Frank "Jeremy" Treadwell

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Age and Hometown: 57, grew up in Sandy Hook, Connecticut

Current Resident of: Traverse City's Central Neighborhood for 23 years

Family: Wife Melinda Mitchell, 2 adult children Mitch and Jamie

Years Running: 39

Why do you run: ? I run mainly for the health benefits but enjoy the fun of racing and the boost in energy and mood I get from regular running. I try moderate how much I run so I can avoid injury and still be running when I’m 100 years old.

Running Accomplishments: : 1980 Detroit Free Press International Marathon. My best 5k time was 18:29, in the 2005 National Cherry Festival. Last year I beat many of my 2016 times for the same races, including a Cherry Fest 5k time of 19:17 and a Bayshore 10k time of 40:42.

Favorite Race(s): Cherry Fest 5k. Bayshore 10k, VASA Trail Run, Dune Dash 4 mile.

Favorite Running Race Distance: : Anywhere from one mile to 10k. I try to avoid longer distances to save wear and tear on my legs.

Favorite Pre-race meal: I like spaghetti the night before, and oatmeal the day of the race.

Any Goals for 2018: Training to beat my best time in the Bayshore 10k, and come in under 40 minutes. With my new teaching job in Onekama, I must race the Onekama Days 5k.

Favorite Running Quote: "With the help of God and true friends, I've come to realize I still have two strong legs, and even wings to fly. So I ain't waistin' time no more."

Best running advice given to me: Come to the weekly fun runs. Regular outings with a peer group will make you a better runner and a better person.

Dumbest running moment: Missing the start of a race while in the Porta-pottie.

What other interests do you have outside of running? Cross country skiing, gardening, singing and playing guitar.

How do you feel about and how do you plan to represent the Traverse City Track Club as a Race Team member? : As a race team member, I feel it is my responsibility to encourage and support other runners. I will do my best to turn around when I cross the finish line. I want cheer for those coming in behind me, and congratulate those who came in before me.