About me

 

Personal: Married with one child, three dogs, three horses, one blue-crowned conure, four cats, 24 laying hens and I have no idea how many 100,000s of honeybees!

Place of Residence: The scenic Black Hills of western South Dakota

Occupation: Physician. Board certified in  Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Clinical Lipidology; General Internal Medicine; and Nutrition.

Years Running: 14+ years total (8 years since I restarted after a 20+ year hiatus)

What is an Ultramarathon? Technically, the definition of an ultramarathon is any footrace longer than the traditional 26.2 miles of a marathon. However, most ultrarunners do not consider an event to be an ultramarathon unless it is at least 50-kilometers (31 miles)  or longer in length. Many ultramarathons are done off-road and/or under difficult conditions.

My Favorite Places to Run: Just about any dirt road or hiking trail.  I enjoy discovering new running trails in the Black Hills. My favorites are the Centennial Trail which is is a great single track to explore; the many trails of the Black Elk Wilderness; and the George Mickelson Trail which is a rails-to-trails multi-use biking trail that is also nice to run on. If you ever come out here to visit, bring your trail shoes!

Ultramarathons I’ve run in so far:

Ice Age Trail 50k May 12, 2007 WI

Kettle Moraine 38 mile All-night Fun Run June 2, 2007 WI

Glacial Trail 50m (DNF at mile 25) October 14, 2007 WI

Chicago Lakefront 50m October 27, 2007 IL

Greenland Trail 50k April 19, 2008 WI

Kettle Moraine 100k (DNF at mile 41) June 7, 2008 WI

24 hours at Laramie (52 miles)  June 28, 2008 WY

Lean Horse Hundred (DNF at mile 64.5) August 23-24, 2008

Javelina Jundred (100-K Finish) November 15-16, 2008 AZ

Antelope Island 50 mile Buffalo Run (DNF mile 44) March 28, 2009 UT

Strolling Jim 40 Mile Run May 2, 2009 TN

Bighorn Wild and Scenic 50 mile  (DNF mile 18!!!!) June 20, 2009 WY

Lean Horse Hundred 2009   (DNF 50.2 miles!)  August 22/23, 2009

3 Days of Syllamo  (Multi-day Stage Race: 65 miles!) March 12, 13, 14, 2010 AR

Greenland 50K May 1st 2010 CO

Laurel Highlands Trail 77m (Missed cut off at mile 53.2) June 12th 2010 PA

North Fork 50 mile  (Quit early for cold beer at 50-k) July 17th 2010 CO

Lean Horse Hundred 2010 August 28 & 29th 2010 SD (First 100 mile finish!!!)

Lean Horse Hundred 2011  August (Paced 45 miles)

Tussey mOUnTainBACK 50 mile (Pulled at mile 36 for missing a cut-off) October 23, 2011 PA

Antelope Island 100k (DNF 50k) November 5, 2011 UT

Rocky Raccoon 100 mile (DNF mile 40) February  TX

Zumbro 50 mile April 13th, 2012. MN

Wyoming Double Marathon (I wimped out, I only did the 26.2 mile regular marathon) WY

Western States 100 (pacer) CA

Lean Horse Hundred 2012 August 24/25th (DNF mile 50)

Other Personal Interests Outside of Ultrarunning (I don’t run all the time!):

  • Outdoor recreation:  hiking, camping, backpacking, fly-fishing, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, geocaching, bird watching, animal tracking and observation of other wildlife, foraging for edible wild plants, amateur astronomy and observation of the night sky, and many other activities
  • Organic gardening: vegetables, wine grapes, fruit, flowers and herbs
  • Baking sourdough bread
  • Homebrewing beer, cider, mead and wine
  • Riding/training horses, horseshoeing
  • Beekeeping
  • Singing and playing traditional folk music of the Western Frontier c.1840-1920 (guitar, clawhammer banjo, ukulele banjo, harmonica, Native American Flute, fiddle)