Getting to Know – Brad Pape, 9/16/17

Location: Lafayette, IN
Original Hometown: Lafayette, IN
Professional Career: Accounting and financial management.
Favorite Running Shoe: Adidas Boston
Favorite Race Distance: was half marathon from my first until my last in 2008. Currently 5k.
Favorite Personal Record (PR): 3:08:55 at 2006 Columbus Marathon.
Favorite Food: Cavatini
Favorite Book or Movie: Jerusalem Bible.

Q: Can you give us a little background on your running history?

My birthday is in June, close to the time I turned 30 I became winded cutting my grass and needed to rest. Also, my gut was getting bigger. I decided to exercise and running was not expensive. It could also fit my schedule since I could do it alone. The last thing on my mind was a marathon (I was happy to get to two miles without a rest). My wife encouraged me to try a 5k even though I had not yet reached three miles without a walking break. I did it and loved the experience of putting on a number and getting scored. The goodie bag had a coupon for three free issues of Runner’s World. I subscribed and saw the stories about marathons and started to wonder if that was possible for me. I loosely followed one of the plans and finished my first marathon in 1997.

Q: What are your top memories from your competitive career?

Destination marathons with friends from WRRC, which are Boston (4 times), Tupelo MS, Air Force (Dayton OH), and Phoenix.

Q: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career?

David Jackson: I was doing all training on a treadmill. He convinced me to run with the WRRC. We would meet at 5:10a or 6:00a on Sunday morning depending on what distance we needed.

Q: What races are you preparing for and what are your goals for those races?

5k and my goal is to be faster than 7:00 per mile (and I seldom do it now).

Q: What are one or two of your favorite workouts that you are looking forward to running this training segment?

I have always liked tempo runs. Breathing hard but not gasping is really fun. Feeling legs, heart, and breathing reminds me I am alive.

Q: How has the Wabash River Runners Club helped you towards your running goals?

I would not have 22 marathons without the club. The novelty of doing long runs week after week would have gone away quickly. Instead, I looked forward to that 2 to 3 hour time each Sunday. The city is pretty quiet at 6:00a on a Sunday. Yet, there would often be five or six of us having a conversation with starlight on quiet roads. My experience is that distance runners are nice people. I think you must be real. There is no fake distance runner. Nobody would pretend to run 14 miles. We wanted the training. We were not trying to impress anybody. We all respected each other. Everybody shared their knowledge because they wanted to see other runners do well too. We all ran against the clock first and each other second.

Getting to Know – Mike Taylor, 9/11/17

Location: West Lafayette, IN
Original Hometown: Wadsworth, OH (Northeast Ohio)
Professional Career: Senior Engineer, Cook Biotech
Favorite Running Shoe: Mizuno Wave Rider
Favorite Race Distance: I just wanna go fast!
Favorite Personal Record (PR): 3:01:56 – Monumental Marathon, 2014
Favorite Food: Burritos
Favorite Book or Movie: A Canticle for Leibowicz – Walter M. Miller, Jr.; Die Hard, Pulp Fiction

Q: Can you give us a little background on your running history?
My mom used to tell me, “Go run around the house,” when I was really little. I guess I had some energy to burn. I used to ask her to time me, and then I’d see how fast I could go around twice.

In 7th grade, I tried to go out for football, but I was only 70lbs., and the coach told me I should go check out the cross-country team. I owe that guy my life. Distance running clicked with me right away, and I was dedicated to it from day one. I ran both cross-country and track through high school. I walked-on to the cross-country team at The University of Toledo where I ran from 2004-2008.

Q: What are your top memories from your competitive career?
My high school cross-country team won the conference my sophomore year for the first time in decades. That was a really cool day.

I ran my collegiate PR in my last 8k race in front of my family and my future in-laws back in 2008.

At the 2014 Monumental Marathon in Indy, I ran exactly to plan, attacked at 18 miles, and qualified to Boston in only my second marathon. I was so happy I danced.

Q: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career?
My parents and my middle- and high-school coaches were great at encouraging me to push past limits that I set for myself. My mom’s always said, “The faster you go, the sooner it’s over.”

Since I’ve been out of school, my wife has been amazing. She’s always willing to talk through different race strategies or training plans. She’s at the big races for me where she frequently chases on a bike. When I need a kick out of bed to run in the morning, she’s got my back.

Q: What races are you preparing for and what are your goals for those races?
I’m training for the INDYTHON which includes both the Indy Half Marathon at Fort Ben in October and the Monumental Marathon in November. The goal is to finish in the top 20 combined times.

Q: What are one or two of your favorite workouts that you are looking forward to running this training segment?
I gave up running specific “workouts” a couple years ago. It’s a great feeling to lay down a perfectly evenly-split 20-miler, though.

Q: How has the Wabash River Runners Club helped you towards your running goals?
The WRRC has been instrumental in my training and racing over the last several years. Joe Ely got me into half-marathon and marathon distances. He’s also served as a personal coach and trainer. We also work closely together on the WRRC Circular Logic Marathon.

