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Member NameRoger Wright
Years Running
Max Distance35+ 
Fastest Mile7:15 
Current Mile8:45 
Types of RunningRoad Runner
Internet Profile Linkhttp://www.RFME.org
Fitness StatementI was overweight my entire life, and 300+ pounds for the previous 5 years (I'm only 5'6"). On June 7th, 2008, at the age of 47 I decided to drastically change my life. Even though I had never run more than a 1/4 mile in my previous 30 years because I HATED running, I set a goal of running the 2009 Boston Marathon which was 10 months away and to raise $3000 for my 9 year old niece Julia who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. I exceeded all expectations and have learned to love running. I generally run 5-6 marathon or other endurance races each year and will continue to do so as long as my legs allow me.

Quote“"Once you cross the finish line, no matter how fast or how slow, it will change your life forever" (Dick Beardsley from the movie "Spirit of the Marathon")” 
Running AchievementsOnly being able to run 10 yards the first day of training and 10 months later running the 2009 Boston Marathon, NONSTOP!  

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Upcoming Races

Date Event Name Location Distance    
5/24/14 Keybank Vermont City Marathon   Burlington, VT  Marathon  Share with Friends Share on Facebook  
7/27/14 San Francisco Ultra Marathon (52.4)  San Francisco  50 Miles  Share with Friends Share on Facebook  

Recent Races

Date Event Name Location Distance Race Time Place
4/21/14 2014 Boston Marathon   Boston  Marathon  05:04:09  27954 
3/16/14 New York City Half Marathon   Manhatten   1/2 Marathon  01:55:18  7598/20771 
2/23/14 Hyannis Half Marathon   Hyannis,MA   1/2 Marathon  01:57:43  1370/2983 
2/2/14 NYRR Gridiron 4M  Central Park (NY City)  4 Miles  32:38  1533/5966 
1/12/14 Disney Marathon   Orlando, FL  Marathon  04:14:42  2736/19232 
1/1/14 Needham New Years Day 5K   Needham,MA   5K  24:08  107/371 
11/17/13 Myles Standish Marathon   Plymouth,MA  Marathon  3:58:50  96/259 
11/10/13 Chilly Half Marathon   Newton,MA   1/2 Marathon  1:49:50  361/1206 
10/27/13 Ashland Half Marathon   Ashland, MA   1/2 Marathon  1:52:05  177/578 
10/20/13 Paddys Day Pub Race 5K  Newton, Mass  5K  23:28   

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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1 hour spin, ran a mile.

Monday, April 21st, 2014
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Ran the Boston Marathon. Felt great and was very optimistic but had one of the worst races of my short 5 year "career". Felt good at the start but unfortunately around mile 8 one wheel fell off the wagon, at mile 11 another wheel broke, soon after the wagon flipped over and burst into flames. It was downhill...actually uphill from there as I dragged the flaming and mangled heap up the hills of Newton and eventually over the finish line.

So I'll get the wagon fixed, put the wheels back on and run another marathon next month in Vermont. And while I'm extremely disappointed in my performance, this years race was not about me but about healing a wounded city. And without question it succeeded. Congratulations to everyone that was lucky enough to be a part of the race. Regardless of the time, we are all winners.

run This happens in marathons or sometimes even shorter races. This year's Boston will never be forgotten. We are not just Boston Strong. We are America Strong. Meb ran one of his best races ever. People don't mess with our races. We are runners. Way to go Roger! and everyone else!
Bob Anderson 4/21/14 10:50 pm
run I think you... and your wheels!... will keep on rolling! I had images of a running cartoon from your creative writing!
John Hofacre 4/22/14 8:31 am
run Thanks Bob and happy I could actually be an inspiration for something John. lol It was an incredible event but personally it's been a tough 48 hours. Had such high expectations, felt great and can run every mile of the course with my eyes closed. Stupid "rookie" Boston mistake of coming out too fast (no one in front and 9000 behind me) and the increasing heat/sun was a lethal combo for me. Hopefully I can redeem myself next month in VT.
Roger Wright 4/23/14 5:11 pm
Sunday, April 20th, 2014
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Ran three easy miles with my 78 year old neighbor. I barely beat him! Tomorrow I finish Boston stronger than I started.

run Can't wait to hear how you did today! Looks like the temp is perfect but I am not sure about the wind?
Bob Anderson 4/21/14 8:34 am
Friday, April 18th, 2014
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1 hour spin then off to Boston Marathon expo to pick up packet and Boston Strong scarf.

run Boston Strong!!!! Have fun tomorrow!!!
Bob Anderson 4/20/14 7:58 am
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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Ran a nice easy 6.5 miles. Have reached the "forget about work until next Tuesday" stage of pre-race anxiety.

