Member of the Month
Congratulations to our April M.O.M. , Cyrus! After discovering he had an abnormally low lung capacity in high school (thanks to a challenge from a boy on the cross-country team ), he didn't spend much of his youth running or partaking in physical activity. It wasn't until the late 1970s, concerned with being overweight and in poor health, that he took up exercising. When his mother fell ill, he began running in order to cope.
He ran his first competitive race on the eve of his 40th birthday a 10k in the time of 48:33, and vowed to run a half-marathon for his mother. He completed his first half for her in 1 hour 50 min. When his mother passed away, Cyrus kept running in her honor, even faster than before (finishing the same half-marathon in 1:42:52- a PR that still stands today.
Although he told himself for a longtime that marathon running was not something he wanted to do, at age 59 he ran his first full marathon, and hasn't looked back. He started at the Cherry Blossom Festival, and went on to enter NYC Marathon and qualify for the Boston Marathon. He recalls the "warm fuzzies" of being a 'Hero Runner' of St. Jude Memphis Marathon.
He has now run over 100 marathons on 7 different continents and has a new goal of completing marathons in 50 countries (he has 20 down so far). His most memorable event thus far has been the 56-mile Comrades Marathon in South Africa and getting the bronze.
Cyrus Rhode's Profile