Friday, February 10, 2012

2012 Fleet Feet Racing: Eric Fritz

Name: Eric Fritz
Date of Birth: July 7, 1967
City: Huntsville, Alabama

Twitter: @eafritz

Brief Biography

I grew up in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC and moved to Huntsville right out of college in 1989. Having never run competitively before, I started running when I was 35 to get more fit and try to increase my stamina for volleyball tournaments. Within 5 years I decided to quit playing volleyball to focus on my running and now have run almost 100 races of all distances from 5K to 100 miles. I have two wonderful daughters that keep me quite busy and a very supportive wife who lets me get a way with much more than I should. I love the outdoors and feel most at home in the woods.

Short Term Goals

My only racing goal for this year is to achieve a silver buckle at the Western States 100. I'm sure I'll push for a PR here or there as well but that is all secondary to the buckle.

Long Term Goals

My long term goals include being fit enough to run the Hardrock 100 mile race as well as finding the time to run "significant distance" on the Appalachian Trail. And, as with every runner I know, the only true long term goal is to have the ability to continue to run for many years to come.

Personal Records
  • 2 Mile at Winter Winds on 02/2010 Time 13:35 - Only time I've ever run one
  • 5km at Rudolph Run on 12/2010 Time 19:28 - 11 OA, 1 AG
  • 10km at River City Run on 04/2011 Time 40:00 - 16 OA, 2 AG
  • 15km at Monte Sano on 10/2010 Time 1:08:12
  • 10 Mile at Rocket Run on 03/2011 Time 1:10:05  - 21 OA, 1 AG
  • Half Marathon at Marine Corps Historic Half on 05/2011 Time 1:32:31  - 93 OA, 9 AG
  • Marathon at Rocket City on 12/2010 Time 3:20:52
  • 50km at Dizzy Fifties on 11/2008 Time 4:58:15  - 12 OA, 3 AG
  • 50 Mile at Delano on 03/2011 Time 8:02:55
  • 100 Mile at Lean Horse on 08/2010 Time 20:36:42  - 8 OA, 1 AG
  • Other at Strolling Jim 40 mile on 05/2011 Time 5:41:30  - 14 OA, 4 AG

Goal Races
  • Western States 100, 100 Miles, 6/23/2012
  • Huntsville Half, 13.1 Miles, 11/10/2012

A fun fact others might not know

I made the Maryland All State Choir in 1985

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

As the president of the Huntsville Track Club I am an ambassador to the sport of running every day. In addition, I direct the 10k Training Group "Next Steps" for Fleet Feet and I volunteer at a large number of races throughout the year.