He has also been a professor, teaching entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) and Western Michigan University. He has enjoyed running since he was kid, having run the Capitol 10,000 (in Austin) when he was 8 years old (in 1978) [ he recently ran the 40th running of the race 🙂 ]. He ran his first marathon in December 1992 — the Dallas White Rock Marathon. He took a hiatus from running long distances until he started running regularly again with his son, Martin, in 2008. Now Martin and John run together on a regular basis, with Martin being much quicker than dad. However, dad (John) still has a leg up on Martin in the long distance category. In the last 4-5 years, John has run the 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, 2012 Bernheim Forest Marathon, 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 2014 North Country Trail Marathon, 2015 Detroit Marathon — marathons. He has run half marathons as well: 2015 Illinois Half Marathon (with Martin), 2015 North Country Trail Half Marathon (with his sister, Betsy), 2016 BMO Vancouver Half Marathon (with his sister), 2016 Borgess Half Marathon (with Martin), 2016 Yosemite Half Marathon (with his sister), 2017 Yosemite Half Marathon (with his sister, and daughter, Naya), and one in the half marathon before the Dallas White Rock in 1992. If John had a choice, he would run trail races more often than road races.
Martin is a co-founder of Pick’n Run. His responsibilities in the organization revolve around hardware product design / development (e.g. LemurPack I).
He recently graduated from Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is currently a mechanical engineering study at Michigan Tech (helps with developing the Pick’n Run backpack by using the software, such as NX he learns in his courses). He plays music (plays the alto saxophone, piano, guitar, a little bit of drums, and started to play the tenor saxophone) and was a member of the high school cross country team. He was a drum major in the marching band program and was first chair as an alto saxophone. In cross country his personal record for a 5k race is 18:20. He started running both short and long distances races in 2008 (age 10) while living in Kentucky. His dad (John) gave him a goal to run 365 miles in one year, which motivated him to run more often and on a regular basis. It took him a while until he got into running and to improve his speed and increase his distance. He has ran five half marathons, four on the road (Kentucky Derby Festival Half-Marathon, Illinois Half Marathon, the Detroit Half Marathon, and the Capital City River Run) and one on a trail (Bernheim Forest Half-Marathon). He recently ran the Borgess Half Marathon in May 2016 with his dad. In August of 2017, he will be running the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon. His plan in the future is to run more half-marathons and get started on running marathons. His bucket list is to run a 50-mile race, an idea he got from reading the book, “Born to Run“, by Christopher McDougall (this is a great book to read about how we were born to run). He is thankful for his dad’s motivation to run, as he would not be as fit as he is today and would not have found a sport that he could do in high school and throughout his life.