There’s something nostalgic in the simplicity of Julian Reynolds’ story. It’s one of a girl learning early on that hard work pays off, the blood, sweat, and tears will reap benefits, and every opportunity seized will bring you one step closer to the top. By following her own footsteps, or rather, running in her own footsteps, Julian’s career literally took off.

“My parents were a great example of where hard work can take you.” They provided Julian and her two siblings the privilege of attending the prestigious Benjamin School (North Palm Beach, FL) among the likes of Nicklaus’ and Rooney’s children where they became the very first African Americans to enroll and attend in the history of the school. There, Julian discovered her talent for running and ran her way into the records book by becoming the most decorated athlete in the state of Florida, in any sport, both male and female, with 16 state titles. This accomplishment, among many others, led her to being inducted into the State of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame. Upon her graduation, the Benjamin School also honored Julian by creating The Julian Reynolds Award, a scholarship offered yearly to a student excelling not only on the athletic field but also in the classroom and community. In 2010, Julian was inducted into the school’s Inaugural Hall of Fame with Mr. Benjamin, the school’s namesake.

Julian’s hard work throughout her high school career allowed her the pick of the litter when deciding on a college. Keeping academics in mind, she accepted a full scholarship to Georgetown University. This made her one of the first females in over a decade to receive a full ride. While majoring in English, Julian earned numerous honors on the track: NCAA runner-up, four time All-American, three -time Big East champion, ECAC champion, and three- time Penn Relays Champion of America, to name a few. “My most memorable award while attending Georgetown was receiving the James M. Gallagher Memorial Award,” she commented.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Julian embarked on a successful career as a professional Nike track and field athlete. Over the next ten years, she traveled the world immersed in different cultures while competing at the highest level. A U.S. National Championship, Pan-American Gold Medal, a berth on the USA 2003 World Championship team, 2008 Olympic qualifier, and a top-five World ranking are a few accolades she accomplished along her journey.

“Running opened up many doors for me and took me all around the globe. The greatest thing I took from the sport is the work ethic it takes to succeed. Oprah Winfrey once said, ‘Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.’ This is the reason I consider myself among the lucky ones who are able to transfer out of a professional sport and succeed in life.”

Julian currently resides in Hobe Sound, Florida.