WEEKEND WARRIOR: Jack Tucker, 61


JOB: FedEx Services – an IT Finance group called Strategic Business Planning

SPORT: Golf, running, swimming, and biking

FAMILY: Wife – Paula of 37 years, 2 wonderful children, 5 beautiful grandkids. Two dogs also roam our house.

FIT CLUB: Memphis in Motion: a running group led by Mark Higginbotham.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: New marathon PR (4:33) at the 2015 Rocket City Marathon. Currently hold my age-group mileage record at the Tour d’Esprit (71 miles) – 2015 event.

“The fitness benefits of running are obvious, but without a doubt it’s all about the great folks that I’ve met along the way.”

MOST MEMORABLE WW EVENT: The 2013 Carl Touchstone 50 Mile Trail Run. This was my first 50-miler and I made the cutoff! Sadly, I was too exhausted to celebrate crossing the finish line.

I RUNNING: I didn’t start running with a purpose until 2008. The fitness benefits of running are obvious, but without a doubt it’s all about the great folks that I’ve met along the way. The camaraderie is something special.

CROSS-TRAINING: I decided to participate in triathlons again, so swimming and biking are my cross training efforts for now.

IN TRAINING FOR: I will be attempting my first Ironman 70.3 in Augusta, GA on September 25, 2016. The goal is survival.

WW MUST-HAVE’S: My Garmin Vivofit has been great for tri training. My best training “tool” this year has been Molly Pickering, my swim coach!

BEST EATS: Babalu—love the fresh guacamole.

FAMOUS DINNER COMPANIONS: The first moon landing in 1969 was perhaps man’s greatest all-time adventure and I was awestruck. It would have to be dinner with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford—a recommendation from my son.

BINGEWATCH: House of Cards, Longmire, and The Blacklist.

MOTIVATION/INSPIRATION: Knowing how much better I feel after losing 25 lbs over the last several years is motivating. And I don’t want it back. Anybody that is making an effort to run or workout in the Memphis summer humidity inspires me!

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.

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