Our ‪#‎HogeyeHopeful‬ this week is Barry Brown! Thanks for sharing your story! ‪#‎Hogeye40th‬

When and WHY did you start running?
Started running in 1966 while I was studying for my doctorate degree at Michigan State University.  Many professors in Exercise Science had been former Olympic caliber athletes but no longer deemed it important to stay in shape.  I wanted to be a “product of the product” if I were to continue in this profession.  Also, my father was a teacher in Health Education in the New York City Public School system, but also let himself go and eventually dies of an MI at 74.

Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route?
When running regularly (cannot now due to achilles injury, but continue being active by cycling regularly and weight lifting) I would run 3 or 4 favorite routes either near the university or by my home.

What was your “I’M A RUNNER!” moment?
Finishing my first marathon (Hogeye, of course). It produces a feeling of euphoria and near invincibility as I crossed the finish line.

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be?
Not to be afraid to push myself a bit harder.

What motivates you in running? Medals? PRs? Fitness?
Definitely health, so that to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw: “Stay young as late in life as possible”

Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions?
Pre-race stretching, even though it has been been shown to be of any significant value from a scientific standpoint.

Do you run solo or with a group?

Why do you run the Hogeye? What makes it special? Are you running the Hogeye this year?
Ran Hogeye as my first marathon (being the originator I felt is was no duty as well as joy).  It was rated as one of the 10 most difficult marathons by Runners’ World.  Also, it was not highly competitive and promoted life long health without giving prize money for the top finishers.

Is there anything we didn’t ask that you want to share?
Hogeye is unique is both the name, the original destination (the town of Hogeye) and being the oldest marathon in Arkansas. We also did four research studies during Hogeye to look at the phenomenon of “Runners’ Gut” and more recently measured over 200 runners for abdominal strength and fatigue using a new system of quantitatively measured core strength (ABTEST).  We found that runners with more experience had over 30% greater abdominal strength than novice runners. We plan on publishing these results in Runners’ World and other professional journals.

How can folks connect with you on social media?
Being one of the “old folks” I tend to use e-mail more than social media, but I do belong to Facebook and LinkedIn.  Truthfully, i view social media and networking as a waste of time (with a few exceptions).

Will you share any pictures that you have running so we can post them on your article?
I am in Florida now and only have a few photos on my desktop.  The one below is from Hogeye registration some years ago.  The guy on the left is a former All-American football player for the Razorbacks.


Good luck to you.