Let’s Move Quad Cities celebrates the spirit and determination Quad City area residents take to promote movement and fitness. We welcome guest blogger, Kory Kuffler, WQAD-TV Sports Anchor and avid runner, as he finishes training for the 2017 QC Marathon.
By Kory Kuffler, WQAD-TV Sports Anchor and marathoner
How long have you been running and what got you started?
I was never a runner and thought that anyone who ran more than a mile was out of their mind. So I guess you could say I must be out of my mind because now I love to run!
I started running 5 years ago because my son was going to run cross country during his 8th grade year. We ran that summer and started training for the East Moline Firecracker. After completing that, we decided to run the Bix.
It was during that training that I realized I was really enjoying running. After the Bix, my sister-in-law asked me to run the QC Half Marathon. That was the toughest run I had done to that point, but it really fueled my passion for running.
Since then, running has been a way for me to get out and stay active while staying healthy. I also realized very quickly that I was a fast runner for my age group. Since I’m a competitive person, I always try to win my age group, or at least place in the top 3.
Over my short 5 years of running, I have run in a lot of races. Running gives me a chance to think and enjoy the world around me.
How often and how many miles do you personally run in a week or year?
Right now, as I’m training for the half marathon, I’m running close to 20 miles each week.
The shortest distance I will run when I’m training is 3 miles, and the most I have run while training for the half marathon is 11 miles.
What’s your peak QC Marathon experience?
I really enjoy them. It’s a great course, very scenic, and I really enjoy the distance.
Are there any dream running events or venues you’ve considered?
I wanted to try to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Maybe someday I will be able to do it.
Running is a sport that many who are approaching mid-life embrace. What does running mean to you?
Running is a way for me to stay fit.
It has also been something my family has all started to do. We have run several races over the last few years. It’s just a way to have some family time.
It’s a great stress reliever and a way to think about things. I find I’m in a better mood after running.
In addition to running, do you have other favorite sports you pursue?
I have always been very active. I grew up playing baseball. I play in a softball league for my church, work out at the YMCA, and do Tae Kwon Do.
They all have their benefits, from the social impact to just staying fit and healthy in life.
How long have you been a sportscaster?
I have been a sportscaster for 20 years. I started at a cable station in St. Louis, then worked at KWQC for 10 years, and have been at WQAD for the last 7 years.
Sports has always been a passion of mine, so I feel like I’m in my dream job.
I got into broadcasting because I thought it would be a fun way to stay involved in sports, while getting paid for covering them.
I enjoy telling the stories of high school athletes and covering their games.
What do you say to a person who thinks they are too old to run?
You are never too old to run. It’s a sport you can do for the rest of your life. It’s not about winning races, but about enjoying a healthy lifestyle. I plan on doing this as long as I can.
How has running changed your life?
It has improved my cardiovascular system and has provided an easy way to stay in shape.
The hardest part of running can be when the weather isn’t the greatest. The winter is tough because I’m not a big fan of the treadmill.
Good luck, Kory!