Friday, February 10, 2012

2012 Fleet Feet Racing: Brandon York

Name: Brandon York
Date of Birth: June 13, 1985
City: Madison, Alabama

Twitter: @racinbran

Brief Biography

I was born and raised an Air Force brat in Columbus, MS. I have two beautiful sisters, one older and one younger. All three of us were involved in different sports at young ages. One did ballet and eventually softball, while the other did gymnastics. I began my quest with running when I was in the 8th grade, which was somewhat of a "last resort" sport for me. Eventually, I was allowed an opportunity to run cross country, indoor and outdoor track on the collegiate level at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. While there, I also received a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Upon graduating, I was fortunate enough to start a career working for a DoD government contractor in Huntsville, AL. I took two years off from running after college to focus on other things. After some soul searching, I decided that I needed to start running again. Since joining the Fleet Feet Racing Team in 2010, I have enjoyed getting to make new friends, volunteer my time, and run faster than I've ever run before. I look forward to the 2012.

Short Term Goals
  • To continue to make improvements on where I left off last year. 
  • I especially want to PR in the 5000 (I haven't PR'd since 2006)
  • Road: Sub-15 5k, Sub-31 10k, Sub-25 8k, Sub-51 10 mile (Or sub-47:25 15k)
  • Track: Sub-15 5000m, Sub-31 10000m

Long Term Goals
  • Stay healthy and injury-free.
  • Qualify for 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon.

Personal Records
  • 1 Mile at JSU Invitational on 04/2007 Time 4:18 - N/A, Converted 4:01 1500m
  • 2 Mile at Clemson Tiger Classic (Indoor) on 02/2007 Time 9:12 - 4th, Converted 8:38 3000m
  • 2 Mile at Winter Winds (Road) on 02/2012 Time 9:28.8 - 2nd overall, (state age record)
  • 5km at Vanderbilt Invitational on 4/2012 Time 14:48 - 2nd overall
  • 4 Mile at Winter Winds (Road) on 02/2012 Time 20:04 - 2nd overall, (state age record)
  • 8km at Steeplechase 8km on 5/2012 Time 24:49 - 1st overall (state age record)
  • 5 Mile at Brooks Memphis Twilight XC Clasic on 10/2006 Time 24:49 - 11th, Converted 24:40 8k
  • 10km at Vulcan Run 10k (Road) on 11/2011 Time 31:26 - 5th overall
  • 15km at Monte Sano 15k (Road) on 10/2010 Time 50:04  - 1st overall
  • 10 Mile at Army Ten Miler (Road) on 10/2011 Time 51:24  - 23rd overall

Goal Races
  • UAH Spring 10k, 10k, 3/4/12
  • Alabama Relays, 5000m, 3/23/12
  • Scholarship Fund Run 8k, 8k, 4/7/12
  • Auburn Invitational, 5000m, 4/20/12

A fun fact others might not know

I'm a decent cartoon impressionist (Bullwinkle, Kermit the Frog, Popeye, etc.). Also, I'm exactly one half Mexican.

How have you been an ambassador to the sport of running?

I try my best to be competitive at races that I enter and demonstrate a unique love for the sport of long distance running. When representing Fleet Feet, whether it be at races or in training, I try to help out anyway that I can, be friendly and courteous to those around me, obey race or local park rules, and be cheerful regardless of any circumstance.