What excites you most about running the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon?
This will be NYC Marathon #9 for me. The most difficult thing I have done athletically is to remain a runner. There is no better place in the world to feel the inspiration of a crowd and the glory of accomplishment as an average struggling runner than NYC on the first Sunday in November. The memories of past NYC marathons help enormously to focus me during the 1000 miles or so of training during the rest of the year.
What is your favorite place to run and why?
Powerline Pass Trail in Chugach Mountains above Anchorage, AK. The scale is always breathtaking and the sounds and smells are breath-giving. And it’s in my backyard.
If you run with music, what are your favorite artists or songs to listen to?
Most of the time, I listen to my feet, but when I listen to music, Supertramp, Billy Joel, Dave Matthews, and Lourdes are fun to run with.
What is your favorite post-run meal?
Good, fresh omelet. Fresh-squeezed OJ. 8 oz triple-shot breve latte.
When did your relationship with running begin and why?
Began at age 42. No real reason. Just started to like running.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions, if so, please explain?
Because 26.3 is just too damn long.
Tell us a little more about yourself
51 year old dermatologist who lives with his wife (expecting daughter) in Anchorage, Alaska.