Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 Team: Marty Clarke

Marty Clarke

Brief Biography

I was born in Memphis, TN. I have lived in Huntsville since 1989. I ran my first road race (10K) in 1980 while in the Army and have been running ever since. I participated in Triathlons from 1986-1990 and realized that my lack of swimming ability kept me from being competetive. I have raced every distance from the mile to 51 miles. I have been competitive at most distances. I would not have been able to compete all these years without the support of my wife, Tina and my two daughters. I have been a member of Huntsville track club since 1997and I have directed the HTC All-comers Track meet since 2002. I have been a member of the Fleet Feet Racing team since 2004. I have coached Cross-Country at Westminster Christian Academy since 2007. I have participated in Fleet Feet Tuesday Track workouts since 2004. I have participated in training groups for RCM, Huntsville Half-marathon and Cotton Row 10k. I also coached the first Mizuno Half marathon training. I am a member of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.

Short Term Goals

Focus on training for specific distances and races. Work on total fitness not just running fitness. Work on any weaknesses in my running training. Attempt to break 1 Mile State Age Record for 48 year olds. Improve race times from the last two years.

Long Term Goals

Continue running as long as possible, while slowing down as little as possible. Use the experience I have gained over 30 years of running to help others to reach their running goals.

Personal Records
  • 1 Mi - 0:04:44 at Jimmy Vest Mile on 09/18/99 at age 37
  • 2 Mi - 0:10:18 at Winter Winds on 02/08/99 at age 36
  • 5 km - 0:16:08 at Halloween 5k on 10/30/99 at age 37
  • 4 Mi - 0:21:21 at Turket Trot on 11/23/99 at age 37
  • 8 km - 0:27:17 at Scholarship Fund Run on 04/03/02 at age 40
  • 10 km - 0:33:27 at River City Run on 04/10/00 at age 38
  • 13.1 Mi - 1:15:06 at Rocket City Half Marathon on 11/04/99 at age 37
  • 26.2 Mi - 2:48:24 at Rocket City Marathon on 12/13/98 at age 36
  • 50 km - 4:10:30 at Dizzy Fifties on 11/19/05 at age 43
  • Other - 0:56:06 at Rocket Run 10 Mi on 03/19/00 at age 38

I feel I would be a good ambassador for Fleet Feet because of my long time involvement with the Huntsville Track Club and the Huntsville running community. I have a good knowledge of running and training methods and I am willing to share this information with all runners who are interested. From working in the store I have good product knowledge. I also have knowledge of the shoe fitting process and how it applies to biomechanics.