James Graeff

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IMG_1505Name: James Graeff

Where were you born and raised? Shillington, Pennsylvania

When did you begin running? 7/8/82

How did you get started running? I was playing a lot of racquetball with my roommate in the Army and wanted to be able beat him at least one or two games if we played three. I knew if I had more stamina, I’d be able to outlast him.

Favorite distance to run: 13.1

Favorite race: Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT.

Favorite Track N Trail event: Wednesday night track followed by pizza.

Favorite place to run: The woods behind Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. It’s shady and lots of up and down hills but mostly I like it because it reminds me of my deceased Mom, Dad and sister, and my brother, who is still with us, but has had 2 strokes and cancer. I would think of them individually during different sections of the trails and would remember the good times. You can really get inside your head during a run and this was a tranquil place, sometimes sad but mostly positive. Jane and I also enjoyed running the 10.5 mile loop at the Saratoga Nation Battlefield. The views and history are inspiring. We also enjoy the runs at San Tan and South mountains and Saturday morning runs with the group.

Favorite Quote: “There are no bad runs, just some that a better than others.”

Favorite Song to Listen to while running: “Rockin’ In The Free World,” Neil Young.

Other Hobbies: Guitar, hanging out with Jane.

Advice for new runners: Just put one foot in front of the other. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow your are, it’s the joy of moving that counts the most. I’m trying to take my own advice while I recover from my calf injury.