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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Had a 2 Hour Boston Marathon/Cystic Fibrosis Spin Bike fundraiser today. Huge success and someone made custom chocolates!

Friday, April 11th, 2014
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30 minutes weights, 1 hour Spin, 3 miles. Did interview with local Boston station for the marathon broadcast and they gave me a medal. :)

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
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Ran 6 miles at a comfortable pace. Sunny but still cold.

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
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Ran 15 miles along the Boston Marathon course. Balmy 40 degree and sunny weather!

run You are going to be READY!!!!
Bob Anderson 4/6/14 10:46 pm
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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30 minutes weights, 1 hour spin, ran 4.25 miles

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runnerCheck out my video on my profile!
Roger Wright 3/23/14 2:20 pm
runnerEach year I make a video for one marathon to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. This is my 2014 Boston Marathon video. http://youtu.be/3AsQjx1lxLU
Roger Wright 3/23/14 2:21 pm
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runnerWow, bombs just went off at the Boston Marathon! Fortunately Bob and Mike should be ok.
Roger Wright 4/15/13 12:35 pm
runnertalked to bob, they are OK. he said it went off just about the time when michael crossed the finish line, bob was waiting for him.
Waitman Gobble 4/15/13 12:52 pm
runnerrichard, latest news is cell phone service has been intentionally shut down in boston.
Waitman Gobble 4/15/13 2:41 pm
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runnerCheck out my video on my profile!
Roger Wright 4/13/13 8:29 pm
runnerInspirational, Roger. Hopefully, this will encourage others to get out there and keep moving.
Gary Funck 4/14/13 6:51 pm
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runnerCheck out my video on my profile!
Roger Wright 1/15/13 2:13 pm
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runnerIs it me or is the Fit Log messed up? Looks like Sunday was repeated from last week to this week (of all the weeks to move my LSR from Sunday to Saturday! lol) and there is no Saturday listed.
Roger Wright 11/7/12 1:56 pm
runnerSomething did happen but our webmaster is getting it fix. Be sure to keep us informed of any situations we need to fix OR improve! Thanks Bob
Bob Anderson 11/7/12 1:59 pm
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runnerYesterday, after hearing the NYC Marathon was cancelled, I wrote this in defense of my running friends on Facebook who had received abuse from both strangers and friends. My thoughts on the NYCM. First, I can completely understand the negative sentiments regarding the New York City Marathon (NYCM) being held. Hurricane Sandy was a horrific disaster that obviously affected millions of people to a degree that will never be forgotten. I am 100% certain that there is not ONE runner who does not have compassion for everyone affected by this storm and it's effects. If there is anyone that doesn't care, even non runners, then they are not human in my eyes. Life is complicated and every day we are faced with decisions that are not easily made. And some are beyond our control. Having been given the OK to run by Bloomberg and the NYRR, the runners of the New York City Marathon found themselves in a situation that they really didn't have control over. "Damned if you do and damned if you don't". The NYCM is the largest marathon in the world with approx. 50,000 runners. And because of it's size and prestige, runners come from not only every state in this country, but this year, approximately 20,000 came from other parts of the world to run it. For most of the runners it starts as a dream, turns into a goal, and becomes a non wavering commitment. They ran through blood sweat and tears, sun, rain and possibly snow, day and night, dusk to dawn, just to run ONE race. I was not registered to run this year's race but I do have many friends and family that were. I can tell you that every one of them is actually feeling a sense of relief right now that the race has been cancelled. The runners in this year's race are not selfish, evil, uncaring, apathetic or any other degrading term that they have been called this week. If you believe that, then you should be ashamed of yourself. Relatively new to the sport of running, I immediately found runners to be some of the most caring people in the world, with a large majority raising millions of dollars and awareness for charities throughout the world. And if you think it is easy to spend hours, days, weeks and months soliciting donations from friends, families, coworkers and strangers, then I sincerely encourage you to try it. Trust me, it is MUCH harder than running 26.2 miles. Hurricane Sandy is a tragedy that has few rivals in 21st century America and the victims will wear a scar on their life that will be extremely hard to ever remove. But I also believe that, to an obviously much lesser extent, that the runners of this race are also victims in one way or another.
