26 runners for 26 milesMore than 6,000 registered participants are expected for the inaugural Canton Marathon on June 17. More than 500 already have signed up to run all 26.2 miles. We asked 26 of those runners to tell us about themselves— and why they chose to run the marathon in Canton. Be prepared to be inspired.
Occupation: Captain, Canton Fire Department.
How long have you been running? For about 25 years. It all started by running from the police — just kidding! I started on and off in 1986 when I joined the Navy.
Have you ever completed a marathon before? Yes. Columbus marathon in 2004 and the Las Vegas marathon in 2007.
Do you have a pre-race and/or post-race routine? Pre-race morning, I get up early and eat a light healthy breakfast and drink lots of water. Prior to the race, I do a light 10-minute jog followed by 5 minutes of stretching. Post-race, I grab a sports drink, walk for 10 minutes followed by stretching and eating some of the food provided. I then go find a bathtub and take an ice bath for about 10-15 minutes while drinking a chocolate milk protein drink. Then later on, I celebrate with a few adult beverages!
Do you listen to music while you run? No, I like to be able to hear my surroundings especially all the activities going on on the marathon routes.
What made you sign up for the Canton Marathon? I was born and raised in the Canton area and did not want to miss being part of the inaugural Canton marathon! Following each of my first two marathons I swore I would NEVER run another one! Canton had to go and mess that up for me again by putting together their first marathon!
Are you following a specific running program? Yes, Hal Higdon’s 18 week intermediate marathon runner program. This is the first time I have followed a specific program.
Where’s your favorite place to run in Stark County? Around my neighborhood with my wife Trisha, who is going to run her first half marathon in Canton.
What is your motivation? My motivation is ultimately to break an 8-minute mile pace and complete the marathon in under 3 hours and 30 minutes. I would be happy with just improving on my previous marathon time again though. We shall see. I’m getting older and am really not one of those natural runner types.
What kind of shoes do you wear? Etonics.