For those who don't know, I was 275 lbs and couldn't run 1/2 mile when I decided to start training for a marathon in October 2012. I had never run a 5k, and hadn’t participated in any athletics since being a thrower (shotput and discus) in high school. I trained all last winter, lost over 50 lbs, and ran my first marathon on April 6. When I finish the Boston Marathon this April (just over a year later), I will have run 16 full marathons plus a 72 hour footrace covering 112+ miles, plus training. I've run marathons on a blown Achilles, broken foot, dislocated foot, and in the middle of a bad case of food poisoning at Disney World. My family has also endured with me and we welcomed my daughter Anna into the world between marathons 7 and 8. (My wife rocks!)
I am married with 3 beautiful children. My wife, Kristin is a stay-at-home mom who takes care of 4 kids- the 3 little ones plus me! My son Sam is 8 years old and in the 3rd Grade. He does Karate and loves his Kindle and Pokemon/Yu-gi-Oh cards. My first daughter is Amelia, who is 4 and in preschool. She is Daddy’s girl and loves ballet and gymnastics… and pink! The baby girl is Anna, who just got her first 2 teeth. We attend the Salvation Army Worship Center on Sundays and are active in the work of the Salvation Army.
I am the Director of Midwest Operations for GMS Mine Repair and Maintenance, as well as Pioneer Conveyor. I am also the Managing Partner at Pioneer Supply and InbySupply.com in Madisonville, KY. All of these businesses are underground coal mining related, so naturally, I am a big advocate of America’s best form of electric generation, Coal. I also have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work which I used in practice with the mentally ill, substance abusers, and homeless before I got involved in the coal industry.
I truly hope that you will support FamilyAid Boston through my run and feel good that you have made a positive contribution to people who need it more and more everyday.
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