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January 04, 2017 |

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We’d like to introduce you to Chris Gellene / =PR= Reston

I got into running when I moved here from Chicago in 1992, I wanted to stay in shape and loved to work out. I had seen and heard about the Marine Corps Marathon, and I thought that would be a challenge, so that year I signed up. The application fee was $20 and I spent $30 for shoes. For years I would sign up for the MCM, train, party hard the night before, run the marathon, party really hard after, then hang up my shoes till the next year. I ran my first 5 MCM’s in the same pair of shoes. I don’t recommend that. In addition to running the marathon every year I stayed busy raising 4 kids.

After 20+ marathons I wanted to try a triathlon, so I signed up for a sprint triathlon, which was really fun. I did another sprint, and then an Olympic triathlon, then I tried a Tough Mudder. I did three Tough Mudders, and they were an absolute blast.

In 2013 I ran the DC Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in sub 4 hours and it was suggested I try ultramarathons, someone had to explain to me what that was about. Shortly after I was approached about doing a 50K trail run. I signed up, and I was hooked on trail running.

A few years ago I was browsing through a magazine and there was a picture of people running a 100 mile race. I just couldn’t believe anyone could move their body that far. Well, after running 9 ultramarathons including six 50 milers, I thought it was time to step it up, so I signed up for a 100 mile race (C&O Canal 100, pictured with me finishing). My kids asked me not to do it, thinking I was going to get hurt (the same kids that ski with me as fast as possible down mountains were now worried about me getting hurt running). I befriended a runner at the North Face Challenge 50 miler this year, and he gave me good advice about running a 100 miler, some of which I actually followed. I still remember texting my progress to my PRR co-workers throughout the race, their responses when I told them that I had just hit mile 98 were priceless! So l signed up for another one this December.

I participate in a lot of the local PRR races, they are so well-attended, supported, and just a lot of fun. After many of them I will work a shift at PRR, and it’s so much fun wearing the race shirt and seeing other runners coming into the Reston store to talk about how great the morning was and their great accomplishment!