In 1998 I was a fat depressed young man. Running was a natural complement to a set of necessary lifestyle changes. An unforgettable first continuous mile turned into a first 5k. A second 5k, the Seattle Jingle Bell run/walk led to an invitation to join the Arthritis Foundation's Joints in Motion marathon training team. First as a participant, then as a mentor, and then as a coach, I spent the next years globe-trotting with 100's of inspiring participants on the same journey to health I took years prior. Together we covered 10,000's of miles and raised $100,000's to benefit the cause.
In 2008 after moving to Arizona, I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis, a rare form of inflammatory arthritis.
When I'm being edgy and colorful I say that I'm glad I didn't join the team supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!
Today my symptoms are controlled with the help of the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals, a dedication to health, and a positive attitude.
Despite the condition, I have maintained my running streak for