|Winning the 2011 Pat Boros Trail 10k|
Today, January 24th, is my Dad's Birthday. His name recently came up in a discussion of great runners in Minnesota's High School history. While not among the top-10 ever, my dad was, and is, a great runner. His greatest high school achievement was winning the 1982 State Cross Country Meet at the U of Minnesota Golf Course. He defeated Bob Jirele of Rochester Lourdes by 13 seconds, then a record for the largest margin of victory. He was nearly undefeated that year, losing only to an eventual Iowa state champion from Sheldon. On the track he recorded PRs of 4:29 and 9:27. After high school, my dad ran for Mankato State University and had a successful career. Today, he still runs regularly and is a cross country and track coach at Hutchinson High School. Happy Birthday Dad!