Congrats to the Ultimate Fit January Runner of the Month, Chris Mack! Here is more about Chris:
"I’m 50 years old and have lived in Evansville pretty much all my life. I’ve been at Red Spot Paint the last 15 years as a Chemist. I also just became a grandpa this year and can’t wait to get the little guy out for a run."
What motivates you to run/walk?
My running habit helps to offset my other habit of having the occasional wine or beer.
How many races have you participated in?
I’m at 105 and counting.
What age did you start running/walking for fun & competitively?
I started running at 45.
Favorite place to run/walk?
The Burdette USI Greenway is by far the best. We’ll maintained trail, scenic and challenging.
Favorite local race?
Any run that has a beer at the end is always a favorite. There are just so many fun and unique races to pick from in the area. The USI running series is the group of races I look forward to every year though.
Favorite race outside of the Tri-State?
I’ve only done a few outside the area but the Urban Bourbon Half in Louisville is probably my pick. The course is challenging and meeting fellow runners from all over the country at the post-race pub crawl is a blast.
Farthest you have traveled to do a race?
Favorite race distance?
Favorite race memory?
I love the finish of the Evansville Half every year. You’ve spent the whole summer training with Team 13 and to be there at the end to greet all your training buddies as they cross the line and seeing all that work pay off is by far the best racing moment.
Funniest race memory?
Running around the Speedway during the Indy Mini and coming upon two guys in full racing fire suits doing their best Ricky Bobby routine from Talladega Nights.
Craziest thing you saw at or during a race,
A guy doing the Jingle Bell 5k on skis.
Favorite pre & post-race meal/drink?
Chicken and pasta is my go to pre-race meal. Post-race I’ll take chocolate milk or a beer and then go find some ice cream.
What is your favorite brand of running shoe?
How many miles do you run/walk a week?
Usually no more than 20
What are your future goals for running/walking?
Just to still be doing this in 20 years.
Favorite time of day to run?
Favorite weather to run in?
Sunny and 50s is about perfect. Just keep the heat and humidity away from me.
Music or no music?
Brandon L. Barrett