Monday, December 22, 2008

Team Member Bio: Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson
Age: 32
Location: Salem, NH

Jim joined CMS in August of 2008, exactly 2 years since making his return to running after 8 years away from the sport.

Jim began his racing career at Wakefield High School in Wakefield, MA, where he ran XC, indoor, and outdoor track his Junior and Senior years, and he earned All Scholastic honors for both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald for cross country and outdoor track. He was a 2 time State Champion in the 1000 yards (indoors) and 800 meter run (outdoors) and still owns the Wakefield High School school record at 800 meters at 1:56.2. He then went on to UMass Lowell, where he ran all 3 seasons, all 4 years. He was the 1998 NECC Conference Runner of the Year and NECC Conference Champion in cross country his senior year at UML.

After a break from running that spanned from 1999 to the end of 2006, Jim returned under the wing of Coach Fernando Braz for one more go at it. Now back for 2 solid years, he races just about every weekend at distances from 5k up to the Marathon. He has begun a transition toward mountain, trail, and snowshoe racing over the past year and frequently trains with CMS Men's Masters teammates Dave Dunham and Dan Verrington.

2009 Accomplishments:

Granite State Snowshoe Series Champion
First at Loon Mountain Race
First at Ascutney Hill Climb
First at Run to the Top of Vermont
12th at US National Mountain Running Championship
13th at New England Marathon Championship - 2:37:46
5th at US Trail Marathon Championship
Gold Team Medal at US National Mountain Running Championships
Gold Team Medal at US National Trail Marathon Championships


Mountain/Trail, 5k -10k roads, XC, Snowshoe

HS/Collegiate PRs:

800M: 1:56.2 (o)
1000Y: 2:19 (i)
Mile: 4:24 (i)
5k: 15:10 (o)
5M: 24:59 (xc)

30+ PRs:

5k: 14:55 (roads) (downhill)
5k: 15:12 (roads)
5k: 15:21 (track)
5M: 25:26
10k: 32:20 (roads)
10M: 55:08 (roads)
Half Marathon: 1:13:36
Marathon: 2:37:46

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