John Pierre, also known as "The Ultimate Running Machine", is an avid runner and well-loved member of Achilles International and Achilles NYC, an organization that pairs
disabled athletes with able-bodied volunteers. Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury in 1999 left him with challenges; running has helped him overcome those challenges, and now he runs back-to-back marathons all the time (he did the Brooklyn Marathon right after the TCS NYC Marathon this year without breaking a sweat). Get inspired by his Runner's Life story here...
Describe what RUNNING is to you, in 5 words or less.
My life. [Ours too!]
How did you get started running and/or what inspired you to run?
I was a member of a walking group and they asked me how I feel about running. So then I tried it and loved it. My walking group got me hooked up with Achilles International NYC, and now I am in all three Achilles NYC Chapters: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens!
My first race was a 5K in Riverside Park for Columbia Charity Run in April 2012. That was when I was given the nickname of "The Ultimate Running Machine"! I've been living up to it ever since.
Your favorite running moment?
I have three!
1) Running the Disney Half Marathon in January 2016.
2) Getting my PR in the TCS NYC Marathon 2016 of 5:35:43.
3) Then only 14 days later completing the Brooklyn Marathon!
Who/what do you think you'd be like today if you did NOT run?
I would still be depressed today if I did not run! My doctors say that running has been my cure and made it possible to greatly reduce my medications!
Why do you keep on running? and running and running...
Because it makes me happy and I do it for my fans that I call my "Ultimate Maniacs"! I am also hoping to be inducted into the Runner's Hall Of Fame!
What is your favorite post run/race indulgence?
When I am celebrating with my Achilles Team!
Oddest, most unusual, weirdest running experience.
Anytime when I have to walk a mile just to get to starting line!
Wow, John Pierre is a true running inspiration! Just as we say "running changes lives", he is a real life example of the power of running and running communities. Check out The Ultimate Running Machine here in these videos:
on CNN Heros -- http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/13/us/cnnheroes-traum-achilles/index.html
on YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkSgr_wossI
Thanks for sharing your inspirational Runner's Life story, John!