Friday, February 10, 2012

2012 Fleet Feet Racing: Eric Patterson

Name: Eric Patterson
Date of Birth: May 19, 1972
City: Athens, Alabama

Twitter: @reachdown

Brief Biography

I am a native of North Alabama, having been born, raised, and now residing in Limestone County. I was always the fat guy until I lost over 70 pounds about 6 years ago and then started running. Running wasn't how I lost the weight, but it has been key to maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.

I am the race director for the Duck and Run 5k, currently the longest running race in Limestone County. I maintain a blog that keeps the public informed of race performances of Limestone County runners.

Running, particularly racing, has changed my life. Through prayers, conversations, pains, joys, sights, and sounds on my runs I have learned much about God, nature, and myself. Through racing I have improved the skill of setting and working toward challenging goals. I enjoy races from 5k to 50k.

Short Term Goals

I must break 3 hours in a marathon! I'm so focused on this, that I don't have any other performance related short term goal.  I plan to introduce more young people in Limestone County to the sport of running in 2012.

Long Term Goals

Some time in my life, I would like to win a race, any race, anywhere, any distance.  I'd like to be the fastest runner in Limestone County.

Personal Records
  • 5km at on 10/2011 Time 17:46
  • 10km at Elkmont Rails to Trails 10k on 09/2011 Time 38:01
  • 15km at Fleet Feet Monte Sano 15k on 10/2011 Time 58:58
  • 10 Mile at Rocket Run 10 Miler on 03/2010 Time 1:05:18
  • Half Marathon at Huntsville Half Marathon on 11/2009 Time 1:28:13
  • Marathon at Country Music Marathon on 04/2010 Time 3:07:29
  • 50km at Recover From the Holidays 50k on 12/2011 Time 4:14:45

Goal Races
  • Albany Marathon, 26.2, March 3
  • Chattanooga Stage Races, 60 miles over 3 days, June 15-17
  • Dizzy Fifties, 50 mile, November 17

A fun fact others might not know

I'm a huge mixed martial arts fan. I love the UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator. I plan to start taking karate this year and I watch MMA any time it's on TV. My favorite fighter is Benson Henderson.

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

I direct a race in Limestone County and volunteer often. I organize a weekly 10 mile run in Athens that has been running for over 3 years now.

I maintain two blogs about running. One is focused on my training and with it I attempt to inspire others to run. The other is focused on race performances by residents of Limestone County. I have built relationships with several Cross Country coaches in Limestone County and I encourage their students to embrace running.

I love to run and I truly want to share the positive change that running has made in my life with others.