Health & Fitness Trainer Highlight: FULLERTON FAMILY YMCA
Originally from upstate New York, Mark has spent the last two plus decades traveling and living all over the world. Recently retired after 25 years of military service, Mark has followed his passion for fitness and running to begin a career as a Personal Trainer and Certified Running Coach. With fitness being a daily staple of his military life, Mark has truly adapted a healthy lifestyle and his passion is running, even though it didn’t start out that way. After being forced to run during his military career, he never truly enjoyed the sport of running until completing his first marathon in 2003 in San Diego. Even though his lack of experience and training knowledge made this race an extremely painful endeavor, Mark fell in love with the running community and the challenge of pushing past your limits. What started out as a “bucket list” event, that first marathon, as it often does for many new runners, changed his life in a positive way. Since that day, Mark has run races all over the world and has finished 35 marathons (including 5 of the 6 World Major marathons (missing Tokyo), two full Ironman races, a 50 mile race, a 50 km race, numerous half marathons and four half Ironman events. His personal goal is to run a Boston Marathon qualifying time every marathon he runs, which he has accomplished, maybe run a 100 mile race , and inspire others to embrace a healthy lifestyle that includes some type of daily fitness activities.
Mark is running coach certified through Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and Healthy Running as well as an American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) certified Personal Trainer. Mark’s coaching experience includes coaching the Masters Ft. Lewis Army 10 Mile team while stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wa. (First place team finish) as well as training 13 people to finish their first half marathon, three people to run their first marathon, two people to qualify for Boston, and one person to finish a full Ironman. Mark has also been an official marathon pacer at two marathons. However, what’s he is most proud of, besides being the Dad of an Army Ranger, is the many lives he has changed by introducing people to the sport of running. Many of who are now avid runners and still seek out Mark’s advice. His favorite quotes are “It hurts more to quit!” and “One day you won’t be able to do this, today is not that day!”
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