Chris Stark

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Age and Hometown:  36 - Newberry, MI

Current Resident of:  Kingsley, MI

Years Running:  8 Years

Why do you run: As a lifelong larger person, dealing with anxiety and depression, I began running to become a better person, physically and mentally, for my family. I hated running for most of my life, but now it has become such a big part of me that I cannot imagine being without it. I also have to train hard to keep my son from passing me!

Running Accomplishments:  4 time Boston qualifier, 2017 TCTC Male Runner of the year, 2017 TCTC Grand Prix male champion, Several overall and age group awards. Helping to pass along a love of running to my children

Favorite Race(s):  Kingsley Heritage Days 5k (co-race director with my wife)
As a former EMT the 9/11 Honor Run is very special for me

Favorite Running Race Distance:  Half-marathon

Favorite Pre-race meal:  Pizza and coconut water

Any Goals for 2019:  Improve my time at my second Boston Marathon, lower my 5k PR, and be a good teammate.

Favorite Running Quote:  “The worst part of most training runs is getting to the end of the driveway”

Best running advice given to me:   Just keep going.

Dumbest running moment: Took a wrong turn at the 2017 Running Bear 5k and ended up traveling through a couple of subdivisions and swaps to reach the finish line. Although it added to the distance, I still managed 2nd in my age group. At the same race in 2018, I was pushed from behind at the start and ended up tackling my 8 year old son. We both got up and ended up placing at the race!

What other interests do you have outside of running? Hunting and fishing, spending time in the UP, and watching my kids in sports and dance.

How do you feel about and how do you plan to represent the Traverse City Track Club as a Race Team member? I am very honored to represent the TCTC as a member of the Racing Team. Each time I put on my singlet I am reminded of how far I've come since I started running, and how I would like to help inspire others as an ambassador to such a wonderful organization. I like to think that I represent the team well through competitiveness as well as with sportsmanship and honor. The TCTC has given so much to me and my family, that I just hope I can continue to give back as much as I can.