Happy Birthday, Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956)!
“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road, and when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did; I ran clear across Alabama.
No particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there I figured since I’d gone this far, might as well turn around and keep on going. And when I got to another ocean I figured since I’d gone this far, might as well just turn back and keep on going. When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry I ate. And when I had to go… you know… I went.”
Running and Racing have been important parts of my life for as long as I can remember. I ran Track and Cross Country at Amherst HS, back in the day, and am proud to have been training and competing with the Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) for more than thirty years. If my bones hold out, I hope to continue for another thirty.
Sixteen years ago, I began coaching, first as an Asst. Coach at Newton North HS in Newton, MA, and for the past ten years, as Head Track and Cross Country Coach at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts.
I've been writing about running for almost as long as I've been running, dating back to high school, when I would write meet summaries for the Amherst Record for about $0.33 per column inch. I've been blogging about running since 2005, and began blogging at "the runner eclectic" in 2014.
Until recently I also had a day job, working full-time as a Technical Product Manager for Nuance Communications, based in Burlington, MA. But I am now on what might turn out to be a permanent sabbatical.
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You know off the top of your head when it’s Tom Hanks’ birthday? Maybe it was in the one of those celebrity magazines that you have subscriptions to.
…says the guy who collects autographs from every famous female distance runner in North America…