Chris Stark

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Age and Hometown:  Newberry, MI

Current Resident of:  Kingsley, MI

Family:  Wife Jessica, son Eric (7), daughter Allison (5), Madilyn (7 months)

Years Running:  This is my 7th year of running. I was on my high school track team, but refused to run, I only threw discus.

Why do you run: I began running to help deal with anxiety and depression due to PTSD. Although it still helps me cope with this, it has come to mean so much more. Having the opportunity to be a healthy role model for my children motivates me each day.

Running Accomplishments:  Represented TCTC in the 2017 Boston Marathon. Ran a BQ in each of my first three marathons. 2017 TCTC Grand Prix winner and Male Runner of the Year. Several overall and age group awards over the past couple of years.

Favorite Race(s):  Kingsley Heritage Days 5k (my wife and I are race directors so I'm obligated). Also anything on Mackinac Island or across the Mackinac Bridge, and any event where we get to spend time with our TCTC running family!

Favorite Running Race Distance:  Half-marathon

Favorite Pre-race meal:  Pizza and coconut water

Any Goals for 2018:  Although I would like to qualify for Boston again at Bayshore, my main goal this year is to support my wife as she returns to competitive running after the birth of our third child.

Favorite Running Quote:  Our family running moto – “Do your best and have fun!”

Best running advice given to me:   Relax, and run fast.

Dumbest running moment: Taking a wrong turn at the 2017 Running Bear 5k and having to run through several sections of woods and subdivisions to find the finish line. I lost several places, but was still able to come home with a second place award for my age group.

What other interests do you have outside of running? Hunting, fishing, camping and spending time back home in the UP.

How do you feel about and how do you plan to represent the Traverse City Track Club as a Race Team member? I am extremely proud to represent the TCTC. Each time I put on my racing singlet, I think about the tremendous organization, and the group of people I am representing. Being a member of the team is an honor that I try to not take lightly. As a team member I try to always race hard, practice sportsmanship to others, and support my teammates and other members of the club.