Peachtree City, GA 30269
At the end of 2009 my lifetime mileage reached 118,093.5 miles. I am a 'streak' runner, having started running on November 30, 1978. I haven't missed a day since. I started running at the insistence of my two graduate school professors (both runners) and have never been able to determine when enough is enough. For the past 16 years I've averaged 4,650 miles annually--which is getting to be a bit much for this old guy; I hope to limit myself to 4,000 miles in 2010. I've run 161 marathons, 44 ultramarathons, and over 500 other miscellaneous races ranging from one mile to 24 hours. My 'highlights' include a 6th place finish in the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon, the Masters Championship at the 2002 National 24-Hour Endurance Run, and a last place finish at the 2006 Western States Endurance Run. Once upon a time I had a semblance of speed (2:48 marathon, 36:14 10K, 17:12 5K), but those days are long gone (I'm an old guy, remember). I started my own running club, the Darkside Running Club (www.darksiderunningclub.com) with my running partner Al Barker in 2002. We host the Peachtree City 50/25K every second Sunday in November and the Darkside 8-Hour Run every spring. Our club's quarterly newsletter is--in my opinion, the best there is. I write a monthly column for the online running magazine, Georgia Runner. I've also written two books about running: (1) Running through My Mind: Confessions of an Every Day Runner (an autobiography) and (2) A Passion for Running: Portraits of the Everyday Runner (profiling 18 amazing runners). I've got a handful of goals left: (1) 200,000 lifetime miles; (2) 200 marathons, with 100 of them in the state of Georgia, (3) attain the longest consecutive-days running streak in the United States and (4) write at least six more books about running. However, once I reach the 2nd goal, I'm REALLY backing off on my mileage (yeah, right).