Friday, May 1, 2009

2009 Team: David Purinton

David C. Purinton Email: Personal Records 2:37:32 Marathon (Rocket City 1994) 1:13:54 Half-marathon (Rocket City Half Marathon 1996) 33:31 10K (Vulcan 1996) 15:53 5K (Riverfest Run 1995) Brief Bio: David began running seriously in his native state of Maine and has been running for close to 30 years. He has raced every distance from the 1 mile to the ultra, on the roads, tracks and trails. He has been the top local finisher in the Rocket City Marathon a number of times and has won the HTC Grand Prix 6 times, consecutively. He has been recognized by the Huntsville Track Club with the Male Performance Award, the Comeback Award, the Norm Harris Outstanding Achievement Award, and has been nominated for the RRCA Scott Hamilton Award for the most outstanding club president in the nation. These awards recognize not only his running ability but his contributions to the running community as a volunteer. David has trained consistently throughout this period, except for a period of close to a year in 1999-2000 when he was diagnosed with a navicular stress fracture that required surgical intervention. His return to running was accompanied by a renewed interest in cycling which he now incorporates into his training. David has served the Huntsville Track Club as a race director, treasurer, and is currently serving his sixth term as president. He is happily married to his wife, Clare, and they have two children, Ben and Maggie. David is very involved with his church both in Huntsville and abroad. He enjoys being outside whether it be running, biking, hiking or backpacking and is very often enjoying these activities with his family. Short and Ling Term Goals Run to the best of my ability and continue to be a liaison for running in the Huntsville community. Glorify God through the talents and abilities He has given me. Community Involvement Huntsville Track Club President, webmaster, and race volunteer. Active member of Southwood Presbyterian Church where I serve as a deacon, property steward, usher, Jr. High Sunday school teacher, Jr. High ministry leader and foreign mission trip leader. I have coached basketball and baseball for my son’s teams as well as my daughter’s softball teams. I have also served as a coach for the Whitesburg Middle School Track Team.