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Hunter Recovering from Bout with Lyme Disease

June 25, 2016

Back to full-tilt training, the #8 sub-4 U.S. HSer and Oregon bound athlete is feeling great and has gotten green lights from his doctors.

By Jeff Hollobaugh for Track & Field News

Where is Drew Hunter? The drumbeat is starting to sound on the Internet about the nation’s top prep distance runner, a graduated senior at Loudoun Valley in Purcellville, Virginia, who after his State Meet in the first week of June called it a season.

Happily, Hunter, who clocked three sub-4 minute Miles this year including the high school indoor record 3:57.81, is alive and well and bouncing back with some great workouts, though he cringes when he hears people’s reactions to the ailment that hit him last month.

“For people who don’t know anything about Lyme Disease, they hear horrible stories of people like dying from it or their limbs falling off. But it’s one of those things it’s kind of like the flu. You stay miserable for like 3–4 weeks but once you start treating it, you just get better and better every day. I caught it really early.”

In the weeks following his same-day 1:48.64 / 8:43.18 double at a prep invitational in Charlottesville, Virginia, a tick bit Hunter and he developed the early symptoms of Lyme. He began sleeping terribly and his recovery from workouts was much slower. Normally perfectly in tune with his body, suddenly he had trouble reading the signals it was sending him.

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