Richard’s running career started at field day in 1st grade, where he destroyed the competition to win the blue ribbon for the 50 meter dash. After that major victory he had to hang up his running shoes due to severe shin splints and foot pain every time he tried to run. But, never being a person to ever give up, at 43 he tried to run once more, trying a half a mile in his neighborhood. He pushed through the pain and ran 1 mile, then 2, then a 5K and six months later he ran his first half marathon. Then a year later, his first marathon. Now five years later, running is more of a hobby than a job for him, so he’s always the first one to pace a friend running their first marathon or just going for a jog on a Saturday morning in the Texas heat.
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