Weekend Warrior: Jeff White ~ Trail Runner + Road Cyclist

AGE: 43

BIRTHPLACE: Atlanta, GA

OCCUPATION: Director of Technology at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School

FAMILY: Wife, Kimberly; sons, Max (14) and Marley (12); dogs, Pez and Mr. Big

FIT CLUB: I’m more of a solo runner, but I coach the GSL Middle School Cross-Country team, so in the fall I run with 30-40 amazing middle schoolers at Overton Park.

WW BRAGGING RIGHTS: Last race was the Cooper-Young 4-miler where I placed 2nd in my age group (26:45).

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Completing my first marathon, Memphis St. Jude, as a hero. This year will be my fourth.

I TRAILS: I love being outdoors, experiencing nature, discovering unexpected wildlife, and staying in good shape. I have also grown to appreciate the camaraderie of the Memphis running scene.

FITNESS MOTIVATION: I want to be as healthy as possible so I can keep up with my boys.

CROSS-TRAIN: I bike the Greenline and Shelby Farms, I take yoga classes in the science room at GSL, and I box with a heavy bag in my garage.

“I love being outdoors, experiencing nature, discovering unexpected wildlife, and staying in good shape.”

WW GEAR: Nothing special—I wear a Flip Belt to carry my phone, which I keep in a ziplock bag, and I like wearing a hat. Good socks are pretty important too.

BUCKET LIST: I want to take my family on an RV trip across the country.

BEST EATS: Lately, I’ve been enjoying the roof at Aldo’s Pizza on Cooper. The Bring out the Gump pie with a Tiny Bomb is hard to beat.

I WOULD LIKE TO DINE WITH: Jerry Garcia, to learn all about his effortless mastery of music. And maybe Bob Dylan, Pablo Picasso, and John Lennon. I guess it would be more of a dinner party.

BESIDES RUNNING WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN: I play guitar, banjo, drums, a little piano, and a handful of other instruments. I get together with friends pretty regularly to make music.

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Just finished “Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck.

BINGEWATCH: Lately, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War” on PBS.

INDULGENCE: Good guitars and good beer.

MANTRA: Just say yes and figure out the rest.

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Philip Murphy.

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