Steve McConkey was born in Des Moines, Iowa on October 19, 1955. He attended Dunlap Elementary where he went on annual field trips to the Drake Relays, a world-class track and field event.
In the summer of 1968, Steve’s family moved to the Danbury, Wisconsin area. He went to Webster Junior and Senior High Schools where he graduated in 1974.
While in high school, Steve started running in the fall of 1971. As of February 2017, he surpassed 60,500 miles.
After high school, Steve went to the University of Wisconsin-Superior and Minnesota State University in Mankato for pre-medicine. He ran cross country and track at both schools.
In the spring of 1980, Steve finished his BS-Public Health degree with honors at Minnesota State. During the summer, Steve and Liz were married in Mankato.
In the fall, they went to Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. In the spring of 1981, Steve finished his Master of Public Health degree with honors.
During that time, Steve was a graduate assistant coach for cross country and track. The cross country team finished first in the Ohio Valley Conference with a perfect fifteen points and placed sixth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
In the summer of 1982, Steve became a USA National Club Coach starting with Athletes in Action in Eugene, Oregon. In 1983, he did the same for Lay Witnesses for Christ in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
In the fall of 1984, Steve and Liz moved to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1988, they founded 4 Winds Christian Athletics that started out as a USA National Club. In the fall of 1992, they dropped the 4 WINDS team to minister to world-class track and field athletes on all teams.
In summary, from the fall of 1982 through the summer 1992, Steve was a USA National Club Coach for Athletes in Action, Lay Witnesses for Christ, and 4 WINDS. Athletes were ranked eighty times.
Still working with world-class track and field athletes, the ministry moved to Madison, Wisconsin in the fall of 2005.
In the fall of 2014, 4 Winds changed to work in all sports. Steve and Liz have ministered through nine Olympics.
They have three kids who are married. Combined they earned five degrees.
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