TSR Runner of the Week-Merritt Moore

By: Kayla Dodd

Ladies & gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to this week's featured TSR Runner of the Week, Merritt Moore! He has been running for 5 years now and crossed 24 TSR finish lines (that is not including all his other races)! He ran cross country in high school in the early 70's but did not pick it back up until 5 years ago when his best friend and fellow runner, Steve Sisson, encouraged him to run again. 

Merritt's first race was the Charleston Distance Run 5k in August of 2012 (this year's CDR takes place September 3rd if you also want to check out this awesome race)! His current 5k PR is 22:16 (May 2014 at the Race for Recovery 5k), and he has been crushing this goal ever since he started his running journey in 2012. One of his running goals is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. 

Alot of his training and running is to help improve his health and to keep a healthy lifestyle. He is also up for the challenge! Two of the coolest things that he loves to see at a race, are the runners who are pushing strollers (I am always amazed by this too...especially the double strollers) and watching those who have some type of disability, who had the courage and motivation to get out there and run or walk! His dream race is of course the race that he is currently working on qualifying for...the Boston Marathon!!!!! 

As runners, we all have different ways of motivating ourselves and things that we say, well Merritt loves the quote, "You don't stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running."

One of his best experiences that he has got from running was when he crossed the finish line at the Columbus Marathon in 2014, and the fact that he raised over $5,000 for the Nationwide Children's Hospital, as a children's champion finisher. Running has also changed his life because it has taught him self-discipline and increased his confidence level. He has also been able to meet new challenges in his life and push himself to new levels!

He doesn't run without his favorite brand of running shoes, Hoka, and his favorite piece of running gear, which is his hat! His favorite pre-race meal is oatmeal and 2 cups of coffee. He usually runs 5 days a week and does his speedwork during the week and the long runs on the weekend. He likes to use the "Gallaway Method", which allows him to walk at various intervals and allows him to "catch his breath" and then quickly pick his pace back up. 

Merritt would like to say to all beginning runners (and those of us who need a little extra motivation), "join a running group with a leader or coach so you can learn proper technique and gain the encouragement and motivation from your running peers." 

He absolutely loves the feeling when he crosses the finish line after a race. He is always striving to give it everything he has got and he just lets his results take care of themselves. He loves participating in Series races, where there are opportunities to earn a finisher medal for completing all 3 races within the series. 

Congratulations to Merritt, we can't wait to see him at more of our finish lines! Do you know someone who should be the TSR Runner of the Week? Comment below or email kayla@tristateracer.com. 

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