Mark recently joined the ASICS GTC-ELITE program after a collegiate career at American University in Washington, DC. In his first competition as a GTC member he won the Michelin Memorial 5K with a time of 14:54. The next weekend he won the Maggie Valley Moonlight Run 8K in a course record of 25:08. He led both races from stat to finish. He will be competing in the USA 20K National Championships in New Haven, CT on Labor Day.
Q: Why did you decide to join GTC-ELITE?
ML: I wasn’t ready to give up running yet and I was looking for a new experience. GTC –Elite offered a great opportunity and support that could help me reach my goals and live in a new place.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of being in Greenville?
ML: I enjoy being in new places and meeting new people, the culture is different from what I am used to up north.
Q: Have you discovered a favorite coffee place?
ML: No I have not tried any coffee places yet.
Q: Favorite meal that you prepare?
ML: I usually don’t spend that much time cooking so I just make things that are fast and simple. Probably chicken, rice, mixed with some sort of vegetable.
Q: Favorite restaurant in G’ville so far?
ML: I recently went to a restaurant with some teammates called Gringo’s, a Mexican place I thought was really good.
Q: What is your favorite running event?
ML: Probably the 1500 meters.
Q: What is your favorite sport other than running?
ML: I like watching football, go Giants!
Q: What was your best finish in your conference championship during college?
ML: 2nd in the 5,000.
Q: Favorite workout session?
ML: My favorite workout we have done so far is the 1 x 1000 followed by 200’s because I like feeling fast.
Q: Which is your least favorite workout?
ML: Steady state runs because they feel like they take forever.
Q: All time favorite movie?
ML: It’s hard to say especially with new movies always coming out but I do know all the lines from Gladiator, so it was probably my number 1 at some point.
Q: Favorite musician?
ML: The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Q: Favorite running place in Greenville so far?
ML: Tuxedo up in North Carolina and Parris Mountain State Park, I like getting on soft surfaces and they both have great scenery.
Q: How much do you run each week?
ML: Somewhere between 85 and 90 miles.
Q: All time best song?
ML: Not sure, it’s hard to pick a number 1.
Q: Favorite desert?
ML: Probably ice cream, favorite flavors change daily.
Q: Favorite breakfast?
ML: Breakfast from a diner, usually the special that includes everything.
Q: Tell us the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a run.
ML: I had a teammate in college that was bitten by a squirrel…
Q: Tell us what type of employment you are looking for in Greenville?
ML: Anything. I have a degree in Business Administration and Masters in Health Management, so something related to that would be nice.
Q: Where did you go to college and how did you like it?
ML: I went to American University, I really enjoyed living in DC.
Q: What do you like best about GTC-ELITE?
ML: My coaches and teammates are great and all the support that is given to us. I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue something that I enjoy.