CPA, 67, St.Jude Marathon Volunteer
I have been in the MRTC Road Race Series for 28 consecutive years. I’ve never been in the top 3 in any male age category, but I would come in first every year in Women’s 70+.
I have ridden the MS 150 bike ride for 25 years and have been a VIBE for 23 straight years. A VIBE receives $1,000 or more in contributions from supporters. I have ridden 5 JDRF rides of 100 miles each. I just completed my 3rd Big Dam Bridge Ride of 100 miles and trained through Victory Bicycle Studio’s program. I have run 35 full marathons.
The Athens Greece Marathon was my favorite. My wife and I went there to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and we were with a tour group of runners led by Jeff Galloway. That was the first time I tried the 4:1 run/walk method, and it worked for me.
The camaraderie of meeting folks from running and cycling is the best. Now that I have done so many things over the years, I find that when I don’t care about my time, both cycling and running have become more fun.
As the primary caregiver for my wife, I have to be able to transport and lift her, so I have to be fit. Fitness has been part of my life since I was a very young boy, and I tried to pass that love for fitness and sports to my children. I think I was successful.
I am riding 100 miles for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Santa Fe this month. My son, Clark, will join me and should finish a few hours ahead. I have not ridden at this altitude or with mountain climbs, so I am looking forward to it.
On my bucket list is to finish running marathons in all 50 states, as well as all the continents.
Chocolate is my vice.
I have been taking violin lessons for about five years with Heather Trussel, who is with the Memphis Symphony. I still suck at it, but she has lots of patience!
INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY PHILIP MURPHY.