NICK SCARPELLO

Hometown:  Jamison, PA

Background: I grew up watching my Mom run races all across Bucks County and beyond:  Philadelphia Distance Run, Broad Street Run, Philadelphia A-Z Run…

Since a young age, on many Saturdays (as long as I didn’t have a basketball game), my Dad would pile me and my two brothers into the minivan at the crack of dawn to drive to a course somewhere and see Mom run.  We cheered.

 My running started with a Walkman, Sony headphones, gym shorts and a cotton Quiksilver surf shirt on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk.  Mainly did it just to stay in shape for summer league basketball.  Middle school boys on beach cruisers would speed by and poke fun occasionally.  I thought I could be pretty good at running if I practiced.  I liked to run, and I loved to play basketball.

Fast forward a few years, high school XC, and eventually college XC and track & field at Penn State University taught me to love to train in the cold & the rain.  My fondness for the sport grew each year.  I loved the wide-open country roads and the hard-packed gravel trails featuring a thin sheet of freshly fallen, powdery snow.

In 2014 I graduated Penn State University and moved to San Diego to start my career and surf some waves.  Through running, racing and competing, I am blessed with dedicated training partners and very dear friends.

Racing Competitively Since: 2007

PRs: 

1500 m:  3:50

Mile: 3:58 (road, downhill-aided)

3000 m: 8:10

5000 m: 14:14

10K:  30:16 (road)

Half Marathon:  66:58

Highlights: 2015 San Diego USATF Male Distance Runner of the Year, 2016 Carlsbad 5000 Open Men’s overall winner, 2016 San Diego USATF Road Race Series champion

 

The Fun Questions:

Favorite Race:  2013 Adidas Wisconsin XC Invitational

Favorite Workout:  Take back Strava course records stolen by oblivious cyclists.

Words to Live By:  www.theguyintheglass.com/gig.htm

Why I Choose to Run for PRT:  Companionship in competing gives running its greater meaning.

Favorite PRT Memory: Big Bear, Palm Springs, and Club Nationals team trips.

What I Like to Do Besides Running:  Eat pizza, drink wine and go surfing (yes, in that chronological order)