What got you out running/walking for the first time?
When I first came to Modesto, way back in the last century, my girlfriend, now wife, Karen lived on Tully Road between Mr. T’s and the canal. I was used to climbing mountains and cycling wherever I happened to be but after a couple of days without a mountain or a bike I was forced to step out of the front door and run on the canal. I ran 13 miles and wondered if it was the furthest anyone had ever run. Now, 30 years later I am still running that same canal!
What’s a song that helps pick up your pace?
‘The hills are alive with the sound of music’ – helps me run up hills. But I just sing it to myself; I don’t use headphones.
What is the race medal you are most proud of and why?
I think the ‘Lewis and Clark’ race across Washington State held one time for the 150th anniversary of the state. A real race of attrition. I won because I was the only runner who finished the race! And my expedition adventure race trophies.
What is your dream race or location for a run?
The East side of the Sierras is a magical area. If there was a 50 miler south of Mono Lake in the forest there, it would have spectacular views and I would enter it.
What is your favorite trail to run?
Right now, I like Peoria Hills area, but I enjoy whatever trail I am lucky enough to run on. Of course we are lucky to have the iconic Western States trail close enough to enjoy too.
What’s your favorite race distance?
Probably 100 miles but I really like weird extremely long events.
What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you or that you have seen on the trail?
One time in WS100 I was pacing my brother and we reached the No Hands Bridge aid station only 4 miles or so from the finish. He chugged some drink and a bite to eat then walked to the rail of the bridge and threw up. “I’m out” he said as he hung over the edge. I shouted back ‘No, no, you can still do it, just rest for a bit, don’t drop out’.
’…out of the aid station’ he replied and ran off strongly across the bridge. I was both amused and relieved.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not running?
Watching sports, reading, writing, cycling, camping and climbing.
Who are your running heroes? Who inspires you?
Roger Bannister (broke the 4 minute mile), Sebastian Coe (British middle distance runner), Ann Trason (amazing women ultrarunner).
Describe the moment you realized you were a “runner”.
When after 2 days of not running I realized I really needed to go run.
What are your goals?
Run Western States one more time and break the World One Hour cycling record for 100 – 110 age group.
What’s your favorite beer (or other drink if you don’t drink beer)?
Difficult question… Coors Light or PBR. (I hope that doesn’t get me kicked out of the runner of the month)!