Jim Martin

Jim MartinAbout Me:
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Member since: 2009, President in 2010
Married 25+ years to fellow MDRP member, Paula Martin, and father of three children.  My daughters Stephanie and Lauren are also MDRP members.

Career Highlights:
In 1973 as a sixth grader, I discovered that I like to run when I ran the 600 yard dash for the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.  I started running track in junior high school and in my sophomore year, joined the cross country team.  In my senior year (Fall 1978), I was on Haddonfield’s first state cross country championship team.  I attended Villanova University and made the school’s cross country team as a walk on in my junior and senior years and ran with MDRP teammate, Terry Delaney.  I ran with some of the great world class runners including current Villanova coach, Marcus O’Sullivan, and was coached by the legendary Jack Pyrah, Charlie Jenkins, and Don Paige.  However, my greatest highlight was meeting my idol, the great Irish miler and Villanova alumni, Eamonn Coghlan.  Before an alumni race at Belmont Plateau in my senior year, he sat down, talked, and warmed up with just me.  He was one of the greatest indoor milers on the planet and we jogged together as two harriers for the love of the sport.  I remember that time like it was yesterday.  After graduating college, I ran for South Jersey AC and my first employer, First Pennsylvania Bank, road racing team competing in corporate series races in Philadelphia and NYC.  I stopped competing after having kids until my wife, Paula, re-discovered running in 2006 and trained to qualify and run in the Boston Marathon (which she did three times and joined the MDRP).  Since I could not keep up with her and the rest of the MDRP, I decided to help out with the administration side and the Mid-Atlantic USATF.  Somehow I became president of the club.  However, I found again the fun of running and now the joy of earning finishing medals.

Career Goals:
In high school and college, I got as close to running in the Penn Relays as an alternate runner.  Someday, if I ever lose the weight and train, I would like to compete at the Penn Relays in some club master event and officially run on that historic track.

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