Ricky Ho

rickyho2008It is difficult to find a runner who has improved more quickly than Ricky Ho. His ascent up the Nite Moves leader board has been both swift and steady. After dropping two minutes off his 5K time in the last ten weeks, Ricky now lives in the top five finishers each Wednesday night. Almost as impressive as Ricky’s ability is his ever present fan base. Show up to any local race and you will continually hear: “Come on Ricky” “Looking good Ricky” “Keep it up Ricky” ; most hear these words of support in the distance. Ricky’s popularity is not by coincidence, as he brings his energy and passion for running to every training run and event. After seeing what Ricky has done in only two years, it might be scary (particularly to those in his GP age group) to think where he could be in the next five.

Name: Ricky Ho
Age: 32 (2008)
Nicknames: Diz/Dizzy
Hometown: Hong Kong
Favorite Food (Pre-Race/Otherwise): Sushi, Hawaii Pizza, In & Out Burger
Favorite Movie: October Sky, Italian Job, The Day After Tomorrow
Favorite IPOD Running Music/Song (or Your Thoughts on Running with an IPOD): Once in A Lifetime by Keith Urban
Employment: Research and Development Chemist II Lead at NuSil Silicone Technology
Favorite Running Shoes: Adidas Tempo
Family: Mom and Dad are retired. One older brother who works as a computer hardware and software engineer
Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: Triathlon, Beach volleyball, tennis, hiking, camping, Wednesday “Nite Groovers”
Favorite Spectator Sport: Basketball, tennis and golf but I have to go for Summer Olympics this year
Car I’d Love to be Driving: Mini Cooper.

My friends describe me as: hard worker and easy-going
My trademark expression is: “Don’t blame the player, blame the game”
If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Travel and run in every state.
In the next 5 years, I hope to: Build up a solid career
In the next 10 years, I hope to: A family of my own
Accomplishments: The Faces of L.A. by Carin Chapin from L.A. Sport & Fitness May 08 edition, B.S. Degree in Biochemistry

Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): I like to run any distance but I do better on road than track
Best Race and Why: Nite Moves. I like the downhill finish.
Worst Race and Why: Pier to Peak 2006. It was three months after I started running with only a few 5K races at Nite Moves and one 10K race at McConnell’s. I got cramps in both legs and was unable to walk down to the shuttle stop. What am I thinking?
Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 25-35
Favorite Local Race: Nite Moves
Most Memorable Running Experience: Santa Barbara 10 Miler 2008
Favorite Place to Run: Santa Barbara. We have a wonderful running community and I am happy being a part of it.
Glory Days PR: 4 PR’s in April to May 08 (Nite Moves 5K: 17:26, Mother’s Day 10K: 37:08, Santa Barbara 10 Miler: 62 minutes; and Wine Country Half: 1:24:04)

Realistic Running Goals for this Year: Break 17 minutes for 5K and run a marathon
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: Break 16 minutes for 5K
Lifetime Running Goals: Keep it healthy
Local Running Heroes & Why: Micah Tyhurst, Aaron Gillen and Todd Both. They run like a machine and make it so easy. Joe Hilton/Paul Williams – they help me to cut more than 2 minutes(in ten weeks) for 5k at Nite Moves last year. They always support and encourage me on each race. Matt Trost- always tried to catch him last year and he helped me a lot to improve my time. Desa Mandarino- always tries hard at each race and never gives up.
Personal Training Tips: Take it slow. Try a few seconds faster each race and keep your pace. Join a group run because it is always fun to run with others. Know the right time to rest and keep injury free. Talk to Rusty, he knows how to train a perfect runner.
Why I Run: I am chemist and work in my lab all the time. I really need some fresh air.

I love runners who: Say hi and smile!
I don’t care for runners who: Follow and pass me on the race
Suggestions for local races: Get better prizes. It will get more people to run and fast runners do deserve a good prize.
Suggestions for SBAA: New club Singlet

My views on: Everyday- be graceful with what you got in your life. Just be happy!
Add Anything: Support your local running store (Santa Barbara Running or Outfooters). They know how to help you to find a pair of perfect shoes and get to know you in person. Not like a big brand sport place, they just want your money.
Favorite Quote: The harder you fall, the higher you bounce
SBAA Member since: 2007

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