I am a life long Washingtonian -- except for four years at Carleton College in Minnesota. My lifetime avocation of running began before the running boom of the 1970s while I was in high school. I spent a few years during the mid-1970s competing at a national level. I finished 15th in the Boston Marathon in 1977 and qualified for the 1976 Olympic Trials in the marathon.
In 1977, I joined up with a two friends and started Running Times Magazine. It was an adventure to launch a new publication -- especially with no capital and no knowledge of publishing. It took all the endurance we had developed as runners to keep it going. I left the magazine about a decade later and focused all my attention on Road Race Management, a company started by Running Times which I purchased when leaving the magazine. RRM focuses on publications and services for the organizers of running events.
My "15-minutes of fame" came in 1979 when I took the iconic photos of Jimmy Carter collapsing while running in a 10k race at Camp David. Unfortunately, the photos became emblematic of the collapse of the Carter presidency (the collapse occured while Americans were being held hostage in Iran and interest rates were in the teens). I felt bad for Carter as he was trying to mingle with the public and his initiative went horribly wrong. I am proud to say that I did not sell the photo rights to the Republican PACs who wanted to use the photo in anti-Carter ads in the 1980 presidential campaign. The photos were nominated for a Pulitizer Prize in 1979, but were not selected.
Today, the biggest project under the auspices of Road Race Management is directing the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, a 15,000 person running event in Washington, DC. It is a big undertaking. I oversee and coordinate a 40 member organizing committee. The event requires about 2,000 volunteers. Although intense, it is satisfying work. I like the notion that I set the stage for 15,000 people to play out their athletic (well, I use that word loosely for some of the participants) fantasies.
Fitness is important to me and my partner should be fit; however I realize that fitness comes in many forms.
I have two wonderful children, a 26-year-old son and a 24-year-old daugther.
My son is a math, science and computer guy (these traits were not inherited from his father) living in Boulder, CO, and my daughter is a singing equestrian and animal lover (She sang the National Anthem at the start of the 2013 Credit Union Cherry Blossom; talk about sending chills throughout my body.) who may end up with an MSW in family counselling. She lives locally.
I have taken on some new hobbies in the last few years -- swing and ballroom dancing, horseback riding (so I can ride alongside my daughter), and sailing. I am still a beginner in all of these endeavors but I enjoy trying them out.
I am looking for an attractive, fit and fun woman who likes male companionship to enjoy activities together in the short term and possibly to build to an intimate relationship in the long term. Would you like to join me?
This about 800 words. I think OKCupid's suggestion that you get to 1,000 is excessive. If you want to know more, please drop me an email.