Russ is an member from the Laguna Niguel Family YMCA
“I wasn’t always the amazing trophy dad I am today. I used to be stressed out.
I’m Russ, a single dad of three adorable kiddos, all adopted from birth. We are a quirky, fun family who loves food, music, and adventure. We joined the YMCA in 2011, when my daughter was 4 and my twin boys were only a few months old. I was a stay-at-home dad at the time, and some “me time” at the gym was just what I needed. I chose the YMCA for a bunch of reasons, but their community-oriented mission set them above all other options. (And how could I not love the organization behind the original Father’s Day?!) So I joined with a family membership. The child care program, the kids swim lessons, sport clubs and Camp E.L.K. have been our favorite perks to membership. The kids insist on attending “Date Night,” even when Papa doesn’t have a date (I know—it sounds impossible). Now that the boys are in kindergarten, I have returned to my career as a university professor, and I stay focused and energetic because of my workout routine. The kiddos attend after-school care with the YMCA 3 days per week. They LOVE it.
We go to the gym 2-3 times weekly, depending on the season. I used to enjoy the peace and quiet of a long run (around 3 or 4 miles) while the babies were at the KidZone. My goal was to run 6 miles in an hour for relaxation. But through the YMCA I developed into a marathoner and triathlete. My first multipart race was the Laguna Niguel Duathlon at the YMCA, and I never would have tried it if my “Y friends” didn’t (gently) push me. I loved it. Since then, I’ve finished 16 marathons, 8 long distance triathlons, and swam the San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz twice. I am a different man than I was before the Y. I’m better, and so are my kids.”