What is your favorite race, and why?
Strolling Jim 40 Mile Run; Cause it is a classic race, only about 1 hour drive away and so beautiful but VERY challenging. I have also run it 30 years in a row! Every year since I was 21
What is your worst training habit?
Continuing to race and train when I should be resting
What is your proudest running moment?
In 2000, I set a course record at the Sylamore 50k Trail Run (3:40:37) One week later, another course record at Mt Mitchell 40 mile Trail Run (4:57:50) it was the first sub 5 hour ever run there. Then, one week later, for the third weekend in a row, another course record at The Mississippi 50 mile trail run (5:55:41) It was most special because Carl Touchstone was there, he had cancer and would die just a few months later, we were good friends. The race is now called "Carl Touchstone 50 mile trail Run" It is still the only sub 6 hour 50 mile time ever Run at this race.
What is your favorite quote, and why?
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves" Edmund Hillary.
I started running in 1978 with my Dad. Growing up in small town Gadsden, I had no opportunity to run XC or track. By 1981 I ran my first marathon in 2:56:35 at age 16, a state record that still stands. At age 21 I ran my first 100 miler. With all that life has to offer, family, raising kids and all of its peaks and valleys, running has always been a focal point for me. Along with my wife Suzanne, Running has been so important to me that we opened Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville 10 years ago. I have made my life revolve around running completely.
After suffering a stroke (SAH) in the summer of 2012, I decided to participate in my first Tri season in 2013. It began in June at Mach Tenn Sprint Tri and ended in Oct with Great Floridian Full distance 140.6 miles despite not having ever swam until Feb 2013. My highlight Tri was at Augusta Ironman 70.3, the largest 70.3 in the world (3500 competitors). With a time of 4:28, it was good enough for 4th in the men's age division 45-49, 50th overall and was a top 10 percent performance in the world age group rankings in 2013.