Larry Brooks – Runner’s Profile


Larry Brooks- Runners Profile

By Joe Howell and Gene Deering

Larry Brooks…..a legend in his own time?  You betcha. Larry has been an SBAA member for over 30 years…In the “old days”, Larry ran a sub 3 hour marathon, a sub 37 minute 10K and has a Western States 100 to his credit, but what has he done lately? How about smoking the competition at the US Track and Field Cross Country Championship in Boulder in February, winning the 70-74 age group in the cross country 8K by over TWO MINUTES, and leading his SBAA teammates (Al Sladek, John Brennand and Larry Suhr) to a age group national championship? If/when Larry passes you in the next local race, just smile and realize that you have run with a legend (who has 10 great grandchildren).

Name:   Larry Brooks

Age:  74

Nicknames:  My wife Wendy calls me Lorenzo… or A**hole

Hometown:   Lima, Ohio

Employment:  Retired, aka Groundskeeper

Family:  Wife Wendy, sister, two daughters, 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren!

Favorite Food (Pre-Race/Otherwise): Mexican

Favorite MoviesA Fish Called Wanda & The Bandits

Favorite Spectator Sport: The Super Bowl; watching the lady running just ahead of me

Car I’d Love to be Driving: 2014 Dodge 2500 Pickup Truck

My friends describe me as:  Laidback, liberal, happy

My trademark expression is: “I don’t remember”

If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Drill a deeper well on our property

In the next 5 years, I hope to:  Run a 5K under 21 min (maybe on a short course)

In the next 10 years, I hope to: Still be racing and running

Accomplishments: See “Family” above; also Wendy and I built our log home together

Personal  Fact:  I was a Santa Barbara County Fireman

Favorite Running Shoes: Was Nike Pegasus; now Saucony Kinvara, Size 14

Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): 10K  PR 36:45

Best Race and Why: My only 100 miler, Western States 100.  I trained by running Santa Barbara trails every weekend.

Worst Race and Why:  Sri Chinmoy Marathon, Goleta.  1 mile laps; dropped out on lap 17, couldn’t take the monotony!

Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): About 25

Favorite Local Race: Roses En La Playa, a good run up and a good race down

Most Memorable Running Experience: Finishing Western States 100 in the stadium

Favorite Place to Run: Bird Refuge to Shoreline Park and return

Glory Days PR: San Diego Marathon, under 3 hours

Realistic Running Goals for this Year:  Still trying to lower my PRs

Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: Avoiding injuries while trying to lower PRs

Lifetime Running Goals: Lifetime goals are fond memories for this ol boy!

Local Running Heroes & Why: Vern Coloudes- he runs every day and every race;  Patsy Dorsey-she’s a fireball and organizer; Nash Jiminez- almost always top age-graded

Personal Training Tips: I go to bed early and get up early, stretch almost every day, eat well, drink very little alcohol, always start slowly, then speed up, laugh a lot.

Why I Run:  Why not?  It’s what I have always done!

I love runners who:  Smile, say hello, run with their dogs

Don’t Love runners who:  Frown, cry, vomit, finish ahead of me

Suggestions for local races:  None, the races are great

Suggestions for SBAA:  None, it’s a fine organization, with hardworking people and gangbuster profiles!

My views on:  Don’t get me started!

Add Anything:  My mom lived to 100 years.  Good genes, you say?  My dad died at age 51.  Law of averages, I’m getting close!

Favorite Quote:  Yogi:  “I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question.”

SBAA Member since:  Approximately 1980

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