Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Runner Profile - Edmund Burke
Meet Edmund Burke
HS: Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA, 1987
College: College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA, 1991; San Francisco State University,
5 miles: 24:19 (2003)
10 miles: 49:18 (1998)
½ Marathon: 1:06:23 (2003)
Marathon: 2:21:47 (2003)
Favorite Local Races: GW Parkway 10-Miler; Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-Miler.
Favorite Local Trail: Capitol Crescent Trail
30 years ago, all 70 of my classmates and I (at an all-boys school in Ireland) had to run a 3-mile cross country race. Amazingly, I won. I wasn't a very good student or athlete, so when I discovered I was a halfway decent runner…I kept running! (I had never trained until a few days before the race, but after the race I ran for 120 days in a row!) That race changed my life.
Running is a generous sport. I've had the pleasure of running for Coach Centrowitz for the past 18 years (and running for Pacers for half of those years), and calling hundreds of teammates “friends.” Some highlights have been winning a Conference 10,000m in college, running a PR at the 1998 Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, and racing in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
I’m looking forward to competing in local races this winter and tackling a marathon in the spring. The first 30 years have been fantastic – so I’m going to keep running!