Years Running: 20 years of serious running, but have been running since I could walk
Favorite Shoe: Brooks Launch
Favorite Quote: Believe in yourself, know yourself, deny yourself, and be humble. – John Treacy
Most Cherished PR: 28:16 for 5 miles
Why I Run: I just can’t stop
Years Running: 30+
Favorite Shoe:New Balance Fresh Foam Zante and Boracay
Favorite Quote: Do or do not, there is not try. -Yoda
Most Cherished PR: 29:10 – 5 mile at the 1994 Runners World New Year’s Eve Midnight run in Central Park, NYC. (and) 3:23 Philadelphia Marathon 1994. Ran 25 minutes faster after imploding at Marine Corps Marathon 3 weeks earlier.
Why I Run: I run because it is my time for me. No music, no kids, no phone. Just peace and quiet out in nature. It makes me realize how good I have it and what it feels like to be alive.
Years Running: 20 years
Favorite Shoe: New Balance 110
Favorite Quote: If you can dream it, you can do it!” – Unknown
Most Cherished PR: My first 100mile race: American National 100 Mile Run Championship Olander Park 19:40:50 & Erie’s 12hr Endurance Race did 70miles in 12 hours 1st overall!…
Years Running: 2 1/2
Favorite Shoe: Brooks Glycerin
Favorite Quote: "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." - Thomas A. Edison
Most Cherished PR: My 278 bowling game. I don’t run many races.
Why I Run: I run for fun and to stay fit when I am not playing other sports.
Kevin Smith - Race Management Director
Years Running: If you consider my speed, slogging is a better term, and many years is the answer.
Favorite Shoe: (all time) Brooks Hyperion
Current Favorite shoe: Brooks Flow & Hoka Huaka
Favorite Quote: Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden
Most Cherished PR: 24:30 in the 5K. Slow, but light speed for me in my career
Why I Run: So I hopefully live longer
Years Running: 18 years
Favorite Shoe: Brooks Cascadia
Favorite Quote: Dark, unreasonable fear can twist and grind an individual… It is necessary to dig deep with in oneself to discover that hidden grain of steel called will. – Ryan Shay
Most Cherished PR: 33m/8 hours (50+)
Why I Run: For sanity
Years Running: 25+
Favorite Shoe: Currently the Mizuno Rider (but I mix it up)
Favorite Quote: Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. -Ben Franklin You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try -Beverly Sills
Most Cherished PR: Boston Marathon ’06 (but I loved all 3)
Why I Run: Why not? The first thing we want to do after we learn to walk is to run – never loose your childhood enthusiasm.
Years Running: I never remember! My mom signed us up for a track league when we were little kids…I started running year round in 8th grade!)
Favorite Shoe: By far the Asics 2100’s
Favorite Quote: Comparing yourself to others can cause you to miss great opportunities – Unknown
Most Cherished PR: Harrisburg Marathon 2012 – 3:56
Why I Run: It clears my head and gives my life structure.
Years Running: My parents would tell you as long as I have been alive. I will claim 50 years of racing anytime any where.
Favorite Shoe: New balance 1080
Favorite Quote: If it doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger. – I don’t know if this is actually an attributable quote but I pretty much live by it. More so as I get older and continue to challenge myself.
Most Cherished PR: 2005 Richmond marathon. Not only was I 46 but it was my comeback from a spiral stress fracture of my femur.
Why I Run: It keeps me sane and happy!
Andrew - Mr. Go To at Elite
Years Running: 11 years
Favorite Shoe: Brooks Adrenaline
Favorite Quote: “The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” - Juma Ikangaa 1989 NYC Marathon winner
Most Cherished PR: Since it is unlikely I will be competitively preparing/racing for distances under 10k, I am most fond of my 52 second 400m and 17:11 XC 5k times. That being said, I am most proud of my first marathon finish–no time needed..
Why I Run: Because I am inspired by what I may become when I do.
Years Running:3 years
Favorite Shoe:Saucony Kinvara Runshield
Favorite Quote:"There will be days you don't think you can run a marathon... but there will be a lifetime of knowing that you have."
Most Cherished PR: 2:08 for my 3rd half marathon ever in Erie or my most recent 26:03 5k!
Why I Run:It's become a huge coping skill for me, I love the friends that I run with and to maintain the weightloss that I have achieved.
Years Running: 3
Favorite Shoe: Asics Gel Nimbus 14
Favorite Quote: Maybe strong is what you have left when you’ve used up all your weak
Most Cherished PR: 4:40:15 for the marathon – over an hour faster than my first!
Why I Run: I’m addicted and just can’t stop. I love the challenge of constantly trying to improve upon my past performances.
Years Running: 6 years
Favorite Shoe:Asics Gel Noosa and Altra Torin
Favorite Quote: Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass it's about learning to run in the rain.
Most Cherished PR: My BQ in the Poconos in May 2013 and half iron man July 2015 were huge personal accomplishments. But some of my "best" and most cherished races have been my slowest times.