Dustin Kessinger

Dustin, originally from Illinois, started casually running in late 2003 at the age of 19 after being challenged by his dad to a half marathon.  Neither were runners and the only reason they wanted to do the race was because it was the only way at the time to walk on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which being huge Indycar/Indy 500 fans is entering sacred ground.  After completing the race in sub 2 hours in May 2004 and taking a break, Dustin realized he missed his running and although still very casual, it became a semi-regular routine.  The next six years, Dustin kept the same routine going of casually training and doing the one half marathon a year before life got too busy and running got put aside.

 

In the summer of 2017 after moving to Colorado, Dustin decided it was time to start running again and get in better shape to enjoy more of the hiking and mountain lifestyle so he joined the Parker Running Club.  He told them he had been a casual runner and just wanted to get back into half marathon shape at altitude but would never take a step beyond 13.1 miles.  Two months later, the group had him signed up for his first full marathon and he’s never looked back.  Since then, Dustin has run several races each year ranging from local 5k races to 50k ultras, became an ambassador for RNK Running & Walking in Parker, CO, and has turned his causal running into a passion.  Dustin has found that pacing races is one of many ways to give back to the running community helping others achieve their race goals while still staying active participating in events.
Away from running, Dustin still follows auto racing (primarily Indycar), enjoys getting out to the mountains for hikes, and backpacked the entire Colorado Trail in 2020.