66, Retired fighter pilot for the US Air Force and retired pilot for FedEx, Volunteer Library Assistant at Saint Ann Catholic School.
Newbie: I started running races when I was 56 about 10 years ago.
Bragging Rights: This year I finished 2nd place in my age group at the Germantown Half Marathon, and last year I was first in the same race for my age group. 2019 M-Town series 1st place age group. 2018 St. Jude Half Marathon 2nd place senior masters and 2017 3rd place Half Marathon senior masters.
Favorite Fitness Accomplishment: Running my first marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon at age 56.
Most Memorable Run: Running down Boylston Street approaching the finish line for the Boston Marathon (2015, 2016, 2018) with the crowd cheering.
Virtual Running: I ran the Stay at Home 5K, a birthday present from my daughter, and I am running the virtual New York City Marathon.
COVID Cancellations: I was scheduled to run the Viking Half Marathon, Chicago Marathon, and the New York City Marathon.
Motivation: I want to be healthy and productive in my retirement years and set an example of healthy living for my family and my grandchildren.
Inspiration: I’m most inspired by John Kelley. He ran the Boston Marathon 61 times. He was 84 years old when he ran it the last time
Obstacle Course:I was a smoker for 20 years, so I never imagined running much less winning a race.
Runner’s High: I’ve met many people and have developed friendships all over the world.
Best Eats: Frieda’s Mexican restaurant at Carriage Crossing Mall is the best Mexican food in town. Their King Steak Burrito is awesome.
Slush Crush: Sonic diet cherry limeade.
Deserted Island Tunes: I would just lay on the beach and listen to big band music from the 1940s.
Spirit Animal: It would have to be a grizzly bear. They are strong and tough in all conditions.
Personal Mantra: Never give up! I’ve never been in a race that I didn’t finish.
INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY TINDALL STEPHENS.