Mark VanderKlipp

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Age and Hometown: 53, Grand Rapids

Current Resident of: Traverse City (25 years)

Family: 2 legged: Suzanne, Big Al and Charlie. 4 legged: Bingo and Hobbes

Years Running: 38

Why do you run: For community, friendship and the daily challenge of discipline and self-improvement. And cocktails.

Running Accomplishments: I’m proud to say that I’m still running after 38 years! Isn’t that enough? And the pinnacle of those years was the 2016 Boston Marathon finish.

Favorite Race(s): Bayshore Marathon, Charlevoix Half, Leapin’ Leprechaun, Farmland 5K, Harbor Days 10K, Cherry Fest 15K, Zombie Run

Favorite Running Race Distance: Half Marathon

Favorite Pre-race meal: Thai Chicken Pizza from Maddy’s in Interlochen

Any Goals for 2018: bounce back from a year-long injury that limited me in 2017. Represent the Racing Team in at least 25 races in 2018, and qualify for Boston at Bayshore on Memorial Weekend

Favorite Running Quote: “Pain, sweat and exhaustion are temporary; finishing Boston is forever”

Best running advice given to me: Hire a coach - there’s only so much you can do on your own.

Dumbest running moment: Running (and barely finishing) a 5K race after pulling an all-nighter with family at the hospital, then driving from Grand Rapids for the race. Sometimes, you just gotta say no.

What other interests do you have outside of running? I started two new companies, in 2016 and 2017. Those pretty much occupy all of my time outside of running!

How do you feel about and how do you plan to represent the Traverse City Track Club as a Race Team member? This is my 4th year on the team and I’m still honored to be part of this group. Such great runners at all levels, and such good people! Glad to be back for 2018!