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Nolan Shaheed

Achieving excellence in any endeavor is something to behold and admired. Becoming world class is even more celebrated, since the performer is the “Best of the Best.” To achieve such recognition in one area takes years of commitment, diligence, energy, sacrifice and, let's not forget, talent!

Nolan Shaheed has achieved his world class standing in two varied genres. He holds a world record in running and has musical talent that has taken him all over the world playing trumpet to back-up remarkable performers notably Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Phil Collins. He has also performed and toured with: Eddie Harris, Teddy Edwards, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham and Francisco Aquabea. Notwithstanding, Shaheed is in demand as a studio musician and has recently released the album, Lamentations From The Middle Passage.

Born in 1949, this California native knew he had athletic talent at an early age. Before entering competitive track as a high school sophomore, Shaheed enjoyed beating all-comers in around-the-block races. He was also involved in basketball, baseball and football during his formative years as a member of the Pasadena Boys Club. During the time that Shaheed excelled as a high school track star, he was also making a name for himself as an outstanding trumpeter. He was named to the All-City-Band and All-State-Band. Thankfully, his passion for the trumpet was recognized by his mother, who permitted him to relinquish the violin at age 12 and begin his remarkable dedication to the trumpet. He credits his musical shift to listening to recordings of Louie Armstrong, the great jazz trumpeter.

Shaheed had the speed to qualify for the Olympic trials as a runner but did not pursue this path. He recognized there was not the money in track that his musical talent would garnish. Therefore, running became an avocation and a supplement to his musical career. As he puts it, “Running made my trumpet playing better, which gave me an incentive to run.” While touring with phenomenal musicians, Shaheed honed his running skills and built the conviction to become an Ageless/Timeless Athlete. “When I was on the road, I always jogged ten miles. I did my best work writing music when on a nice long run,” Shaheed stated.

Shaheed holds a number of world masters records, which include the following*:

800 Meters
Division Time Date
50-54 1:58.65 2000-May-13
60-64 2:08.56 2011-April-23

1500 Meters
Division Time Date
M-60 4:24 2011-April-30

1-Mile
Division Time Date
M-50 4:27 2000-December-2

*As reported on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masters_Athletics_World_Records

He is also ranked number one in the USA outdoors M-60 5000 meters with a time of 17:19.6, which was achieved in July 2011, as posted on www.mastersrankings.com.

Shaheed does not believe in the aging process that permeates Western thinking. Shaheed explains, “I believe we have a biological clock. Everything starts to diminish as we come into existence. Aging is not recuperating fully from injury or illness. When you are young, you get over the flu then recover. When getting older, we never get over illness and the body can't repair itself as it use to. Most people accept aging. They expect to have arthritis, diabetes and the flu. Don't expect to get sick or get the diseases associated with age.”

Shaheed follows a diet that is disciplined and far removed from the general population. He eats one meal a day on days that he runs, which translates to six meals per week. The seventh day of the week, he does not run and fasts. He avoids eating any white, processed or fried foods. He relies upon complex carbohydrates and protein to provide him sustenance. A multivitamin and mineral packet are also part of his regimen due to his belief that our foods lack the full complement of nutrients. Moreover, he takes one month off from running at the end of summer. His diet then becomes even more restrictive. During that month, he consumes only three meals per week. Without hesitation, Shaheed will tell you that he never feels tired or hungry.

“I run ten miles a day six days a week. Two days per week, I perform speed work on the track either running 800 meter repeats or mile repeats at 90 % effort. I also run 12 -200 meters at 90% maximum effort with a minute rest in between or 5-1 mile runs at 80 % capacity with two minute rest periods in between,” Shaheed stated.

He has the drive and determination to keep running and said he will never retire from athletic endeavors. Shaheed is highly competitive and visualizes himself winning before the event occurs. His advice to those who want to maintain good health and longevity is simple: exercise and watch what you eat. Finally, this ageless phenomenal athlete has a very contented outlook on life. “I am very fortunate that I have achieved most of the goals in my life -fortunate to play with Count Basie, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Setting World records is a great accomplishment. It means no one can beat me in any country in the world,” Shaheed said in a grateful and proud manner.

Nolan Shaheed

  • D.O.B. - 1949
  • Birth Place - Pasedina, California
  • Residence - Pasedina, California
  • Height 5' 09"
  • Weight 125 lbs

Ageless/Timeless Accomplishments

  • Trumpeter backing-up remarkable performers notably Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Phil Collins. He has also performed and toured with: Eddie Harris, Teddy Edwards, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham and Francisco Aquabea
  • Several World Records (noted to the left)
  • Ranked number one in the USA outdoors M-60 5000 meters with a time of 17:19.6, which was achieved in July 2011, as posted on www.mastersrankings.com

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