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Cosmo taps LHS grad for Bachelor Blowout

October 13, 2005

Lansing High School graduate Nick Runnebaum is the hottest eligible bachelor in Kansas, at least according to Cosmopolitan.

Runnebaum is one of 50 men from across the country featured in the magazine's Bachelor Blowout in the November issue, on newsstands now.

Runnebaum says he's a little surprised by his new title.

"This started as a joke," he said.

Runnebaum said one of his friends told him she was going to send Cosmo his name, picture and a short bio to see if he could be featured in the Bachelor Blowout. Runnebaum gave her the go-ahead, he said, not thinking anything would come of it. To his surprise, "Sure enough, they called back," he said.

This summer, Cosmo flew Runnebaum to New York for a photo shoot in The Hamptons with about 15 other featured bachelors. He returned to New York this week to promote the issue, appearing Wednesday along with his fellow bachelors on NBC's "Today" morning show and "Live with Regis and Kelly."

In the magazine and online at cosmopolitan.com, Runnebaum is shown lying in a hammock, shirtless.

"It's a bad picture, but it's all right," he said.

The magazine says, "Besides being drool-worthy eye candy, these bachelors have big brains, big hearts : and are dying to meet you." Each bachelor has an e-mail address listed for women to contact them. Runnebaum said he'd received about 10 e-mails so far from all over the country. He said the e-mails "may be a good way to meet people," but he said it "wasn't a thought in my mind" when he allowed his friend to submit his information.

Runnebaum has some previous experience in modeling; earlier this year, he was featured in a Butterfingers ad that ran in several national magazines. Now, with a feature in Cosmo to add to his resume, he said he has interviewed with eight modeling agencies in New York and considered moving there. He also has an agent through Voices&, a modeling agency in Kansas City, Mo.

The University of Saint Mary business student is poised to graduate in December, and he has two jobs this semester, on top of his 21-hour course load at school: two days a week, he works running background checks at Fort Leavenworth; soon, he will begin coaching basketball at Lansing Middle School. It is his first time to coach the girls, whose season runs October through December. He will also coach the boys for the third time from December through February.

Runnebaum expressed some anxiety about coaching the girls' team this year, but not about the additional strain on his time.

"I don't know how to motivate 'em," he said. "Boys are easier - you can yell at 'em."

There are only so many hours in a day, but Runnebaum said his packed schedule was "manageable."

"It's amazing. I don't know how it's working, but it's working right now," he said.

With graduation on the horizon, Runnebaum, 25, says he's considering his options for the future. He said he had narrowed his choice of New York agencies to three, "if I even want to go that route."

Runnebaum said he was happy to be a part of Cosmo's bachelor lineup, but he said he didn't know if he wanted to pursue modeling as a career. It's a tough industry, he said. Plus, he said he didn't think he fit the mold of the average model.

"People think a certain way about models and actors, and that's just not how I am," he said.

While Runnebaum said he was keeping his modeling options open, he said modeling was just his back-up plan right now.

"That's not what I want to do at all," he said. "It's just what I do when I have time to make extra cash."

The lifestyle is just unappealing, Runnebaum said - he said he didn't want to rely on others to get him a job and he didn't like the inconsistency the industry brings.

"You're in one minute, you're out the next. : It's just not my kind of thing," he said. "I like consistency."

Instead, he said he'd like to find a job in medical supply sales.

"I love sales. It's a tough, tough job, but once you get good at it, it becomes easy," Runnebaum said.

He said he had friends in the industry who he hoped could help him get a foot in the door. He said he would start interviewing for jobs soon so he can plan for life after college. Right now, he can only guess where the future will take him.

"Most likely I'll end up in Colorado," he said. "I'm kind of an outdoors guy."

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