About

MEET DAN CUMMING – EDITOR OF THE BLOG

I consider myself one of the avid recreational runners involved in RITZ.  Like many, I ran in school, but then career and family took up much of my time until, as I neared that magic age of FORTY, I realized with a bit of a start that I needed to pay more attention to fitness and the future.  So, at that point, I began a second running career.  I’ve run more or less continually (not continuously!) for some 26 years.   At this moment I am 65 and retired from my professional career as a Food Scientist, holding a PhD in his field.  I worked as a researcher and research manager for more than 30 years in Canada and abroad, using the opportunity to run in some 20 countries.  My first marathon was run in 1988 in Vancouver, Canada, and my most recent, just a few months ago in Eugene, Oregon, where I “Ran in the Footsteps of Legends”.  It was a fantastic thrill to run the finish straight on Hayward Field, a place where some of our contributors competed in their elite running days.

Neither the number (considerable) of races I’ve done, nor my PB’s (decent) are remarkable.  That said, I tend to be terribly competitive, which is a bit problematic unless I look at it from a personal challenge perspective.  I have been a member of several running clubs including the Penticton Pounders, from whence comes the relationship with co-editor, Steve King – a fellow Pounder.  I enjoy using my other skills to contribute to running so I spent four years as Race Director for a Vancouver event, the “First Half Half Marathon”.  For those who don’t know, I will modestly say this is one of Vancouver’s premier races, and the last “First Half” sold out in three and a half hours.  I feel comfortable with this little bit of bragging because it was not me that brought it to what was already a sell-out event when I took over as RD.  Drawing on my experience in leading and teaching, I have also been involved as a Clinic Coordinator for the Sun Run “InTraining” program presented by Sport Med BC for individuals wanting to take part in Vancouver’s Sun Run (lately drawing 55-60,000 participants).  I draw on this experience to know the value of digging down and seizing your potential.  Many InTraining clinic participants are tackling a 10K for the very first time.  There is little that is more rewarding than seeing the look on the face of first time finishers.  One thing that might be, is seeing the first time marathon finisher and knowing you helped her or him to get there, and I guess that is why I have also been a marathon pace group leader for organized running clinics.

Writing was a major part of my professional life and also a hobby, so I guess it was pretty natural to combine my love of running with my experience in writing.

This is what you get from me, as the chief editor of this blog. 

I have met some amazing people through running and through the process of editing and publishing the original book, “Running in the Zone”.  I hope to meet many more.  You can start by e-mailing  dan@runninginthezone.ca.

MEET STEVE KING – CO-EDITOR OF RUNNING IN THE ZONE

Steve King is an avid runner, race-walker and triathlete who holds national age group running records, has raced at Ironman and Ultraman triathlon distances and has been a member of Canada`s national 100km team as well as being a British Centurion (having race-walked 100 miles within 24hours). In 2001 he became only the second Canadian to complete the arduous 135 miles Badwater Death Valley run.

He was the publisher of `Tri-Fit Quarterly`, a national triathlon magazine, author of `Rapid Recovery` a book on energy healing techniques, and a triathlon training log, as well as having been CBC`s colour commentator for the sport of triathlon. Steve is also the race announcer for numerous sports events, including Ironman Canada.

His work history includes stockbroking, private investigation, well-drilling, child care, hospitality management and being a Justice of the Peace. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and, since 1989, has been an outpatient addictions counsellor at Pathways Addictions Resource Centre.

He has an avid interest in healthy balance and wholism and lives with his wife Jean in the City of Penticton in beautiful British Columbia.

You can visit Steve`s personal website  and the BEST event presentation site, where you will find out a good deal more about Steve and where he will be over the coming months.  One of those places will be here, taking his turn at the RITZ Blog.   

1 response to “About”

  1. Alexi Murray
    09.20.2012 - 8:46pm

    Hi Dan,

    I was reading your blog and thought your readers might be interested in another local run that raises funds for B.C. children with serious illnesses.

    The Starlight Children’s Foundation’s 7th Annual Walk & Run for Smiles is happening on Saturday, September 29 at Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver. Families, friends and co-workers will walk 5km or run 10km at this family-friendly event.

    The $25 registration fee goes a long way in supporting Starlight programs, but the more money raised the better! The individual who raises the most funds for the event will win an all inclusive Mexican Vacation for two.

    I am happy to send more information about the event, if you are able to send it out to your network of runners. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Alexi Murray