Pacer Profile: Andy Styer

Besides running, what other hobbies, interests, or passions do you have?

This is an easy one, and those of you who are friends with me or follow me on social media know the only thing I talk about more than running is my cats. Over the years my cat family has been anywhere from 2 cats to 7 cats. This past year after losing 2 of them to old age, I adopted a pair of 8-year-old cats (brother and sister), and I also adopted 4 kitten brothers who needed a good home : )

How has your relationship evolved with running over the years?

For one, my distances have increased as I have become more seasoned. I found it more fun to go far than to go fast. Although I do like to do a quick and fast race at times, my home is really in the 50k – 100k distance. Additionally, when I first started running, it was all about challenging myself, but as I matured, it became more about inspiring others and helping my runner friends reach their goals. 

What is a bucket list race for you?

Although I am most at home on the trails, one race I really want to do sometime is the Big Sur Marathon in California. 

Would you like to give a shoutout to another Pagoda Pacer member who has been super influential and inspiring in your life? Who and why?

This is an easy one for me. One of my best friends out there, Gary Gehret. I am not sure if he is in the Pacers any longer (since he moved to Lancaster a few years back), but I know running changed his life drastically for many reasons. And I can say it has for me as well. I actually forget what life was like before running!

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