Profile of Merv Hodgson
Merv Hodgson, 83 years young, has had a stellar running career to date with many significant achievements over a career of 22 years. We have duly and rightfully acknowledged these achievements in the pages of our website over the years.
Amongst Merv’s notable achievements, or palmarès as they say in the world of cycling:
- Marathons in Boston, Ottawa and Picton
- Age group medalling half marathons, 10Ks, 8Ks, 5Ks all over the map.
- Of particular note an amazing record in one of Merv’s favourite events, the Utica Boilermaker 15K. This is the largest 15K road race in the US.
Over his 21 visits to this race up to the last in-person running in 2018, Merv demonstrated a consistently high level of performance. This was especially true from 2008 on when Merv medalled 8 times, and when not medalling, was always in the top 5.
As we said in a recent acknowledgement of Merv’s 83rd birthday on March 28, Merv has been and continues to be inspirational.
Thanks Merv for taking part in this initiative.
Where are you from originally and what brought you to this area?
Born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario. After completing technical college in Ottawa I was offered a job in the Brockville area.
How long have you been running?
Started running 22 yrs ago. Seemed to be a progression from doing “step classes” with group to running outdoors in summer.
Do you run for fun or competitively?
I do enjoy running but running in a race gives me a real adrenaline rush, so I guess I consider myself to be competitive.
Why do you run?
I run to improve my health – it makes me feel so much better when I’ve completed a run, even on bad days.
Recent memorable running moment? Not necessarily in a race.
My recent memorable running experience would be our virtual FYB#2.
Was able to improve my time and it felt so much easier to do versus FYB#1
Best running achievement?
The Boston Marathon qualifiers are my greatest achievements.
My 2007 Picton marathon was an incredibly emotional achievement for me.
Greatest running disappointment?
Probably the disappointment of not being able to run Boston in 2003 due to injury.
What is your favorite race distance? Why?
I really enjoy 15km races as they are doable without extensive training.
Although the older I get the more I do have to train for all races.
A notable race moment or most memorable race?
My first Picton marathon.
Why did you join BRRC?
Seemed a natural progression as I registered for all their running races and enjoyed their group events.
Ever been injured? How did it happen?
Like most runners, injuries do happen. On a number of occasions have injured my knee and my foot.
Never really understand what I’ve done as the injuries crop up afterwards.
What is your favorite race?
My favorite race would be the Boilermaker 15K in Utica, NY. The entire city gets involved and there are literally thousands of runners and spectators offering encouragement and they provide a great post-race party.
What does your daily or weekly workout consist of?
My weekly routine consists of a 5K run on Mon., Wed. and Fri. with a longer run on Saturdays. On Tues. and Thurs. I do a yoga class.