Tuesday, June 16, 2009

He sure is a runnin' fool ...

This is the first in what I hope will be an ongoing series of short profiles highlighting an ardent local running enthusiast. Kicking it off: SEAN MULLEN, 39, of Mount Holly, who is attempting to complete 40 races during the 40th year of his life to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team in Training.

How long he's been running: 25 years. "Seriously" (i.e. training for races) for 16.
What he loves about running: I met my wife running the Boston Marathon. Also, what a great way to explore new cities, places, distances -- and new shoes.
What he hates about running: The first few steps.
Current running shoes: Mizuno.
Favorite place to run in the Charlotte area: Uptown Charlotte on the weekends. I have found and made up several routes -- usually starting from the Childress Klein Y.
Favorite annual N.C. race: Charlotte Racefest (10K and half marathon); Tri-Latta triathlon.
Favorite running gadget: Garmin 305.
Favorite distance: Anything past the first few steps (see above). Or the half-marathon.
PR for that distance: 1:35 -- but that was several years ago.
Favorite post-race treat: Pizza, peanut M&Ms.
What's next on his race calendar: As part of my "40 in 40" campaign [Sean's trying to raise $40,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society]: Ada Jenkins 5K, Kure Beach Double Sprint Tri, then several more in August, September, October ... you get the point.

If you're interested, Mullen's blog is here and his Web site is here.

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Know of another running fool? Tell me about him or her in an e-mail to tjanes@charlotteobserver.com.


Anonymous said...

...pretty sure this guy blew past me on the TriLatta Trail this past Sunday. Way to go for 40 at 40!!! Good luck!!!!

Anonymous said...

You might want to check out this story about two runners with a unique bond. Both are excellent distance runners. One is sighted and the other is blind. I have met them many times as members of the Mangum Track Club. This past Saturday, they both finished the Boogie 50 Miler in 11:41. (Thats 11 hours and 41 minutes). They have run many marathons together. Inspirational runners and Great Americans. (Sorry about the long link)

Anonymous said...

He is a running fool, but I am so proud of him! Way to go Sean! Your loving wife.