Tom Everson

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Tom Everson - From left to right - my son, Matthew, brother, Mike, and yours truly.
From left to right - my son, Matthew, brother, Mike, and yours truly.

““Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead”

City: Omaha State: NE

Favorite Shoe: Brooks Adrenaline Trail Size: 13

Age: 64.2 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Wife, Wendy, and children, Matthew, Michael, Sean, and Erin - 8 brothers and sisters. 52 nieces and nephews (yes!) and one great nephew.

What I do for work:
I am founder and executive director of a non-profit, Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. Our organization works with communities, neighborhoods, schools, and businesses on traffic safety issues - speeding, stop-sign running, tailgating, seat belt use, etc. Learn more at

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Fort Dix, NJ, Yokahama, Japan, Colorado Springs, Paris, France, back to Colorado Springs, St. Louis, MO, Houston, TX, Kalamazoo, MI, and currently in Omaha, NE. Omaha has been a good place to raise our family, but look forward to the day to return to Colorado.

When I started running and what got me started:
Began running in May of 1977 after a friend told me I was getting fat. I vowed to begin running until she said I was skinny. 3 months and 30 pounds (less) later, I was hooked for life - 32 years and counting - although I weigh considerably more now in my middle age!

What does running mean to me:
Running is my time for quiet and reflection. It is creative time. It is regenerative time. Most of my most creative and successful ideas have come while out running. This includes the idea for Keep Kids Alive Drive 25.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Thanks for asking. I rarely think of my running in terms of accomplishments, but here are a few.

-A 29:45 five mile time for the Greentree Road Race in Kirkwood, MO in 1978. I was 21 and lean,
-Completed 3 marathons with a best time of 3:30.45 at age 40 - St. Louis.
-Completed 3 Pike's Peak Ascents - missing out on finishing a 4th due to last year's weather.
-Co-Founded the track team at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, MO in 1981. Most fun I had while teaching high school. Had a state qualifier in the 3200 our first year.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
When I have the rare opportunity to do trail running, I appreciate the solitude and the beauty of the landscape. It is a time to appreciate the privilege of being a part of creation.

Favorite running trail and why:
In Omaha, it is probably the Lake Zorinsky Trail. Any visitor who runs the 7.3 mile loop around the lake would be hard-pressed to believe they were in the city, let alone in Nebraska. Lots of natural beauty and wildlife - mostly deer, wild turkeys, and the occassional coyote.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
The Pike's Peak Ascent. Why? It brings me back home to where I did most of my growing up as a kid. But a bigger reason is it is a focus race that my oldest son and brother run with me as a "Run to Remember" in memory of children from families all over the country who have had members die in traffic incidents.

Best running experience:
Running the Ascent in 2007 for the first time with my then 19 year-old son, Matthew. It was a great bonding time, and our first "Run to Remember" up the Peak. 2009 will be our 3rd. Look for our "Carolina Blue" shirts with the names of all we run in memory of.

Worst running experience:
While a great memory, I had a left calf cramp at mile 8 in the 2007 St. Louis Marathon that became progressively worse. I couldn't shake it, but finished the race - although over an hour over my expected time. I must say in reading this that, if this was my worst experience, life, and running, must be good!

Neatest thing found on a run:
Not a tangible thing that I could pick up. Coming around a bend in Forest Park (St. Louis) in the late 70's, I came upon a bagpiper atop a hill serenading everyone who passed by. It was magic.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I'll pass, although I do have one!

Running pet peeves:
Cyclists who do not announce their presence on trails. Drivers that do not observe stop signs, as if runners/pedestrians do not exist.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I can do a Bee Gees impersonation. Best at the early years! Also, I am a published author.

Other hobbies and interests:
Writing, reading, traveling

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