Jim Almquist

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JimName: Jim Almquist

Where were you born and raised? Born in Moline, Illinois (1959) and raised on a farm in Milan, Illinois

When did you begin running? Ran track (2 mile) and cross country in high school

How did you get started running? Ran some while in the Navy but started with 5Ks and 10Ks when I got out in 1986.

Favorite distance to run: Marathon

Favorite race: Maui Marathon 2012 .It was my favorite because Susan and I were on our Honeymoon, which we had delayed for almost 4 years.

Favorite Track N Trail event this year: Sunday South Mountain trail runs.

Favorite place to run: Any trail run. I really enjoy our Sunday South Mountain trail runs. The post run coffee, snacks and conversation are a great way to start off Sunday morning.

Favorite Quote: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? Anywhere is fine, as long as Susan is by my side. The beach would be great J

Other Hobbies: Gardening/yard work, gaming, bicycling (need to do more), shooting, TV and relaxing

Advice for new runners: Patience and balance are important. Trying to do too much, too quickly can lead to fatigue, injury, frustration or even a lack of motivation. I always think as I start a long training run or marathon, ‘how do I eat an elephant, one bite at a time’. Balance hard training with easy training, but mostly find balance in your life between work, family and running. All three can be part of a long healthy happy life.

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