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Weekend Warrior: Charles Hurst, 58

BIRTHPLACE: Marion, AR

JOB: Retired from the software business, Mentor for Start Co., and member of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Executive Committee

SPORT: Running

FAMILY AND PETS: Wife of 36 years: Suzanne, 2 Children, 2 Grandchildren, 8-year-old black lab.

FIT CLUB: Germantown Thoroughbreds, Memphis Runners Track Club, and Co-Coordinator of the Pace Teams for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon.

WW HALL OF FAME: Finishing the Arkansas Traveller 100-mile run in 2012 and carrying my granddaughter across the finish line. Also, completing as a solo finisher the 126.2 mile Rouge Orleans Race in 2013, where my friend, John Phillips, and I ran from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.

PRICELESS: Running a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot with my son every year for over 20 years.

MOST MEMORABLE WW EVENT: In 2010, I ran the 2500th anniversary of the original marathon in Athens Greece, along the same course Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens.

I RUNNING: I love that running is a sport where everyone can participate and your competition is you. Long distance running also allows you to physically and mentally test levels most don’t experience.

IN TRAINING FOR: The JFK 50 Miler in November in Maryland. This is a bucket list run for me because it is the oldest ultra marathon in the U.S.

“Long distance running also allows you to physically and mentally test levels most don’t experience.“

WW MUST-HAVE’S: Hoka Clifton 2 shoes, Garmin 220, and sunscreen.

POWERSONG: Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” —as the song says “..it’s now or never. I ain’t gonna live forever.”

BEST EATS: Several favorites: Elwood’s Shack (fish tacos), Pete & Sam’s (manicotti and mini pizzas), the Arcade (sweet potato pancakes) and for special occasions, Restaurant Iris (everything is good there).

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE FAMOUS WOULD YOU CHOOSE: Sir Richard Branson and Teddy Roosevelt. I like people with big ideas.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.

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