Our newest blog post includes the first ever interview of an OPR Featured Runner: We’re thrilled to feature Todd Snyder and learn more about him through his interview by Sam Beasley.
(Spoiler alert: the following article contains many shameless movie quotes)
Sam: Todd, are you married?
Todd: Yes, yes I am
Sam: Do you have a GF?
Todd: UM no but if I did you’d be the first one to know about it
Sam: How old are you?
Todd: Over 21
Sam: How tall are you?
Sam: How much do you weight?
Sam: Is it true you can see through anything?
Todd: Well most things
Sam: What color underwear am I wearing?
As with many of our Pub Runners Todd and his wife are closing in on their one year anniversary with the group.
Sam: Can you tell me what your first experience with OPR was like?
Todd: Steiney’s, last June, Andrea found OPR on Instagram. We were looking for people, “as crazy as we were.” We dropped on by. It was a crappy run around the hospital, but we had a great time afterward.
Andrea and Todd are heading into their sixth wedding anniversary. No run is as difficult as surviving the never ending stream of questions regarding when the grandkids are coming. (Editorial License no basis in reality.) This summer I was treated to the rare opportunity to run Ragnar with Todd and Andrea. As many of you know, the Ragnar is a crucible whereeither painful memories or strong connections are made. In reminiscing about our time there I had to ask: How would you like to run another Ragnar with me this year?
Todd: Gee, I don’t know…
Sam: What do you mean, you don’t know? This is your chance to manage in the big leagues
Todd: Let me get back to you, will ya? I got a guy on the other line asking about some white walls.
One of the first conversations I remember having with Todd was on a weekly run up in Huntsville at the Shooting Star. I guarantee that as per usual I probably had to be reminded of his name at least two more times. What I didn’t forget is that the man works at Gulf Stream! And yet we still drove to Ragnar.
Sam: Who caught the running bug first you or Andrea?
Todd: Andrea did; she decided she wanted to run the Disney Marathon, and I thought that sounded like fun. I said, “I Iike Disney let’s do this.”
Todd is emblematic of the folks we were really hoping to meet. He and Andrea had recently moved to Utah in an attempt to slowly work their way back to the Northwest, where he is from. We were happy to be a welcoming voice in their new town.
Sam: How long have you been running, and what are some of your favorite memories?
Todd: Running off and on for about 4 years, consistently for about 2. My very first 5k was in North Carolina. I didn’t know what to expect as it was my first event. It was 35 degrees and raining and was everything you could expect out of a run in those conditions. But at the end, I knew it was something I was really going to enjoy.
Todd has completed a number of races including receiving the Coast-to-Coast double metal for finishing a half marathon at Disneyland and Disney World.
Sam: What’s your next running goal?
Todd: Sub 2 hour half, my current PR is 2:09 last year at the Disneyland Half Marathon.
Todd isn’t afraid to fully commit to a running/team wardrobe. From his zealous following of the Seahawks to his truly awesome pirate running outfit, I think you’ll agree there is no limit to how far he will go. I remember seeing him for the first time in Vegas. There he was in a sweet Ragnar jacket, Ragnar pants, and I think he even had a Ragnar pair of socks.
Sam: Todd, you must do these a lot?
Todd: No this is our first one, just wanted to totally get into it.
Sam: What advice would you give about what to bring on my next race?
Todd: Leave the gun, take the cannoli.
Sam: When people ask you about OPR, what story do you tell them to help them understand what it’s all about.
Todd: I tell them about the 2 year anniversary. There were so many people, and you got a sense of the camradery and the community. When you are at these events, you get a feeling that they really care about everyone who comes.
Sam: Todd frequently posts helpful links to improving your running. I asked him, “What do you do when you suddenly are faced with an 8-mile uphill run, in the middle of the night, with no support, into the wind?”
Todd: “When some wild-eyed, eight-mile maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”
As with many of our runners we don’t get to see Todd as frequently as we’d like, but he’s sure left an impression when we do get to see him.
“I’m the guy that will push you to finish.” – Todd Snyder 2016
We regularly feature our awesome members! Do you have an Ogden Pub Runner Member that you think deserves to be a Featured Member? Nominate them! Email nominations to INFO@OGDENPUBRUNNERS.COM or use the Contact Form.
We can’t wait to hear who inspires you.
Until next time,