I first started getting serious about running when I was fifteen. I had started racing amateur motocross at the time, and running became a great tool in my training for endurance and concentration. I also ran track at Wilson High School (mostly hurdles).
My relationship with running had many up and downs. I ran to keep in shape and for enjoyment. In my early thirties, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and I had to stop running. Twenty-five years later, with the help of new modern medication (and with retirement from Alcon, where I worked for forty years), I was able to focus on running again–finally!
Due to my long absence from the running scene, I needed some support and motivation as I got back into it. I found that (and more) from the Pagoda Pacers Athletic Club.
The club has a strong base in the community and is a well-run organization, with many events that members can participate in by running or just helping.
My passion is my family: my wife of 42 years and my two girls. My hobbies now keep me very busy in retirement. I enjoy my time riding my Sportster motorcycle. I go to all the motorcycle events and rallies that I can, especially vintage motorcycle events. I also enjoy outdoor hiking, trout fishing, carpentry, and handy work around the home.
My most memorable race so far was the Sarasota, Florida Half Marathon. My sister came to watch me run, and I was able to set a PR. I even received 1st place in my age group!
My goals for this year are to run the Run for the Ages Trail Run and another half-marathon.
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