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#PRRunningFamily

November 14, 2016 |

A group of people who are passionate about fitness and our community.

Allow us to introduce you to our staff, one story at a time. #PRRunningFamily

We’d like to introduce you to Brian Quintana / =PR= Burke

I began running at a young age when my elementary school P.E. teacher started a morning running club. I remember receiving a little foot key chain for every mile we ran and the sense of accomplishment it brought me. Although I played team sports for a good portion of my life, running was always my hobby on the side. That was until I decided to make it my main focus in high school with cross country and track.

The thing that I love most about running is the ability to push your limits, whether that’s a given distance or a time on the clock. Growing up my family used to go down to Virginia Beach for an annual end of summer vacation. My first few years there I would just be in awe as I watched runners complete the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. I knew it was something I had to do. I first ran the half was when I was 13 years old. My brother ran it with me and we finished in just under 2.5 hours. My brother was destroyed, but I was hooked for life. The next year I began to focus on the race and dropped 50 minutes off my time! That blew my mind and made me wonder what else I could accomplish in running.

After experimenting with a few ultra distance races in high school I became intrigued with the idea of going farther and faster. Having a friend who was cyclist, and being on a swim team growing up, it only seemed natural at 20 years old to do an Ironman. After quickly finding out that there is much more to training than just attempting to swim, bike, and run as far as possible, I decided to join up with my former swim coach, Debi Bernardes, at UCanDoItCoaching. I joke that I have received a BA from George Mason and at the minimum a minor from Debi in anything endurance sports related.

My recent running accomplishments include completing my second Ironman where I placed in my age group, running home from college (George Mason to Stafford) which my mother loved crewing for, and running a marathon around campus because that seemed like a good idea at the time. Each of these runs were experiences where I just had so much fun getting out there, meeting people, and trying something new. This is the key for me.

It is weird to say, but working at =PR= was a dream job for me. I have always wanted two things: to serve in the military, and to work at a running store. I couldn’t be happier than being a part of the =PR= family and the bigger running community in the Northern Virginia area.