Jeff Patterson

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Name: Jeff Patterson

Where were you born and raised? I was raised in Dublin California, which is located in the San Francisco Bay area.

When did you begin running? I began running in high school. I picked it up again about 8-9 years ago.

How did you get started running? Just before my freshman year in high school, a couple guys were trying to start a cross country team at our school. I had no idea what cross country was, but it sounded like a good idea to get in shape for other sports I wanted to play. I managed to earn my varsity letter the fall semester of my freshman year which seemed like a big deal in high school. Years later, I got back into running as a way of shedding pounds and reducing stress, which I am still working on.

Favorite distance to run: I prefer the half marathon distance. It’s just the right amount of challenging.

Favorite race: My first half marathon was the San Francisco marathon, which has been my favorite. I’ve only run it once so far, but being able to run across the Golden Gate Bridge was pretty cool and I just love the city.

Favorite Track N Trail event: I would have to say the Laughlin trip was my favorite event. What happens in Laughlin stays in Laughlin, so I can’t explain why, but it was a lot of fun getting to know so many different people.

Favorite place to run: I enjoy running around Tempe Town Lake. I like the water and I don’t have to cross any main streets.

Favorite Quote: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start” – John Bingham. I like this quote because for me, getting to the start line is amazing in itself.

Favorite Song to Listen to while running: My running playlist has a variety of music but on my long runs I usually start out with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

If you could run anywhere in the world where would it be? Before the summer I would have said Alaska, but that actually happened. I would love to run in Scotland.

Other Hobbies: I try to golf from time to time though I am not very good at it.

Advice for new runners: I was once given the advice to run my own race and I would pass that on to new runners. Don’t worry about others around you are doing or how fast they are going. Just focus on yourself and do what you can do. Most of all, have fun. That advice works for life as well.