As one of the longest standing (much less running!) members of the SBAA, Al Sladek has more than earned the right to be featured in a Runners Profile. Many of us would hope to be able to run 10Ks in our 60’s……. while Al is running marathons. Whether it is a Sierra Club Friday Night hike or swing dancing, Al is as high energy as they come.
Name: Al Sladek
Age: 67 (2009)
Favorite Food: Coconut Cream Pie
Favorite Movie: Avatar (Don’t see many movies)
Employment: Retired (Electrical Engineer with Delco Electronics)
Family: 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 1 daughter
Other Sports, Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, Swimming, Swing Dancing, Backpacking
If Money Were not a Consideration: Travel and see how the other half lives.
Accomplishments: I have led the Friday Night hikes for the Sierra Club for 36 years. Volunteered for Direct Relief International for 10 years. 12 marathons over the years.
Favorite Distance and Best Race/PR: 10K, 40 minutes 30 seconds on the Goleta Beach out and back course sometime in the late 70s or early 80s
Worst Race and Why: Boston 2005. It was very hot and my worst marathon time.
Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 25
Favorite Local Race: McConnells 5 and 10 K
Most Memorable Running Experience: At mile 19 at the St. George
Marathon in 2001 my anal sphincter felt like Mount St. Helens just before the big blow, and I reached for the door of the port a potty and it opened. That was a very close one. I thought that Murphy’s Law would prevail and someone would be in there and I wouldn’t be able to hold it and I would be declared Persona Non Grata by the Utah Tourist Bureau.
Glory Days PR: Boston 2002 when I ran a 3:39 marathon
Realistic Running Goals this Year: Run a 1,000 miles and still get enough swimming in to do both at Nite Moves.
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals: Run another marathon
Local Running Heroes and Why: John Brennand for his dedication and inspiration.
Personal Training Tips: Eat well, Sleep well, and run lots of miles.
Why I Run: For the endorphin high, which is a lot less that it used to be. It gives me the energy to do all the things that couch potatoes can’t do.
I love Runners Who: Are slower than me. Not too many any more.
Suggestions for local races: I think Kevin hit on something when he didn’t charge for runners under 18 at the Elings Park 5 and 10K. It brought out a lot of young kids who wouldn’t have run otherwise.
Suggestions for SBAA: See above.
Favorite Quote: When I was 15 and I had all the answers and none of the questions, I left home to seek my fortune in the world. By the time I was 50 I felt sure that I had come full circle and had all the questions and none of the answers. But by this time I had my very own teenage daughter with all the answers.
SBAA Member Since: The late 70s..