Name:  Brian Benjamin

Board Responsibilities:  Newsletters and as assigned

When/Why did you start running?  Sophomore year of college primarily to lose weight, but ended up running my first marathon at Drake 2 years later.

What race distances have you completed?  Pretty much all distances from 1 mile to marathon.

Favorite race distance:  Marathon.

Favorite Capital Striders race:  Capital Pursuit!

Favorite Non-CS race:  If I am limited to races I have run, I would say Twin Cities Marathon.  However, since I serve on the race committee for the IMT Des Moines Marathon, I would have to say it is my favorite race that I haven't run.

Dogs or Cats: Neither, but my wife has a few cats.

Favorite post race indulgence: Chocolate milk.

Pasta, rice or "other" carb source for carb loading: Cheeseburger and ice cream shake.

One pre-race ritual:  Gargle with mouthwash.

Favorite piece of gear:  My old reliable Timex Ironman watch.

Craziest/funniest thing you've seen during a race or run:  I ran with a balloon hat the entire distance of my last marathon - does that count?