Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 Team: David Riddle

David Riddle

Brief Biography

I was born in Anniston, AL on September 25, 1981 and first started running in the 4th grade shortly after my family moved to the Huntsville area. While in the 7th grade, I began running competitively at Liberty Middle School and continued running track and cross-country throughout my high school career at Bob Jones in Madison. My senior year, I was chosen as the HTC Male Outstanding High School Cross Country Runner of the year and was all-state in track and cross-country. In 2000, I began attending Auburn University and walked on to the varsity cross-country and track teams. After red shirting my freshman year, I was a four-year letter winner while working toward a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Following the completion of my undergraduate degree and athletic eligibility I hung around Auburn for another year and a half to continue training with the team and to earn my Master’s degree. After graduation I moved back to Huntsville, began working for the Army and got married to Stefanie Lycans. I have continued running competively, moving up in distance to the marathon and have recently begun running trails more often with promising results. In arguably my great running achievement, I won the 2009 Rocket City Marathon. I also won the 2009 Dizzy Fifties 50k, 2009 Recover from the Holidays 50k and the 2010 Mountain Mist 50k to be the first person to win all of the "Grand Slam" races in a single season.

Short Term Goals

Run under 32 minutes at Cotton Row in the 10k and be the top local finishers again.

Long Term Goals

Continue running trails and ultras and see where that takes me. Run more regional and national level races to continue challenging myself.

Personal Records
  • 1500m - 0:03:57 at 2008 Springtime Invite, Auburn University on 01/01/08 at age 26
  • 5 km - 0:14:38 at 2005 Penn Relays on 01/01/05 at age 23
  • 10 km - 0:31:27 at 2007 Azelea Trail Run on 01/01/07 at age 25
  • Other - 0:50:51 at 2008 Army Ten-Miler on 10/01/08 at age 27
  • 13.1 Mi - 1:08:11 at 2008 Huntsville Half Marathon on 11/01/08 at age 27
  • 26.2 Mi - 2:26:23 at 2009 Rocket City Marathon on 12/12/08 at age 27
  • 50 km - 3:21:25 at 2009 Dizzy Fifties on 11/15/09 at age 28

My performances and high profile within the local running community allow me a great opportunity to be a positive role model and an ambassador for the Fleet Feet brand. I am ale to use my years of experience and coaching to provide training advice to fellow team members and others in the community who want to increase their performance. I participate in events encouraging kids to be physically fit and actively at schools like Hampton Cove Elementary. I also have volunteered at the Autumn chase runs and other local races. I plan to continue to use my positive attitude and passion for the sport of distance running to be a powerful ambassador for Fleet Feet.