Meet Mike…

In 2015 I took up cycling and did pretty well with it. Quickly adapting to 100 mile rides/races. In October of 2016 I decided to try running for cross training since it was a rainy year. After about 3.5 months, I decided to run a marathon because I remember my dad doing it when I was a kid. I ran the Napa Marathon and was 9 minutes off a Boston Qualifier. Figured with little know how in 3.5 quick months of running and I could come that close… The first marathon led to my first 50k ultra which I won overall (it was small but still counts). The rest is kind of history from there.

My previous running experience includes the 2021 Boston Marathon, Cuyamaca 100k in 2019 which I completed in 15:00:06 which is a Western States Endurance Run qualifier. I also finished the Marin Ultra Challenge 50 miler in 10:13:52. In 2018 I completed and got my BQ at the Revel Big Bear Marathon with a finishing time of 3:16:32.66. I’ve also completed the following marathons: Long Beach, Surf City, California International Marathon (CIM), Santa Rosa Marathon (x2), Napa, and OC. I have also completed the following ultras: Rodeo Valley Trail run 50k (2017 & 2018) and Calera Park 50k. In addition to running, I also completed multiple cycling races like Levi’s Gran Fondo (2016 & 2017), Cheaha Challenge (2017) (qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Series), Primavera Century (2016), Sierra Century (2017), Terrible Two Hundred (2016 & 2017) and Bad Little Brother (2017). I’ve done numerous 5ks, 10ks and half marathons.

I first ran across the Blue Diamond displays as I searched for a quality display to hold the medals we train so hard to get. The quality is unmatched in all the ones I have come across. Very sturdy and well made. The medal displays make a statement just like the medals themselves.