Steve took up a more active lifestyle in 2004 to deal with high blood pressure and being overweight. A year later, after losing 40 pounds, he completed his first marathon racewalking and hasn’t stopped yet, finishing over 40 marathons. He is a member of the 50 States Marathon Club. He estimates that he will finish that task in 2020. His PR for the marathon, which was some years ago, was 4:55:52 and his PR for the half marathon is 2:14:50. He coached marathoners and half marathoners for three years with USA-Fit.
Stephen’s philosophy of pacing is to be a moving clock precisely on schedule at each point, a coach and a distraction if that’s what the racer needs. He’ll gladly show you how to drink your water at the aid stations without slowing down, go the minimum distance during a race (shoot the tangents) and tell you all about some of the more unusual races he’s done. He likes to play with the the spectators, encouraging them to join the race (they never do) and any kid out there looking for “high fives” will get one from Stephen. “Racing has changed my life and I like to do my best to help others realize the benefits.”
Stephen is married and lives in Houston, Texas where he works for a major engineering company.