Hi, I’m Dan! I have a been a runner since just about the time I could walk! My dad was an NCAA Div. I track and cross country coach, so I grew up around some of the best runners in the world.
I couldn’t keep up with those world-class runners, but I competed through high school and at a Div. III university (University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN).
After a few years of focusing more on skiing and hiking in the mountains of Colorado, I have come back to my love of running. I ran my first marathon in Bruges, Belgium last year (the Great Bruges Marathon), and I qualified for Boston! Finish Line Travel may keep me from participating in Boston, but it won’t keep me from running almost every day all around the world!
My travel experience didn’t get off to such an early start. Jessica and I had traveled to Ireland and New Zealand (our honeymoon!), but our first trip to non-English speaking countries scared me! I knew Jess had some French background, so I could rely on her in Paris, but I was worried about our trip to Italy… How would we communicate? What if we needed help with a train?
That first evening in the Cinque Terre, sitting outside enjoying a glass of wine, I was hooked and I was already planning our next trip to Europe! On our numerous vacations, we started adding some local races to our trips. We loved running, we loved to travel, so why not combine the two? (And, it helped to keep us from coming back from our trip 10 pounds heavier!)
The rest, as they say, is history!