We asked Brendan a few questions that will help you get to know him better as a runner and as a #HogeyeHopeful. Thanks for chatting with us, Brendan!

Hometown: Fayetteville
Profession: Field Agent in Fayetteville

When and WHY did you start running?
I started to run in the 8th grade because I joined the Cross Country team. Running was something I liked, so I keep with it!

Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route?
I love running around Lake Fayetteville; such a wonderful place to run!The trail is not overly crowded, so you sometimes feel like you are the only one out there.

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What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
I remember running in a race in the 9th grade, and I finished in a position and a time I was not expecting. I enjoyed seeing the progress that I had made. That is when I started to race more.

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
I would give myself enough time to prepare for a race. If I could go back I would have trained for two months, instead of two weeks!

What motivates you in running?Medals? PRs? Fitness?
Being at a level of readiness when it comes to fitness gets me out running everyday. Being fit is part of my life style, I recently started at a UFC gym! I really enjoy the competition and the work out!218031_1839543342963_6635328_n

Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions?
I do not have any race superstitions or traditions, but my dad always yells “Go Yankees” at the start of every race I run!

Do you run solo or with a group?
I would love to run with a group if possible, but I generally run solo. Finding a partner that runs a similar pace as you, and will run at the same time of day is difficult.

Why do you run the Hogeye? What makes it special? Are you running the Hogeye this year?
I ran the Hogeye because the race was taking place in Fayetteville. I love being in Fayetteville, and around the different runners and supporters at the Hogeye. There is a great environment at the race, and I loved being able to run through Fayetteville. I’m not sure if I’m running it again this year, but running the race is certainly not be out of the question.

Is there anything we didn’t ask that you want to share?
I loved working towards goals, I love being challenged. The Hogeye was a perfect challenge/goal to work to achieve! To finish the Hogeye was a joy.