Paul Longenderfer

Club Member Since 8/23/2003

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City: New York State: NY

Favorite Shoe: North Face Ultra 100 Size: 13

Age: 39.8 years old

Marital Status: Single

What I do for work:
Marketing for American Express

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Shippensburg, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Hoboken, NJ
New York, NY
Lancaster, PA

Moved back home (Lancaster) after living in NYC for six years and being three blocks away from 9/11.....

When I started running and what got me started:
Started in High School as cross training for Soccer. Kept it up during college still as cross training for Soccer. No time for Soccer after college, so just started running and competing in Triathlons.

What does running mean to me:
An escape, a fitness test, a meeting place

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
JFK 50, Mt. Mitchell Challenge, Pikes Peak Marathon (4x), 30+ other road and trail marathons, five Ironman and various other tris and running events.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The escape into the wilderness to places where most people only see in pictures.

Favorite running trail and why:
The black hills of Custer State Park in South Dakota. Wonderful trails, the smell of Pine trees and the overlooks reward you with miles and miles of views.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Marathon. It's a different race every time I run it. Ok, that was only twice! It challenges, punishes and rewards you all in 26.2 miles.

Best running experience:
Hiking in the black hills of South Dakota when I decided to wear my trail running shoes and just started running. The trails are very nice to run on and the scenery is beautiful.

Worst running experience:
Running in Central Park (NYC) during a lightning storm which was striking the buildings all around the park. The rain was so heavy I had to take off my sunglasses to see! The few brave souls who were still running would huddle to the ground every time the lightning would strike and the thunder would boom. Now wait, this may have been my best experience!

Neatest thing found on a run:
20 dollars, it was great to buy a sandwich and Gatorade after a long run with my found money!

Running related bathroom stop story:
five miles from my house running in central park. Couldn't find a bathroom in the park, decided to go in the woods. Too many homeless people in the section of woods where I was located, so I ran/slogged/walked the fifty blocks left to barely make it up the five flights of stairs to my apartment.

Running pet peeves:
Rollerbladers who swerve and almost hit you (unique to metropolitan areas).

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I was an All American Soccer player in college.

Other hobbies and interests:
Triathlons, dogs (I have two black labs), music, reading

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