Clay Novick

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ClayName: Clay Novick

Where were you born and raised? I was born in Middletown, NY and raised in

Tampa, Florida

When did you begin running? I started once a week in the fall of 2009. For a brief stint. Then joined AZTNT in April 2012.

How did you get started running? My wife used reverse psychology on me, by saying that she and friends were going running and then to breakfast. She knows, I never miss a chance to go out to breakfast, but only asked once, After two runs without me, she left me no choice but, having to invite myself along!

Favorite distance to run: So far it’s a half marathon. I like the challenge and that I still have to push myself.

Favorite race: My favorite race was my first half marathon in Long Beach. It was an amazing view, a perfect day and a got to run it with my wife and an old friend from school.

Favorite Track N Trail event this year: This is tough to choose. I think my favorite was Jim & Linda’s 30th anniversary party. We were glad to be a part of it and it was the first time we saw our running friends in there civilian clothes.

Favorite place to run: Definitely South Mountain. It beautiful, challenging and not to far away. The best part is coffee and treats afterwards:)

Favorite Quote: I have to mention 3 of them.

  • “Run light, Run Smooth & Run Free” Caballo Blanco
  • “Keep on, Keepin’ On”. This is Jen’s quote and it makes me smile, when she says it!
  • “Start slow, finish strong”! This reminds me I don’t have to keep up with everyone else.

If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? Would have to say the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, now the Caballo Blanco Ultra Marathon. The book “Born to Run” and more so Micah True had an amazing impact on me and my wife. I would love to go and run were it all began and pay a tribute to our friend Caballo!

Other Hobbies: Cooking, Cats and hanging with my girl.

Advice for new runners: Join our running group AZTNT, its a great group of people and there’s a pace for everyone. Don’t over train. Listen to Coach Jim.

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