Age and Hometown: 34 years old Sidney, Michigan
Current Resident of: Lake City, Michigan
Family: Wife: Jennifer and Son: Logan
Years Running: 10
Why do you run: Both of my parents had heart attacks before they were 40 years old, my own weight was increasing, and my diet was horrible. So, my wife, who’s an Exercise Specialist in Cardiac Rehabilitation, told me I needed to start doing something to prevent myself from following in my family’s footsteps. I decided I needed to find a way to improve my health. On January 1, 2008 I started running and I’ve never looked back. I’ve also found it’s a great stress reliever after a day at work.
Running Accomplishments: Finishing 10th in the TCTC Grand Prix circuit in 2017. I finished with 247 points in 21 events. 10 of the 21 events were races I had never done before, but now I am planning to add some of them to my list of yearly races.
Favorite Race(s): Greatest 4th in the North 10K – Lake City, Michigan; Kingsley Heritage Days 5K – Kingsley, Michigan; Mackinaw Fall Colors Bridge Race – Mackinac City, Michigan; Higgins Lake Sunrise Run Half Marathon – Roscommon, Michigan; Marion Old Fashioned Days 5K – Marion, Michigan
Favorite Running Race Distance: 10K
Favorite Pre-race meal: Night before: baked spaghetti; Morning of: whole wheat Bagel with butter and peanut butter.
Any Goals for 2018: To complete the Higgins Lake Sunrise Run Half Marathon. In June 2017, while running the Higgins Lake Sunrise Run Half Marathon I collapsed less than 200 yards from the finish line. I had no warnings and was taken by ambulance to Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital where I stayed for two and a half days in critical care. My doctors said it was rhabdomyolysis and after a total of four days of not running, per my doctor, I started running and luckily have had no issues or problems since. It was a scary moment, but I’ve changed a lot of my pre-race tactics now.
Favorite Running Quote: “Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see” – Jimmy Buffett
Best running advice given to me: Run your fastest, do your best, and most importantly, have fun!
Dumbest running moment: Earlier on in my “racing career”, September 2012 to be exact, while participating at a 5K run at the Rainbow of Hope Farm in Kingsley, Michigan. Fellow TCTC Racing Team Member, Chris Stark, and I were leading the race and enjoying conversation while running.
Well, we apparently didn’t look at the map correctly before the event, and/or failed to follow the arrows on the course, and/or zigged when we should have zagged, and ended up running approximately one half mile longer than we should have. So, instead of me finishing second to Chris, I ended up third place overall as another individual who ran the correct distance got ahead of me at the end.
What other interests do you have outside of running? There is time in life outside of work and running? Truthfully, spending time with my soon-to- be 6 year old son and whatever adventure he can get us into.
How do you feel about and how do you plan to represent the Traverse City Track Club as a Race Team member? It’s an honor to be involved with such a great group of people. While I don’t consider myself to be super-fast, I’m a strong advocate for running and how it can change your life. I’ve been a big supporter of the TCTC since I joined in January 2016. By participating in races in the Lake City, Houghton Lake and Higgins Lake areas, which unfortunately are not large running communities, I feel that I can promote awareness of the TCTC and promote all we do to those who may not know, or have never heard of us.