Weekend Warrior: Kirby Long, 26

JOB: Apparel Buyer at Breakaway Running

SPORT: Running

FAMILY: 5 sisters, 1 brother, and 1 niece

FIT CLUB: Breakaway Running Race Team, Swiftwick Athlete Ambassador, RunGum Ambassador, Salty Dogs Running Group (free to join), Breakaway Thursday night GR (free to join), Breakaway Running for a cause.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Mayors Cup 5K in Germantown, PR time—19:53 and 1st in age group.

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Setting a 1:40 PR at the St. Jude 2015 Half Marathon, 20-minutes less than before.

I RUNNING: Running is a community all to itself. We accept everyone and encourage all to join. No matter what level runner you are, you belong.

NEXT CHALLENGE: Bluff City 10K

Running is a community all to itself. We accept everyone and encourage all to join.

WW MUST-HAVE’S: Brooks Launch 3, Garmin 235, Brooks split shorts, Swiftwick socks, My Breakaway Run or Die singlet.

BUCKET LIST: Boston Marathon

BEST EATS: Deli on the Square’s Chicken sandwich with a sweet tea

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE: Nick Simmonds. I would love to pick his brain on how he trains, how he manages to also run his own company, and the 2016 Olympic games.

IF YOU COULD COME BACK AS AN ANIMAL WHAT WOULD YOU BE: Wolf. I have always love the character of a wolf and I even tried to get my mother to let me have one when I was a kid. We settled on a puppy…

PET PEEVE: Trash on the ground. I hate running and seeing it, so I’ll pick it up and throw it away. Litter bugs are the worst.

QUOTE: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” –Steve Prefontaine

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Philip Murphey

 

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