, are the longest running, uninterrupted college meet in the country. The meet is hosted over a few days and relays are ongoing. Just below the Olympics and the World Championships, the Penn Relays has some of the most spectators in athletic meets and is one of the best attended meets in the world.

Allison has lived in Ahwatukee for the past eight years and is owner of Marathon Coaching Consultants. Last year, Allison started his own youth club called Phoenix Flyers Track with another coach and previously coached track and field at Mountain Pointe High School from 2008 to 2012.

Set to compete in a 4X400-meter men’s master relay, he has also done a 5K, 10K and ran in the 2006 Boston Marathon.

Allison said his experience at the relay was fun to be part of, and the energy out on the track and field was memorable.

“It’s such a good vibe, and a rewarding experience,” Allison said.

For more information about Allison’s youth club, visit

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