Role: Downhill Ski (also lead singer and driver of the Winnebago)
Team: Klicks Running & Walking (1st Place in 2011 Ski to Sea Race, Whatcom County Open Division)
Age: 49 (Can I really be that old?)
How did you become involved in the Ski to Sea:
I came to Bellingham via a job transfer in 1992. A friend of a friend heard that I competed in triathlons and contacted me about doing the bike leg. To my surprise it wasn’t just you are in but he conducted a full interview. He wanted to know my race results, my training program and did some VO2 Max testing. The VO2 max bit isn’t true but I have had less stressful job interviews. I thought, wow this Ski-to-Sea thing must be pretty serious and this team is really serious. I found out that the race was definitely serious but my team not so much as it was a long cold wait at the DOT for my runner! I quickly developed a love for Ski-to-Sea and a love for Bellingham. So I found a way to avoid the normal career path and move away... I opened my own business in 1999 (Klicks Running & Walking formerly RunningShoes.com). This was perfect, as I could stay in Bellingham and sponsor my own Ski-to-Sea team.
What has kept you together as a team for so long now?:
There are no prima donnas on our team, we just have a bunch of great guys who all just want to go fast and have fun. I also credit our fierce competitors Beavers Tree Service for motivating our team. The two teams bring out the best in each other and it is always a pleasure to compete against them. The two teams have traded winning the Whatcom County Open Division since 2007. We seem to win on the odd years and Beavers win on the even years. We hope to reverse this trend next year!
Present Occupation: Owner Klicks Running & Walking
Length of Employment: 12 Years
Education: B.A. from Drake University (Go Bulldogs!)
I do own a running store but my dirty "not so secret” secret is that my favorite sport is cycling.
Favorite Quote: "Get crazy with the Cheese Whiz!” Beck
Last Book Read:
"The Quick Red Fox” by John D. MacDonald I’m re-reading the old Travis McGee series. What’s not cool about a womanizing, jaded, deep thinker, environmentalist who kicks ass?
Long Term Dreams/Goals:
I want to take Klicks Running & Walking off the grid and also have an alternative fueled vehicle.
How long have you been involved in the Ski to Sea?: 20 years
Do you plan to be in the Ski to Sea race again?: Damn Straight!!!
Do you plan to do all 7 legs of the race?:
I have done 6 of the 7 legs, all except the Cross Country Ski. Since cross country skiing is such a technique driven sport I will need to be on a much less competitive team before I try it. I plan on competing in Ski-to-Sea for many, many, many years... so sure!
What do you like about the Ski to Sea?:
It showcases what is great about Bellingham the beauty, the outdoor opportunities and of course the great parties!
What would you tell others about the Ski to Sea?:
I try to explain it to people but they never quite get it. You have to see it to believe it and compete in it to love it.
What do you like about the Bellingham/Mt Baker region?:
It is the best place on the planet, an active person’s nirvana. Mount Baker, Galbraith, Chuckanut, Bellingham Bay, Lake Whatcom, Lake Padden, between two great metro areas and yes, even the weather. I’m here for good.
Words of Wisdom:
When building a Ski-to-Sea team the most important thing is to have everybody on the same page. Is the team a competitive team or a "just have fun” team? Both are cool but it is not much fun to commit to train for the race and have teammates who haven’t trained at all. Or conversely go out to have a good time with the race and have overly competitive teammates stress everybody out. Ski-to-Sea is the best weekend of the year but it has severely strained many a friendship.