Welcome from 2017-2018 WRRC President, Kate Wright

Welcome to the Wabash River Runners Club! Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or you’ve never run a 5K before, we are here to help support and encourage you to meet your goals! The WRRC is a social running club located in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area, and we have many different group runs and races to keep you motivated. Our group runs include both trails and roads around town and on the beautiful Wabash Heritage Trail. On average, there are 3-4 group runs each week, with varying distances and at different locations. Our Farmers Market 5K series runs May-October, and our Trail Race Series runs from July-October. Come on out and join us for a group run – we run at all paces, so don’t worry about being the “new person”. There may even be a cup of coffee or a delicious breakfast afterwards to get to know each other and celebrate each others’ successes!

Why run with a group? I run by myself frequently, early in the mornings before work, and while I enjoy the peace and quiet and “time to think”, some of my best runs are when I’m running with my WRRC friends. I’ve been pushed by other club members to become a better runner, and I’ve been encouraged on harder days. I’ve learned how much faster a run can go when you’re just chatting with a friend about the past week. There really is something special about running with other people who share the same love of the sport. The stories and the laughing keep me coming back, and I hope you’ll come join us, too!

Feel free to poke around our website at the different group runs and races we offer, as well as for information on membership. Let us know if you have any questions!

Getting to Know – Steve Knechht, 9/8/17

Location: West Lafayette
Original Hometown: Brookville, IN
Professional Career: Attorney with Vonderheide & Knecht
Favorite Running Shoe: Asics Gel Nimbus
Favorite Race Distance: Half marathon
Favorite PR: 47:26 in a 10K in 2013
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Book or Movie: Young Frankenstein

Q: Can you give us a little background on your running history?

The first race in my life was the 2004 Run with a Cop 5K in West Lafayette. Finished second to last overall. Since then I have finished 12 full marathons and 58 half marathons.

Q: What are your top memories from your competitive career?

I never had a competitive career but I am proud of my second place and only age group trophy for a half marathon in 2010. I also have enjoyed traveling to races having gone as far as Quebec City for a half and Massachusetts for a full marathon.

Q: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career?

Since not an athlete, no career to speak of. But I appreciate my physical therapist, Aaron Knox, who after the accident in 2014 that tore my right hamstring tendon completely off the bone, taught me how to walk again and eventually got me back to running. Still learning to live though with the loss of about a minute per mile of my pre-accident pace.

Q: What races are you preparing for and what are your goals for those races?

As race director for another year, the planning for the 16th annual ZooRunRun 5K on July 21, 2018 has already started. Goal is to improve on the race every year to have a safe and enjoyable event for everyone from those that can finish under 16 minutes to the person that crosses the finish line last.

Q: What are one or two of your favorite workouts that you are looking forward to running this training segment?

The weekend long runs on the West Lafayette trails getting to see the dogs and wildlife.

Q: How has the Wabash River Runners Club helped you towards your running goals?

WRCC has helped by sponsoring local races from the old Summer Scamper to the current Farmer Market 5ks and the Circular Logical marathon.

Getting to Know – Cyndi Meacham, 9/6/17

Location: Lafayette, IN
Original Hometown: Anderson, IN – but have been in Lafayette since I was age 19
Professional Career: SIA Production Control-Subaru scheduling
Favorite Running Shoe: New Balance 870 or 880
Favorite Race Distance: Marathon
Favorite Personal Record(PR): Indianapolis Mini Marathon Time 1:49:53 and 3rd in my age group
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Book or Movie: I love to read and read a variety of topics, some of my favorites are Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett, Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim, Born to Run by Chris McDougall, and Unbroken A story of Survival by Laura Hillenbrand

Q: Can you give us a little background on your running history? I didn’t start running until later in life but always worked out. I started running because my husband was running. Started out just running 3 miles a day until my niece challenged me to a Marathon with the Leukemia Society. I mentored for them for four years and got better and better at running. After that I made a decision to attempt a Marathon in every state. I have done 33 so far and hope to continue soon.

Q: What are your top memories from your competitive career? Qualifying and running Boston, New York and back to back Marathons on Saturday and Sunday.

Q: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career? Mostly the awesome people I met in the WRRC. Several of them have provided beneficial tips and advice. The friendly competition from fellow runners help me build strength and confidence.

Q: What races are you preparing for and what are your goals for those races? Preparing to do a half and some 5ks I haven’t came to a decision on which ones yet

Q: What are one or two of your favorite workouts that you are looking forward to running this training segment? I love the tempo run, I feel like I get the most benefit from it. I know from experience if you want to do a race well it requires a training program and a desire to follow it through.

Q: How has the Wabash River Runners Club helped you towards your running goals? The people of course have had the most influence on my running career. The support has been unbelievable! They support everyone even through the injuries. It is amazing and I have made some lifetime friends through WRRC.