Friday, March 25, 2011

2011 Elite Team: David Purinton

David Purinton
Age: 43
Huntsville, AL

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. He has twice been nominated for the RRCA Scott Hamilton Award which recognizes the outstanding club president in the nation and in 2010 he won the award at the RRCA National Convention. 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 at Harry Williams Track Meet 4:51
  • 2 Mi at Harry Williams Track Meet 10:07
  • 5 km at Riverfest Run (no longer run) 15:53
  • 4 Mi at Winter Winds 21:15
  • 8 km at Scholarship Fund Run 26:37
  • 10 km at Vulcan Run 10K 33:31
  • 15 km at Monte Sano 15K 52:06
  • 10 Mi at Rocket Run 56:20
  • 13.1 Mi at Rocket City Half Marathon 1:13:54
  • 26.2 Mi at Rocket City Marathon 2:37:32
  • 50 km at Mountain Mist Trail Run 4:03:46
Recent Race Results
  • Mountain Mist Trail Run 50 km 4:49:24 10th OA 3rd Mas
  • Winter Winds 4 Mi 23:24 7th OA 2nd AG
  • UAH Spring Run 10 km 36:31 5th OA 1st AG
  • McKay Hollow Madness 13.1 Mi 2:02:15 2nd OA 1st Mas
  • Cookie Dash 5 km 17:36 4th OA 1st AG/Mas
  • Race the Lakes 10 km 36:27 2nd OA 1st Mas
  • Monte Sano 10K 10 km 37:43 14th OA 2nd AG
  • Monte Sano Fleet Feet 15K 15 km 58:26 10th OA 1st AG
  • Huntsville Half Marathon 13.1 Mi 1:21:08 16th OA 3rd AG
  • Rocket City Marathon 26.2 Mi 2:57:54 33rd OA 3rd AG
2011 Calendar
  • Mountain Mist 50km 50 km 1/22/2011 4:40-4:50
  • Winter Winds 4 Mi 2/14/2010 23 minutes
  • Rocket Run 10 Mi 3/20/2010 sub 59
  • Cotton Row 10 km 5/31/2010 sub 37
  • Monte Sano 10K 10 km 9/4/2010 sub 37
  • Rocket City Marathon 26.2 Mi 12/11/2010 mid 2:50s
  • TBD as time/schedule permit Other