Tony Borek

Tony Borek

Tony Borek

Profile: Tony Borek Question- Who is a 3:48 marathon, college football rock star family man, who loves The Sound of Music, quotes Tom Landry and Emil Zatopek and is willing to share both wild (“travelling into space”) and mundane “cleaning my garage” personal goals? Answer- Tony (aka “TBone”, “The Crusher”) Borek (15 Oct)

Name: Tony Borek
Age: 46
Nicknames: TBone…. The Crusher…(from a Bugs Bunny cartoon)
Hometown: Yerington NV
Employment: Director of IT Architecture for Tecolote Research Inc.
Family: wife Stacy, sons Austin and Grant
Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: Mountain biking, snowboarding, swimming, reading, dirt bike riding, passing interest in football, gardening
Most Prized Possession: Tough question- most everything I prize is not a possession- the love of my family, a group of friends who are top notch, the ability to still get out of bed and run (or stay active) post surgery.
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music….Don’t you just want to run in those mountains?
Favorite Spectator Sport: Football
Car I’d Love to be Driving: I recently sold my pickup…I really regret that choice!
My friends describe me as: Quiet, easy to be around, helpful, thoughtful, funny, really good looking, modest……did I mention good looking?
My trademark expression is: “I’ve got a story about that!” or “I’m just saying”.
If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Travel into space, definitely work at something that directly helps people better their lives
In the next 5 years, I hope to: Clean my garage (don’t hold me to this one)
In the next 10 years, I hope to: Write a book (published or not)
Personal accomplishments: I lettered in three sports in high school including track, but football was my passion. In college I had the privilege of playing for a JC National Championship team and was selected as a JC All-American as a sophomore. I moved on to SJSU to finish my career with a nationally ranked team. (I’m looking at this list and feeling like I peeked when I was in my early 20’s!) I have a successful career, a great family, have finished multiple triathlons and road races, finished second in my age group a few times along the way, and I am generally happy to be where I am.
Personal fact that will surprise my friends: I am legally licensed to marry people in the State of California (in case anyone is considering a runners’ wedding)…I’m just saying….
Favorite Running Shoes: Mizuno Elixr
Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): Marathon, 3:48
Best Race and Why: My first marathon; the time wasn’t important, but the journey to get there that was.
Worst Race and Why: I was on pace to run a new PR, at mile 16 the heat got to me, the pain in my hip was all consuming. I struggled the last ten miles. I guess it wasn’t my day.
Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): The last 12 months have been challenging. It has been roughly a year since I was “fixed”, so my mileage is down considerably. My goal is to average around 40-50 miles, but let’s just say most weeks, it’s just a goal I’m working on.
Favorite Local Race: Goleta Education Foundation 4 Miler. Raises money for a good cause, is a 4 mile race (longer than a 5k but shorter than a 10K….see I have brains along with good looks!), plus it is a good course.
Most Memorable Running Experience: Recently, Bay to Breakers- great easy run with friends and post race “parade”. My most memorable race was the first SBIM. I ran the last leg of the relay with some people from work; running the last eight miles of a marathon feeling fresh is a whole different experience.
Favorite Place to Run: locally Mountain Drive; outside of SB, Old Mammoth Rock Trail in Mammoth Lakes or along the Potomac River in DC
Glory Days PR: Like most, I’m hoping my glory days are still ahead of me; only time will tell.
Realistic Running Goals for this Year: Stay healthy and build my mileage for my return to racing in 2013
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this Year: To PR at some distance
Lifetime Running Goals: To run until replacement parts are needed
Local Running Heroes & Why: Steve “Life Coach” Miley- he was the guy who talked me into training for a marathon with SBRR and the love affair began…with SBRR. Amanda Nicolato-George, who got me back on the road; warm heart, strong hands, I am forever in your debt. Rusty Snow- his intensity matches mine and I love his passion for running; he has been a good mentor. Gary Clancy- if I keep getting older, someday I’ll catch up to him…in age. The list is long (Brooke, Tamara, Claire, Paula, Marie, Rob, Arnie, Wendy, Debbie, Gary, Laura, Jim, Elda, Ida, Katie, Claudia, Susie, Bob, Brian…the HRT crowd)- you people rock, you pick me up when I am down, make the hard days seem less hard. I look forward to many more years running with you. Finally my wife Stacy, who ‘way back when’ was faster than me…and let me know it, every time we ran together. Thank you for supporting this habit; I love you dear.
Personal Training Tips: Run hard when you’re supposed to, run easy when you’re supposed to and rest when you’re tired.
Why I Run: I used to run to get stronger at finishing triathlons, then I ran to get faster, now I run because I want to hangout with friends.
I love runners who: What’s not to like about people who work out?
I don’t care for runners who: Who take themselves too seriously.
Suggestions for local races: The marathon idea has already been taken, how about another relay race like RUTE?
Suggestions for SBAA: hmmm…better website(s) and use of social media
Favorite Quote: “Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. “- Tom Landry “What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come” -Emil Zatopek
SBAA Member since: 2004

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