Roger Wright 11/3/12 6:22 pm
runnerRoger Good words.
Richard Stiller 11/3/12 8:26 pm
runnerWhat you have written says it so well. Thanks Roger for taking the time to share your thoughts. They are right on...
Bob Anderson 11/4/12 5:04 pm
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runnerHave you recoverd from Berlin? You are running the BAA Half this weekend!!! Have a good one....
Bob Anderson 10/5/12 6:30 pm
runnerThanks Bob. Got back from Germany yesterday (incredible time!) so I just updated everything. Heading out right now for an easy 5-7 with running club so see how I feel for tomorrow's BAA Half. I don't expect much for tomorrow but at least it's supposed to be cool...
Roger Wright 10/6/12 3:37 am
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runnerCongrats! Roger you are our Ujena Fit Log winner for the week ending June 24. AND because you are a 2-star member, we doubled your winnings. $100 is on its way...it does pay to workout daily and to post daily at Ujena Fit Club...who is next? Bob
Bob Anderson 7/2/12 9:40 am
runnerThat's awesome Bob, I am so excited that I finally won! That said, I actually win every week because this Fit Log does encourages me to work out everyday, even if it's just a quick mile. Thanks Bob, you really made my day!
Roger Wright 7/2/12 7:29 pm
Shari Mernett 7/3/12 6:31 am
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runnerRoger, did you do the half on the 18th. I didn't see your name in the results? Are you getting set for Boston?
Bob Anderson 3/26/12 10:05 am
runnerHi Bob. Always nice hearing from you - thanks for the interest!. I ended up running the New Bedford Half at 1:57:29. About what I expected with a really bad hill for the last mile. Someone should tell them to run the race the other way! lol Finished my long run for Boston over the weekend. Ran from Hopkinton to the top of Heartbreak Hill and felt good. Did 1:57 at 13.25 which is good for me. That said, the 2nd half of Boston is obviously the hard part! Congrats on your Oakland Half! You seemed a little disappointed with your 1:31 but from my perspective I could only dream of a time like that! You're awesome! :)
Roger Wright 3/26/12 2:07 pm
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runnerGood luck on your News Year day 5k...
Bob Anderson 12/30/11 9:37 am
runnerThanks Bob. Unfortunately I pulled my left calf running a few days ago so I have been doing everything else (spin, swimming, elliptical, etc) in hopes of a recovery. First race I have ever had to cancel. Hopefully it's OK before Miami Marathon in 29 days. Happy New Years.
Roger Wright 12/31/11 11:19 pm
runnerSorry to hear this Roger...I hope you have a speedy recovery...be sure to get some massage!
Bob Anderson 1/1/12 3:53 pm
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runnerGood job Roger...blisters can be the worse. You can run faster and on to the next one. But I am sure you had a wonderful experience. I wished I would have been there with you! Good luck in Miami...
Bob Anderson 11/6/11 6:25 pm
runnerThank Bob. Marathons are always special and obviously the New York City Marathon (NYCM) is one of the world's greatest. Regardless of my time, it was a great experience. I'm only 50 so plenty of time to improve! BTW, thanks to this site, I recognized Marshall Ulrich at the NYCM expo and had a great conversation with him about his incredible accomplishments and my weightloss/marathon story. Both he and his wife Heather are wonderful people. Only at chapter 4 of his book (Running On Empty) but very riveting!
Roger Wright 11/8/11 3:48 pm
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runnerGood luck Roger...have a good race in New York. Tell us all about it.
Bob Anderson 11/5/11 10:23 am
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runnerHi Roger! I finally joined up. Glad you are liking it here. Knew it would be your cup of Boston Tea.
Aneese Totah 10/4/11 10:23 pm
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runnerI have always wanted to do a road relay and for some reason I never did one. Looks like you do several per year. They must be fun?
Bob Anderson 9/26/11 10:21 pm
runnerThey are a blast as long as you have a team who accepts that it is more about having fun instead of expecting everyone to set a world record pace. You also have to accept that you MIGHT get 2-3 hours sleep for the next ~36 hours if you are lucky, that you will probably be running through the middle of nowhere in the wee hours of the morning with only a headlamp to guide you and that the van ends up smelling like a locker room within a few hours. And those are the good things! LOL
Roger Wright 9/27/11 12:48 pm
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runnerI just watched the new video you linked and I loved it!! Yes, happy tears again. I think what you have accomplished is truly amazing. Congratulations!
Trish Tompkins 9/22/11 4:54 pm
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UjENA FIT Club Fit Log Entries (2014) 2012

