From: Jersey Shore, PA or On Any Trail
What do you do for a living?
“God gave us the gift of life, it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well” ~ Voltaire My idea of living well is being a loving husband to my beautiful wife Elisa and sober father to our four amazing children. To pay the bills and cover race fees, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working as a psychotherapist at both UPMC/Susquehanna and Keystone Counseling and Evaluation Services. I also work part time as a Veteran Service Officer at the North Central PA VFW Benefits Center.
How did you first connect with The Herren Project?
Originally learned about THP while following The Icebreaker Run. I then connected through David Clark when he was recruiting for the THP Ultramarathon Team. I loved the mission of THP as much as running ultramarathons, so it was a perfect way for me to help break the stigma of addiction, raise awareness, and hopefully raise some money for those still struggling.
Who’s one of your running or athletic “heroes” and why?
There is no possible way I could just list one! My true heroes are the middle and back of the packers who go out and run the challenging trail races for fun! They do it without sponsors knowing they aren’t going to be on the podium or win a big payout! They do it for the love of running! I also look up to David Clark, Charlie Engle, and Pam Rickard because not only to they talk recovery and running, but they lead by example. They embody and live the values I admire and strive to live by.
What’s your favorite running/race distance?
All of them! Overall favorite is 50K
What are you most proud of?
Getting sober and staying sober for 5 years and some change (as of today). Honestly the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life!