Arno Rupp Set For Boston Marathon
WORCESTER, Mass. – Men’s soccer’s senior forward Arno Rupp completed his career with the Crusaders after an impressive senior campaign and is moving on to run in the 2018 Boston Marathon.
Rupp, played in all 20 games and started in 12 for Holy Cross in the 2017 season. He led the team with 18 points from eight goals and two assists. Rupp also recorded three game-winning goals on the season. In his career as a Crusader, Rupp has tallied 43 career points, ranking him 11th on the all-time career points list at Holy Cross. The forward was also recognized as the Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year and to the CoSIDA All-District 1 First Team with a 3.73 GPA as a mathematics and economics major in 2017. Rupp is a two-time Academic All-Patriot League and two-time CoSIDA All-District 1 Selection (2016, 2017).
Since completing his career on the field with Holy Cross, Rupp has set out to train for and run in the Boston Marathon that will take place on April 16, 2018. “After completing my last season of Division I soccer in the fall, my competitive mindset was looking for a new challenge,” said Rupp about his journey to run the marathon. “What better way is there to complete my wonderful four years of college in the Northeast, other than running the Boston Marathon?”
Rupp has had a history of taking on different athletic challenges, having been a competitive skier in Austria before focusing on playing soccer in the NCAA. Though he has yet to run a marathon, Rupp ran in a half-marathon last spring (2017) back home in Austria. “I think that not only physically, but also mentally, the time is right to not only fulfill a goal but much more,” he says.
While training, Rupp is also raising money for Boston’s Debate League. The organization’s mission is to integrate argumentation and competitive debate into public schools in Boston to develop critical thinkers ready for college, career, and engagement with the world around them. “In my person life, I have experienced how important communication, as well as debating and public speaking skills are and I don’t think I would be where I am today without having acquired these at a young age,” cites Rupp as the reason this cause is close to him. Rupp recognizes the importance of these skills and wants to help other people acquire the same skills.
Rupp, who was a member of the European Youth Parliament, attributes much of these qualities to the experience he had with the Youth Parliament. He believes it is these qualities that helped him to get into Holy Cross and secure a position at Bank of America upon graudation, after completing an internship there. He also draws many parallels to the mission of the Boston Debate League and the values he has learned at Holy Cross.