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Spikes off…

November 18 2013

I’m used to sprinting, so I’ll keep this one short.

After 13 years, on the track, I’m taking my spikes off. It’s time to shut it down.

I can’t say that my last year on the circuit played out the way I wanted it to, but I am proud of my journey.

My career has given me the opportunity to see the world, meet some cool folks and do what I love in the process.

Thanks for your faith in me.

Thanks for your support and encouragement.

Thanks for helping push me toward my dream.

I’m grateful for it all – the sport, the fans, the experience.

I’ll forever be an athlete. I’ll always rep Team USA, and I’ll never be too far from the track.

Believe that.


  • Zach

    A guy I looked at All thru college while running. Thanks for being what USATF should be.

  • Kevin

    Congrats on a fabulous career! You are an amazing athlete and I am so blessed to see you compete over the years!! Enjoy the new the chapter of your life! God Bless Always Doc!!

  • Ken Castro

    Good luck in the future Doc. Enjoyed watching your career.

  • Curtis Drafton

    From the heart bro…since I started running track 20 years ago, your name had been synonymous with the sport.
    When I moved to Texas in 03′ to go to UTA your name STILL had its aura.
    Thanks for making it special~
    Maybe we’ll see you in the Masters (?)

    There’s always a place for you here in Atlanta~
    God bless you man in WHATEVER you choose to do next~

  • Lisa Lynn Brown

    Nice of you to say and thanks for sharing. I am a woman at Cascade UMC. We say hi mildly…often. I hope you are well. @Lisalynnbrown to see who I am.

  • Red

    You did it right, Doc. Thank you.
    Not a tougher, more honest, resilient athlete on the planet.

  • ML Brown

    great career, Doc!!! congrats on your many accomplishments on the track and wish you nothing but the best off the track bro!!!

  • CM Runner

    Will you keep coming to meets, as a fan?

  • Lockstock

    Ka pai on a great career Doc! Tu meke!

  • Jai Taormino

    Good Luck Doc, enjoy your retirement!!!

  • lj

    I’ve been a fan since I met you at KU Relays. Congrats on an amazing career.

  • …Mike J

    …So sorry to see you go, you are a class act, you showed “that” when you came over to seats (the 4th corner) at the Penn Relays…I wish you all the best !!!

  • lamin kanyi

    Thanks mr paton, you will
    be always remembered you belongs to the legends. You are always my star,may god guide you in your future career.

  • Carolindy

    Wishing you continued success. An impressive career, an impressive man. Thank you.

  • Track Lover

    good luck in the future man, and live life in the fast lane!

  • Larry Menendez Jr.

    Congratulations!! Time for you to become an official.

  • LaTarence Dunbar

    Wow room dog! Your a tool of success and role model to everyone who knows you! I remember the times at TCU.. Some talk the talk, but you walk the
    walk. I’m proud of you Bro. – LaTarence Dunbar

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  • Calesio Newman

    Thanks, Doc your leadership roles will be missed. Thank you for showing the world a man of God husband and a Father along with sprinting, I’ve learned a lot from you and I will use it. May God bless you and your family in your future endeavors.

  • Joe Mac

    Good luck, Doc!

  • Cornell Stephenson

    Good Luck in whatever your future plans are. You have always been a class act. Peace and Grace

  • How bob

    May the Creator bless you . I enjoyed your canter . Hopefully , there will be a business opportunity in the future ….Hotep

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t have to be the end. Masters track. Willie Gault just set a 2 WRs at age 55. M40 is soon.