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.
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A story about perusing our dreams and goals in this life, a journey where we will see the great dedication that Mark has shown in the post. We are all fighting to reach that goal and we are also making the best plans that will make the goal a reality. There are challenges that we may face, but at the end of the road, there is hope and there is light. We just need to look up and never give up. This will unlock the strength and the magic within us.
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