Wk #Log DateEntry TypeActualDay AvgWk TotWk PointsAcc Pnts
16 Wks 112 Days 7.0 Days/Wk Avg 616.1 mi 5.0 avg 34.8 avg  
 Wed 4/23All Workouts 1 Hour1   29749
 Mon 4/2125.1-26.2mi Run26.2   26746
16Sun 4/202-3.1mi Run or Walk3 3.6 mi25.5 mi30720
 Sat 4/192-3.1mi Run or Walk3   27717
 Fri 4/183.2-5mi Run or Walk4   24714
 Thu 4/175.1-7mi Run6.5   19709
 Wed 4/16All Workouts 2 Hours+2   13703
 Tue 4/155.1-7mi Run6   8698
 Mon 4/14All Workouts 1 Hour+1   2692
15Sun 4/13All Workouts 2 Hours+ 3.4 mi24.0 mi39690
 Sat 4/1210.1-12mi Run12   34685
 Fri 4/11All Workouts 2 Hours+1   22673
 Thu 4/105.1-7mi Run6   17668
 Wed 4/9All Workouts 2 Hours+1   11662
 Tue 4/81 Mile Run or Walk1   6657
 Mon 4/7All Workouts 2 Hours+3   5656
14Sun 4/614.1-16mi Run15 5.6 mi39.3 mi44651
 Sat 4/52-3.1mi Run or Walk3   28635
 Fri 4/4All Workouts 1 Hour+1   25632
 Thu 4/35.1-7mi Run7   23630
 Wed 4/2All Workouts 2 Hours+4.25   17624
 Tue 4/17.1-10mi Run8   12619
 Mon 3/31All Workouts 1 Hour+1   2609
13Sun 3/303.2-5mi Run or Walk4.25 7.2 mi50.3 mi61607
 Sat 3/2920.1-25mi Run22   56602
 Fri 3/28All Workouts 2 Hours+1   31577
 Thu 3/2710.1-12mi Run11   26572
 Wed 3/26All Workouts 1 Hour+1   14560
 Tue 3/257.1-10mi Run9   12558
 Mon 3/24All Workouts 1 Hour+2   2548
12Sun 3/2320.1-25mi Run20 6.4 mi45.0 mi53546
 Sat 3/222-3.1mi Run or Walk3   28521
 Fri 3/21All Workouts 1 Hour+1   25518
 Thu 3/205.1-7mi Run6   23516
 Wed 3/19All Workouts 2 Hours+3   17510
 Tue 3/187.1-10mi Run10   12505
 Mon 3/17All Workouts 1 Hour+2   2495
11Sun 3/1612.1-14mi Run13.1 4.8 mi33.4 mi40493
 Sat 3/153.2-5mi Run or Walk5   26479
 Fri 3/14All Workouts 1 Hour+1   21474
 Thu 3/135.1-7mi Run5.25   19472
 Wed 3/12All Workouts 2 Hours+2   13466
 Tue 3/115.1-7mi Run6   8461
 Mon 3/10All Workouts 1 Hour+1   2455
10Sun 3/91 Mile Run/Walk1 5.9 mi41.0 mi48453
 Sat 3/818.1-20mi Run19   47452
 Fri 3/7All Workouts 1 Hour+1   27432
 Thu 3/610.1-12mi Run11   25430
 Wed 3/5All Workouts 2 Hours+2   13418
 Tue 3/45.1-7mi Run6   8413
 Mon 3/3All Workouts 1 Hour+1   2407
9Sun 3/214.1-16mi Run16 5.3 mi37.1 mi49405
 Sat 3/11 Mile Run or Walk1   33389
 Fri 2/28All Workouts 2 Hours+1   32388
