We have another wonderful Runner Bio Interview for you! This time, we chat with our newly-elected Officer-At-Large, Rob Maier
Rob Maier, SF FrontRunners Member and 2013 Officer-At-Large
How long have you been running with FrontRunners (SF and elsewhere) and what attracted you to the club?
Rob - I started running on a gym treadmill to add some cardio to my workout. Then about 4 years ago, while on a visit to Seattle, a friend dragged me out for my first FrontRunners run. I was surprised how much more fun it was to run outdoors with a group. As soon as I got home, I hooked up with the local Front Runners club. I was really impressed with all the great friends I made and the motivation the club gave me to be more dedicated to running and the fitness it provides. So a year ago when I moved back from the Northern Virginia to San Francisco, looking up SF FrontRunners was one of the first things I did.
So you got a late start to running?
Rob - Yes, in school I was always one of the slow kids in Phys Ed, so I hated running. I didn’t run my first 5k (the DC Pride run) until I was 51 and I thought it was going to kill me. I never expected to run a half-marathon. But with the encouragement of several FrontRunner friends I just ran the Oakland half.
What do you do for work?
Rob - I am a Software Quality Assurance Engineer and have primarily worked with Hospital Information Systems. However, currently I am “between jobs.”
What are your other interests and pursuits?
Rob - I enjoy hiking and camping, travel, music, movies, and since moving back here I have been enjoying getting back into two-step dancing. It’s really great that there is such a crossover of people who are SF FrontRunners and who go to the Sundance Saloon.
What are some of your most memorable trips that you have taken in your travels?
Rob - Back in the 80’s I did a series of trips driving around the US, Canada and all the way to Alaska. But probably the most interesting and unusual was a trip I made a couple years ago to China, North Korea and Mongolia.
What has been one of your fondest memories in FrontRunners so far?
Rob - That is hard to say. I’ve had so much fun attending the brunches, the parties, the “dive-bar” events, the movie nights as well as running with the group. But I guess I would have to say (and this may sound like a promo) I really enjoyed last year’s Pride Run. It was the first SFFR event where I volunteered to help and I appreciated having the chance to meet the former NFL Football player Dave Kopay. His “coming-out” was headline news in DC just about the time I was starting to come out.
Any advice to newcomers to the club and running/fitness?
Rob - Whether you are a walker, a casual runner or someone who likes to race, take advantage of the support and opportunities the club provides for both social and fitness events and most important, try something new. I never would have guessed that it actually is a lot of fun to work a race water station. The more you do, the more you get to know the wonderful people in SFFR.
What are some things that you look forward to this year in the club, or things that you’d like to see happen?
Rob - Mostly, I look forward to just getting more involved with helping the club put on its various activities and events. Additionally, I would like to see the club do a little more to support racing, through more announcements of upcoming races and improved acknowledgement of members’ achievements.
Thanks, Rob, for an excellent interview! We look forward to your time on the board!