Five Star NTP Ambassadors are committed racers who are passionate about the Five Star race experience. Read about their inspiring running stories below!
(P.S. None of them bite, so be sure to introduce yourself if you see them at a race!)
I first started running when I was in the Marine Corps and to be honest, I despised it and wasn’t very good at it.
When I got out of the Marines, I gained some serious weight. Time went by and I had a physical scheduled. My doctor told me I was seriously obese and my blood pressure was all out of whack. I decided to make some changes and slowly got into running. I dropped 100 pounds and love running now. I enjoy road races, trail races and obstacle races. When I run now, it’s kind of an escape for me and resets me.
I live in Atlanta, where summer heat and humidity just come with the territory. Summer weather has been around these parts for a lot longer than I have, so I have no right to complain. I knew what I was in for before I moved down, so I have no option but to accept it and move forward.
When I lived in the Northeast, winter was my least favorite season, but not for the reasons you may think. I don't mind the cold. I have found that even in below zero bitter cold, your body will eventually warm up. It's the snow, ice, and treacherous footing that I didn't like. Since Atlanta gets very little snow, and when we do, it doesn't hang around for long, winter in the south is actually my favorite running season. But I loathe summers. I am not a good hot weather runner, and I don't like carrying water on my run. And I NEVER run on a treadmill.
Having over 20 years of racing experience, Mitch is a veteran on the roads, trails, and track. He has fast PR's, wonderful training advice, but most importantly, he is constantly willing to spread that knowledge of training and racing to the metro Atlanta running community. Jumping on board with Five Star NTP, Mitch feels that he can continue his outreach in helping other runners reach their goals. He loves to inspire runners of all ages. Mitch plans on continuing his pursuit of being competitive in the local road race scene as well as the trails in nearby city parks.
Check out his running blog below and follow him on social media!
I’ve always been a physical guy, working construction in my early years, and keeping a hand in it when I began designing houses. 40 was fast approaching when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), which can be severely crippling. Eight years passed with the disease progressing and no clear solutions. Then my daughter asked me to begin walking with her to help with her lacrosse training & fitness. While she was away at camp, I got bored walking alone and started jogging a bit. Before I knew it, I was running 3 miles at a time! Then my daughter talked me into entering a 5k at her middle school. I was stunned when I won 2nd in age group! Soon my college-age daughter encouraged me to enter a race in her college town. 2nd in age group again, and received my award from NFL running back (& Georgia Southern alum) Adrian Peterson!! I’d found something I enjoyed that I was good at and I was hooked.
I have recently celebrated 3.5 years since my first race. I’ve just passed the 200th race, including 5k, 10k, several half-marathons and even 2 marathons. I’ve moved on to a different age group now, but still enjoy bringing home those medals – even a couple grand masters!
While exercise can’t cure MS, keeping my mind & body in top condition helps to reduce the long term effects of a relapse, and thankfully, with recent advances in medical research, I’ll be able to get out there with my running mates for many more years.