Steve Pero

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Steve Pero - Deb and I after running the San Juan Solstice 50 Miler
Deb and I after running the San Juan Solstice 50 Miler

“Life is short, play hard!”

City: Jemez Springs State: NM

Favorite Shoe: La Sportiva Crosslites Size: 13

Age: 69.4 years old

Marital Status: Married to Deb

Family members:
Wife Deb...Gibbs and Marley, the pups, Murphy and Harley, the boy cats and various children (human) in their 20's and 30's, Mike, Ben, Kristin, Josh, Beth...
and several grandkids spread out all over the country.

What I do for work:
Sr. Mechanical Designer

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Somerville and Medford, Ma. (Suburbs of Boston)
Jaffrey, NH.
Los Alamos, NM.
Jemez Springs, NM. (where I am now, where it's in the mountains and in a log home at 8100')

When I started running and what got me started:
1975 after watching Bill Rodgers win the Boston Marathon, setting a new American record of 2:09:55.

What does running mean to me:
It is how I escape stress....
It is how I get to be outside in the forest...
It is how I spend my best time with Deb....
It has become who I really am.

Running accomplishments:
Many road bests which go from a 4:55 mile at age 30 to a 2:48 marathon.
Many ultras including a Hardrock, Wasatch, Bighorn, MMT (several X), Old Dominion and Vermont 100 finishes.
Many 50's and 50K's run over the past 10 years. My first ultra was in 1986, where I quit running them for another 10 years.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Being outdoors in the forest for many hours/days.

Favorite running trail and why:
Anything on the Hardrock 100 course.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Hardrock 100

Best running experience:
Running a double Prezi in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with Deb in was our real first date!

This was my story in Running Through the Wall...

Worst running experience:
Anything in the heat....Vermont 1999! 103 degrees!

Neatest thing found on a run:

Running related bathroom stop story:
I stopped for a pit stop late on the 2nd day at Hardrock just after Maggie Gulch, while heading up towards Buffalo Boy. I walked aways off the trail because it was up over 13K and there were no trees. I took care of business and it was so hard and dry, it rolled down the hill towards the aid station. I then got up quick to get back on the trail and looked and saw a trail marker right beside me. I had gotten "on" trail to take care of business! That's what Hardrock can do to your head late in the race!

Running pet peeves:
Headphones in the forest.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I once was a 190 pound body builder and played semi pro football.

Other hobbies and interests:

Other stuff:
Reading "Again to carthage" sequel to "Once A Runner"...
To run a sub 19 minute 5K again...
To run a sub 3:30 marathon again...
To someday run the Pike's Peak Marathon!

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