Mark Schenberger

Club Member Since 7/20/2016

"Hills are speedwork in disguise" - Frank Shorter

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Hoka (Clifton) Size: 11

Age: 28.3 years old

Family members:
Mom, dad, and dog back in South Jersey.

What I do for work:
School and Family Coordinator at Kids on Bikes. AmeriCorps Vista Position.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Berlin, NJ, Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!), Philadelphia, PA, (starting in August) Colorado Springs

When I started running and what got me started:
Sophomore/Junior year of High School (2009). I signed up for Indoor track to help get in shape for baseball season...and then I quit baseball. The rest is history.

What does running mean to me:
A chance to be free, to explore new places, and (most importantly) an excuse to eat a lot of food.

Running accomplishments:
Mediocre high school runner in NJ. Attempted to walk on to the Ohio State Varsity team, failed. 2nd place (1:12:50) at ODDyssey Half Marathon in Philly, 2:34:40 at Philadelphia Marathon, 53:53 at the Broad Street 10-Miler, and a few other half-decent races. I was also jokingly asked to play running back for the Browns after making a last second juke around a pole during an XC race.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The extra shiftiness and dodging required. While I like striding it out on straight flats just as much as the next guy, having to take shorter strides, dodge roots, and jump over rocks and logs adds another challenge. In a childish sense, I almost act like I'm a running back or hockey player deking through the other team. Oddly enough, this is also why I like running in crowded downtowns.

Favorite running trail and why:
The single track in Wissahickon Valley Park. A system of 20+ miles of beautiful trails within the city limits of Philadelphia featuring grueling switchbacks, numerous rocks and roots, and a great creek to cool off in.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Belmont Plateau, the regular cross country course in Philly. It's got everything you could want in an XC course, open grass loop, a great few of the Philadelphia skyline, and the brutal Parachute Hill.

Best running experience:
MY first half-marathon, the Columbus (Ohio) Half Marathon. It was my first race in a new city during my freshman year of college. I was hoping to run 1:20 and ended up finishing just under 1:15 with my family and dog watching. It was the first time I realized that I might be pretty good at this running thing.

Worst running experience:
My first half-ironman. Went a bit too hard on the bike and the first few miles of the run. Absolutely blew up and had to run/walk the next 10 miles.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Caledsi Island. While in Clearwater, FL on Spring Break a few friends and I went out for a run along the beach. After a few miles we found this trail that turned out to be a state park with snakes, turtles, and other wildlife in what is one of the few undeveloped stretches on Florida's gulf coast.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I've actually been pretty lucky with these so far. Though I've almost missed the start of quite a few races.

Running pet peeves:
General rudeness on the streets/trails, groups walking 5 wide on the sidewalk, people that yell "Run Forest Run" (be original, at least)

Other hobbies and interests:
Bicycle infrastructure, and other city planning related issues. Avid Philadelphia and Ohio State sports fan.

Other stuff:
Just moving out to Colorado Springs and hoping to find some people to explore the trails with. Coming back from some injuries so just trying to stay healthy and train for some fun races.

Page last modified: 7/20/2016

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