Runner of the Month
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Each month, this website will interview a local runner.  
This runner may not necessarily set records, but instead
shows a desire and dedication for the sport.
This month we are highlighting someone who I have a lot of respect
for.  Some of the things that he has accomplished are amazing and
great motivation for others.  Read on to learn about Bill Mack and
what he has accomplished.
Brock Rhodes
February:
Personal Status

I live in Defiance, OH.  Wife-Johanna E. Mack, Ph.d, son-Eric, daughter-
Maria, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter

What is your favorite race?

Columbus Marathon- Have run all 24,
Midnight Sun Ultra Marathon- Nansivik, Baffin Island- 500 miles north
of the Arctic Circle

What is your personal record?

107 marathons, 32 ultras, total=139 marathons/ultras
86 miles in a 24 hour run
marathon PR- 3:35
I have run and logged over 38,000 miles since 1978.

What is your favorite type of run?

Easy training run on soft forest trails.

What is the toughest race you have participated in?

Mosquito Marathon- Leadville, Colorado- 10,000 to 13,000+ altitude
Antarctica Marathon- up glaciers and very rocky terrain

What is your least favorite run?

5K road race

What are your goals for the future?

Complete 150+ marathons/ultras and continue running and enjoying
camaraderie of running friends.

What is your favorite shoe?

Nike Pegasus- I am on my 26th pair.

What is your most memorable running highlight?

Finishing all 24 Columbus Marathons.  One of only 15 to do so.  
Looking forward to the 25th this October.
Also, completing a marathon in all 50 statements and DC.
I am attempting to run the Trans-Indiana Run from the Ohio River to
Lake Michigan with Hal Higdon and others.

What is your longest run?

Have run 86 miles in 24 hour run in Toledo.  I am still hoping to
someday run 100 miles in 24 hours.

What is the best thing about running?

Feeling of accomplishment and camaraderie with other runners.

What is the worst thing about running?

Cleaning shoes after muddy trail run.

Embarrassing moment while running?  

Showing up at a race with only one shoe and having to run in a
borrowed pair from the announcer while he stood around barefooted.

Trying to run across ice over flooded road, breaking through the ice
and having to run home in wet frozen sweat pants.  This was before
lycra and gore-tex.

What is something you have learned over time?

Pain is inevitable- suffering is optional.
Thank you very much, Bill, for taking the time to answer these
questions.
Bill Mack
Bill accepts his award at the Apache
Run 5K.
Fellow 50 staters Bill and Richard
Cromwell at the Making Track for a
Track 4 Mile Relay.
Past runners of the month
January:  
 Josh Neilson
March:     Tina Beattie
April 2004