Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Team Member Bio: Joe Shairs

Joe Shairs
Age: 40
Location: Peabody, MA

I had a taste of running back in middle school where I ran 1 year of cross country before Prop 2 1/2 took the program away. It took me until my junior year at Beverly High School to pick it back up again. I guess I was bored with getting into trouble. I ran all 3 seasons of my junior year and all 3 of my senior year being named captain of the outdoor track team and named to the Salem News all-star team for cross country. I then concentrated on getting my BFA at the University of Lowell in 1991.

Once again I would have a hiatus that lasted about 10 years well past my college days at UMass Lowell. I begin running again in 1995 when I joined a local running club, North Shore Striders, and left that team in 2004. 2005 was the year I officially joined the most competitive team on the east coast, the Central Mass Striders. That year we went on to win the USATF New England Men's Open Road Race Grand Prix series which has been a highlight of my running career.

Road P.R.'S:
5K: 15:33
5 MILES: 26:10
10K: 32:38
15K: 51:35
10 MILES: 53:50
13.1 MILES: 1:12:01
25K: 1:26:30
MARATHON: 2:36:25

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