Richard Nicholas


Age and Hometown: 47, Vanderbilt, MI

Current Resident of: Williamsburg

Family: Emily (daughter), Hunter (son)

Years Running: 4

Why do you run: Running is another way for me to maintain a healthy, and active lifestyle, stay competitive, and being motivation for others to run. My children have started running, and I enjoy the opportunity to run with them, and spend the quality time together.

Running Accomplishments: I ran my first 5k 2 months after I started running. Ran my first half, and full marathon races the following year. My biggest accomplishment was qualifying for Boston at Bayshore marathon in 2015. Also, having the opportunity to run races around the world in an attempt to complete the 6 world major marathon races.

Since I started running in 2013, I’ve placed in my age group at a number of races, and finished 1st, 2nd overall, and masters in a few 5k races.

Favorite Race(s): Bayshore Marathon – Traverse City, MI, Irish Double (8k & 5k) race – Bay City, MI, Marquette Marathon – Ishpeming, MI, Frozen Foot 5 mile – Traverse City, MI

Favorite Running Race Distance: 5k, 50k

Favorite Pre-race meal: Spaghetti 2 days before a marathon, honey & toast for breakfast day of the half marathon, and no special pre-race meal for 5k-10k .

Any Goals for 2018: I’m hoping to set a new 5k PR this year at a local race.

Favorite Running Quote: “A goal without actions is just a dream” - Unknown

Best running advice given to me: Learn to read my body, and rest when it needs rest from running.

Dumbest running moment: Running the Chicago marathon when I wasn’t ready. I should’ve deferred that race until the following year.

What other interests do you have outside of running? Xcountry skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking/backcountry camping, cycling, and gardening.

How do you feel about and how do you plan to represent the Traverse City Track Club as a Race Team member?

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to represent the track club, as a race team member. During my time as a member of the Traverse City Track Club, I have always tried to promote the club positive, and motivating ways. As a race team member, I’ll have even more opportunities to promote, and be an example of what the club is about, and type of members involved in the club.

I plan to continue promoting and being present at local races, fun runs, and other events as a representative of the track club.