Runner: Dan S (aka Sparklepants)

Years Running: Started ultrarunning in 2004. Ran odd half marathons and 10Ks here and there prior to that. Ran varsity cross country in HS. I started playing soccer when I was 6 yrs old, played competitively for 34 years.

Age: 47

Upcoming races: Teanaway Trail Marathon, Mary’s Peak 50M, Cascade Crest 100M, Javelina 100M

Current goals: Consistency and build engine capacity

Long-term, big shot goals that you someday hope to achieve with running: Keep trail and mountain running with joy into my twilight years; run the great coastal tracks in the Southern Hemisphere

Tell us about your running accomplishment that you’re most proud of and why: Finishing the training runs and races that I start; because it’s easy to stop when you’re feeling low and that’s when the real growth and learning begins

Favorite part about being a runner: The freedom to explore new places while having unexpected adventures along the way

Best races:  All that I finish

Running words of wisdom: Enjoy the present moment as it’s why we do this