Events: Ultramarathon- focusing on 100+ mile events
Born: Taunton, MA
Current Residence: Washington D.C.
Profession: Event Planner
Club/Team: Virginia Happy Trails Running Club
Dan Rose, 33, currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife Elizabeth. While undergoing chemotherapy treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in 2003-2004, he determined if he was lucky enough to beat cancer, he needed to do all he could with his new life to help inspire those still fighting cancer. One year after entering remission, he ran the Boston Marathon to raise money for DFCI. After completing that marathon, he sought a greater challenge and ran his first ultra marathon in 2006 (Michigan's North Country 50 mile trail run). After successful completion of that first ultra, Dan let his family in on the secret goal he promised himself he'd achieve while stuck in the hospital: He wanted to be the first person to run the 192 mile Pan-Mass Challenge (an annual bicycle race across MA) to raise money and awareness for DFCI. Over the next year he trained for this fund-raising adventure by completing his first two 100 mile races in order to learn about proper nutrition and heat training. Finally, from July 30 - August 1, 2008, with the support of his family and friends, Dan was able to achieve this 192 mile goal while raising thousands of dollars for his friends at DFCI. Since accomplishing that goal, Dan has remained active in both the charity and ultra-running scenes. In 2009 he stated his goal was to earn a spot on the US National 24 Hour Team, and despite nagging injuries which limited his training all year, he was able to rely on the same mental strength that helped him beat cancer to finish in 3rd place with 139.22 miles at the National 24 Hour Championship in Cleveland, OH. This result earned him an automatic spot on the 2010 National Team. With his injuries of 2009 behind him, Dan is looking forward many great adventures in 2010. He has already won his first 100 mile race (Florida’s ‘Iron Horse 100’ in a course record time of 16:35) and will make an attempt at breaking the Speed Record on Vermont’s 273 mile Long Trail this August. This Long Trail run will also be a major fundraising effort for Dan and will benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
In their own words...
Running achievement I am most proud of: Completing my first post-cancer run: Five miles that took me about an hour to finish!
Why I run: To inspire cancer patients and show them they can beat the disease and come back stronger than ever before.
Future Goals: 2010 – Set new Vermont Long Trail speed record; Earn a spot on 2011 24-Hour National Team. Smile while doing both.
Favorite quote: Running isn't about making people buy stuff. Running should be free, man. -Micah True