Running has been my focus since the Spring of 1989 when I was introduced to Track at Grafton High School. Over the years I’ve accumulated enough miles to “virtually” run around the Earth and have raced at distances ranging from 200 meters to 50 miles as well as some triathlons and even a duathlon.
Qualifying for the Boston Marathon had been a personal goal of mine since high school when I read an article about the race in a Runners World magazine. From the Spring of 1995 through 2001 I ran a eight marathons with the intention of bettering the 3:10:59 standard. It wasn’t until the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in the Fall of 2001 where I finally got the time I needed (3:08:27) with some help from a friend of mine who prodded me along for the last 13 miles of the effort.
To date I’ve run twenty five marathons, qualifying for the Boston Marathon six times. In recent years, I’ve branched out into both road and trail ultramarathons – which is defined as a race longer than the standard 26.2 mile marathon distance. Most recently, I’ve also competed in snowshoe races during the winter.