Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 Team: David Purinton

David Purinton

Brief Biography

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, and the Norm Harris Outstanding Achievement Award, recognizing 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 time 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.

Short Term Goals

Mix up my running by trying some new events. Continue to train effectively while maintaining balance with work, family, church, etc and remaining competitive.

Long Term Goals

Similar to short term goals above with a focus on keeping running fun and enjoyable while trying some new challenges such as different events. Continue to run to the best of my ability while staying healthy and learning to run smartly and appropriately for where I am.

Personal Records
  • 1 Mi - 0:04:51 at Harry Williams Track Meet on 07/09/94 at age 26
  • 2 Mi - 0:10:07 at Harry Williams Track Meet on 07/10/93 at age 25
  • 5 km - 0:15:53 at Riverfest Run (no longer run) on 10/21/95 at age 27
  • 4 Mi - 0:21:15 at Winter Winds on 02/09/97 at age 28
  • 8 km - 0:26:37 at Scholarship Fund Run on 04/01/95 at age 27
  • 10 km - 0:33:31 at Vulcan Run 10K on 11/09/96 at age 28
  • 15 km - 0:52:06 at Monte Sano 15K on 10/14/95 at age 27
  • 13.1 Mi - 1:13:54 at Rocket City Half Marathon on 11/02/96 at age 28
  • 26.2 Mi - 2:37:32 at Rocket City Marathon on 12/10/94 at age 26
  • 50 km - 4:03:46 at Mountain Mist Trail Run on 01/18/97 at age 28

I believe I am a good ambassador for Fleet Feet because I have a long history of running in Huntsville, as well as an established record for service to the local running community. This provides favorable recognition for Fleet Feet and the racing team. In addition I am often asked by friends/colleagues for suggestions on running/exercise gear which affords me the opportunity to recommend Fleet Feet as a source for such products.