This month, we are excited to introduce you to Bill Hunter. Bill has been a loyal DPMR member since the early days, and you will probably recognize his smiling face from one of the many events he has either volunteered or run at (often in his yellow DPMR shirt).
Where do you live, and how often do you make it over to Truckee?
When did you begin running/long-distance running? Why?
I began running in junior high, and settled on the 400m in high school and college. After that, it was 10k road races in the Bay Area before moving to Grass Valley, where I switched full time to running on trails. Tahoe Rim Trail 50k in 2003 was my first ultra.
Do you race? Does racing motivate you? If not racing, what motivates you?
Mostly, though, I’m in it for the adventure, and the great people that I’ve crossed paths with along the way. Of course, the running also allows me to maintain my desired intake level of pancakes and craft beers without losing my figure. Oh, and the swag.
Do you have a favorite on-trail food or nutrition strategy? Favorite post-run meal or beverage?
During a run/race: real food when I can, gels when I have to. Burritos afterward. And beer.
The stretch between Castle and Basin peaks when there was still a little snow up there was fun. A little fear sweat’s a good thing, right? Ditto for that first training run through the Palisades section of the Castle Peak 100k. And I can’t leave out the Ragnar Relay – which felt like a weird hybrid of Burning Man and trail running.
Most importantly, though, was the love and dedication that I received from my support crew – my wife and daughters. The extraordinary efforts they undertook to help me reach my goals – race day, and in the months leading up to it- was humbling, and will take a lifetime to repay.
I’ve been feeling a need to run faster again, so I’m looking at some half marathons, starting most likely with the Bidwell Classic in Chico in March. And I’m committed to return to the Ragnar Relays with my team of oldsters to defend our 3rd place title. And a lot of aid station work. I took my fair share of help from them in the last two years and now I’m looking forward to repaying the debt.
I am a logistics manager for an import company. Because it’s a smaller company, I have a fair amount of flexibility with my schedule, so finding time away from work to train isn’t an issue. More challenging is making sure I spend enough time with my family.
After all the summers at Donner, I just wanted more reasons to get back up there on the weekends, and I had honestly not spent that much time running up there. My primary goals were to learn new trails and meet new people.
The annual picnics are always fun, and working an aid station, and participating in training runs for the Castle Peak 100K were great. But I think seeing all of the DPMR yellow shirts at the Canyons 50/100k this year – both running and volunteering – has to be my favorite bit so far. So much enthusiasm and support and comraderie and heroism on display, and I was so pleased to be a part of that.
Favorite local trail?
Any part of the PCT, except that section that’s like a staircase that isn’t the right size to get a good, consistent stride on. Over on my side of the hill, the Pioneer trail that more or less parallels Highway 20. And anything in West Marin.
Any interesting facts about yourself you would like to share?
Cats over dogs, Android not Apple, Coffee Black and never Decaf.