Stage Race Sunday! Who’s coming to play in the desert this year?
Taking a step up in distance, Maryland’s Phil Pinti will be representing his crew of crazy running friends.
Marital Status: Widower
Number of Children: 2 kiddos; 5 year old and a 3 year old
Years running: 14
Years running ultras: 2
Ultras I have done: (2) 50 Milers; (4) 50K
Favorite race and why: I have run the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) the last 4 years; 2014-2017. Upon running the MCM 5 times, runners are inducted into the “MCM Runner’s Club,” exempting them from having to partake in the lottery system for gaining entry in future marathons. Having served in the Marine Corps the MCM holds a special place in my heart and this is the one race I would like to streak, run continuously for as long as I can. I love the location; Washington, D.C., I love the spectators, and I love the support from the Marines along the race route.
Best results in races: The Stone Mill 50 Mile 11/11/2017 I ran my best (PR) 50 mile in 11:07:33. September 3rd of 2017 I ran my first 50 mile at the Labor Pain 12-hour Endurance Challenge in 11:34:30.
Tell us something about yourself, running related or other: I’m what folks in the running community consider a “clydesdale runner.” At 5’8″ I weigh about 205 lbs. and although “I don’t look like a runner…” pound for pound I can carry my own. LOL
What’s your favorite way to train for Desert RATS: Long distance trail runs with some good elevation to boot. Where I’m from in Maryland I have many National Parks and the Appalachian Trail in close proximity. I also have some “crazy running friends” who keep me busy.
What are your goals for Desert RATS: The Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 is my first race beyond 50 miles. I’m excited and also nervous to be running continuously for multiple days under extreme conditions… but I know I’ve got what it takes. My goal is to finish and to do so with a smile on my face. Complete the mission, enjoy every mile, thank every staff member/volunteer, make some new life long friends, and show my beautiful children that anything is possible… if you dedicate yourself, remain optimistic and believe in yourself… obstacles are just opportunities in disguise, Keep On Keeping On!