Gary Clancy has realized running goals that are downright inspiring – how about running the NYC Marathon with your entire family? Or going for a Boston qualifying time, hitting it and running Boston the next year? When the SBAA considered the Mike & Rusty training program, there was uncertainty – would it work, would people stick with it? Just read Gary’s profile to learn about one member of the group who loves the program and credits the training for much of his success.
Gary Clancy — hardcore runner, community volunteer, family man and first class nice guy
Name: Gary Clancy
Age: 63 (2008)
Hometown: Flushing New York
Favorite Food (Pre-Race/Otherwise): Pasta
Favorite Movie: Analyze This, Brave Heart, The Muppet movies and JAWS 1
Favorite Running Shoes: Brooks Adreneline
Family: Married for 39 years to Doris, grown son Sean and wife Gretchen, daughter Nicole and husband Brian, Samantha the cat and Brady the wonder Golden Retriever. (Actually he is a certified therapy dog).
Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: Being involved with United Cerebral Palsy in Santa Barbara/Ventura and in a Christian volunteer ministry at USP Lompoc.
Most Prized Possession: Not sure; maybe my health.
Favorite Spectator Sport: Golf and hockey.
Car I’d Love to be Driving: ’68 Ghia convertible.
My friends describe me as: encouraging, positive thinking.
My trademark expression is: No Problem/No Worries
If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Donate more. Maybe get a side tie in the Marina.
In the next 5 years, I hope to: Work less and train more.
In the next 10 years, I hope to: Be winning my age group and able to find my way home without a map.
Accomplishments: Getting my wife to run a second marathon with me and the family. Awarded three patents in fluid handling. Completed training as a Certified Senior Advisor.
Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): Marathon because it feels so great when you finally finish; did a 3:54 last October at Portland, Oregon.
Best Race and Why: Qualified for Boston at the 2007 Portland Marathon.
Worst Race and Why: 2007 Rock and Roll Marathon-Worst time ever. Hit the wall at mile 8. Was really a long 18 miles to the finish.
Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 40-60 miles
Local Race: State Street Mile and the Santa Barbara half marathon.
Most Memorable Running Experience: It started snowing at mile 22 of the NYC Marathon. Also Kona Marathon – it had miles and miles of the lava fields in the month of August. The heat and humidity were incredible.
Favorite Place to Run: Anywhere in Santa Barbara/Goleta.
Glory Days PR: Next race and specifically the next marathon.
Realistic Running Goals for this Year: PR at 5K, 10K, half and full marathon
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: Break 6 minutes at the State Street mile, sub 21 minutes for the 5K and and sub 3 40 marathon.
Lifetime Running Goals: To be able to keep running or at least going forward.
Local Running Heroes & Why: Everyone who gets out there and goes forward because it is really about the journey not the destination. Also everyone in Rusty Snow and Mike Swan’s Tuesday/Saturday group. The support is awesome. Phil Womble-Maybe not a running hero but he is someone who has touched the lives of thousands of people especially in Santa Barbara. Visit the Phil Womble Hall of Champions at UCSB.
Personal Training Tips: Listen to your body, listen to what Rusty and Mike say and keep fueled.
Why I Run: Simply because it feels good. It also relieves stress. It is a time to be by myself even in a big group. Problems can go away even if for a short time.
I love runners who: Do not talk to me during a race that requires me to answer.
I don’t care for runners who: Pass me by as if I was standing still and say great job.
Suggestions for local races: They are all well organized. Maybe reduced prices for members or locals in the bigger races.
Suggestions for SBAA: You are doing a great job.
My views on: Life is too short. Need to bring closure on problems as soon as possible. The longer I wait, the harder they can become.
Add Anything: Every day that I can run, ride or swim is a great day.
Favorite Quote: The harder I work, the luckier I get-Henry Ford
SBAA Member since: 2003