 Thu 2/2712.1-14mi Run13.1   27383
 Wed 2/26All Workouts 2 Hours+   13369
 Tue 2/255.1-7mi Run6   8364
 Mon 2/24All Workouts 1 Hour+   2358
8Sun 2/2312.1-14mi Run13.1 5.2 mi36.1 mi44356
 Sat 2/222-3.1mi Run or Walk3   30342
 Fri 2/21All Workouts 1 Hour+1   27339
 Thu 2/20All Workouts 2 Hours+6   25337
 Wed 2/19All Workouts 2 Hours+2   20332
 Tue 2/187.1-10mi Run8   15327
 Mon 2/17All Workouts 2 Hours+3   5317
7Sun 2/163.2-5mi Run or Walk3.25 6.6 mi46.0 mi59312
 Sat 2/1518.1-20mi Run18.25   54307
 Fri 2/14All Workouts 1 Hour+1   34287
 Thu 2/1310.1-12mi Run11   32285
 Wed 2/12All Workouts 2 Hours+2.5   20273
 Tue 2/117.1-10mi Run7.5   15268
 Mon 2/10All Workouts 2 Hours+2.5   5258
6Sun 2/91 Mile Run/Walk1 5.5 mi38.5 mi46253
 Sat 2/816.1-18mi Run16.5   45252
 Fri 2/7All Workouts 2 Hours+1   27234
 Thu 2/65.1-7mi Run7   22229
 Wed 2/5All Workouts 2 Hours+4   16223
 Tue 2/45.1-7mi Run6   11218
 Mon 2/3All Workouts 2 Hours+3   5212
5Sun 2/27.1-10mi Run8 5.7 mi39.8 mi49207
 Sat 2/112.1-14mi Run13   39197
 Fri 1/312-3.1mi Run or Walk2   25183
 Thu 1/305.1-7mi Run6.5   22180
 Wed 1/29All Workouts 2 Hours+3   16174
 Tue 1/285.1-7mi Run6.25   11169
 Mon 1/27All Workouts 2 Hours+1   5163
4Sun 1/2614.1-16mi Run15.5 5.0 mi34.8 mi45158
 Sat 1/251 Mile Run or Walk1   29142
 Fri 1/24All Workouts 2 Hours+1   28141
 Thu 1/23Yoga 1 Hour+3   23136
 Wed 1/227.1-10mi Run7.25   18131
 Tue 1/215.1-7mi Run6.00   8121
 Mon 1/20All Workouts 1 Hour+1   2115
3Sun 1/191 Mile Run/Walk1 5.0 mi35.3 mi42113
 Sat 1/1816.1-18mi Run18   41112
 Fri 1/17All Workouts 1 Hour+2   2394
 Thu 1/167.1-10mi Run9   2192
 Wed 1/15All Workouts 2 Hours+1   1182
 Tue 1/143.2-5mi Run or Walk3.25   677
 Mon 1/131 Mile Run or Walk1   172
2Sun 1/1225.1-26.2mi Run26.2 7.2 mi50.7 mi5471
 Sat 1/112-3.1mi Run or Walk3   2845
 Fri 1/107.1-10mi Run8   2542
 Thu 1/95.1-7mi Run7   1532
 Wed 1/81 Mile Run or Walk1.5   926
 Tue 1/72-3.1mi Run or Walk3   825
 Mon 1/6All Workouts 2 Hours+2   522
1Sun 1/55.1-7mi Run6.25 1.8 mi12.4 mi1717
 Sat 1/4All Workouts 2 Hours+1   1111
 Fri 1/3All Workouts 2 Hours+1   66
 Thu 1/21 Mile Run/Walk1   11
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