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"But ultra [running] is not a fun-running sport. It's only for unique souls." -- Yiannis Kouros
City: Parker State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Salomon Speedcross Size: 11
Age: 44.2 years old
Marital Status: Married
Anne (wife), Noah (son), Nicholas (dog), Calvin and W (cats)
What I do for work:
Communications Manager, Health Care & Health Coverage, Colorado Health Foundation
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
We moved to Colorado from Ohio in the spring of 2010, basically starting a whole new life here. I have always wanted to live in Colorado--even when I was a kid--because of the mountains and unique culture here. Other places I've lived include Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina (graduaate school), Kansas, West Virginia (high school, college), Tennessee (high school) Maryland (elementary and middle school), and South Carolina (birthplace).
When I started running and what got me started:
I've always been a runner, but I got serious about it in 2004 and ran my first marathon that year. I ran my first ultra in 2005 and my first 100-miler in 2007. For me, running is a natural form of self-expression.
What does running mean to me:
Running provides challenge, balance, stress relief and escape.
Sub 25-hrs., Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run (2010 and 2011)
1st OA, Mohican Trail 100-Mile Run (2009)
9th OA, USA 24-Hour National Championship (2009)
4th OA, Mohican Trail 100-Mile Run (2008)
1st OA, Winter Buckeye Trail 50K (2008)
6th OA, Burning River 100-Mile Run (2007)
Runner of the Year, Cleveland Southeast Running Club (2007)
What I like about trail/mountain running:
The total focus of running on a trail, and the sheer effort and patience it takes to run in the mountains.
Favorite running trail and why:
Incline and Barr Trail--challenging, scenic and peaceful.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Leadville 100-Mile Run--challenging and runnable with a few mountains spinkled in.
Best running experience:
Winning the 2009 Mohican Trail 100. I took the lead at about mile 85 and never relented, running through the mile-95 aid station (without stopping, though I did quickly grab some soup) and winning by 22 minutes in hot, humid, and muddy conditions.
Also, though my result at the 2009 24-hour national championship (130.67 miles and 9th overall) was disappointing, I did manage to raise money for Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital through my run.
Worst running experience:
2012 Leadville 100--knee blew up on Hope Pass, forcing me to DNF at Winfield.
Neatest thing found on a run:
Running related bathroom stop story:
Many stories to tell from the 2008 Mohican 100-Mile Run, where I developed wicked GI problems at mile 80 and quickly ran out of of toilet paper. The leaves chafed me so badly that I ran like a duck.
Running pet peeves:
Drivers who won't get over for you and instead try to buzz you. I feel sorry for people who have that much hate in them.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I used to weigh 220 pounds but around 2002 my wife forced some dietary changes. We adopted whole grains and cut back on simple sugars, red meat and other bad stuff and over the course of a few years I dropped about 55 pounds. Today I'm about 167. I've cut out pork and we eat far less meat than we used to.
Other hobbies and interests:
Writing, reading, history
Favorite thing to do with family: Go on a hike.
Favorite food: Pizza
Second-favorite food: Salad
Favorite recovery food: Spinach protein shake
Favorite restaurant: Egg & I
Goal: Sub 20 hours at Leadville
Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction
Advice: Never give up
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