Without a doubt, Obsa Ali has already run thousands of miles in his life. A seven-time Minnesota state cross country and track and field medalist and 2014 Minnesota state cross country champion in high school, Ali has been racking up mileage in long training runs and competitive races since he was just a kid. All that running led him to a destination that was just 10 miles from his hometown of Richfield, Minn., the U of M campus. From the heart of Minneapolis’ oldest neighborhoods, Ali’s passion and abilities as a runner have taken him to conference and national recognition as an All-Big Ten honoree, an All-American and a two-time NCAA All-Region performer.
Photos by Eric Miller • location: Minneapolis Sculpture Garde