Friday, June 30, 2017

Brian's Fun Marathon Stats

I ran my first marathon in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 25 on October 24, 1993.

I've found two organizations recognizing 50 state marathon finishers.

The first is called is called the 50 States and DC Marathon Group.   This group is a little more specialized since you need to do the Marine Corps Marathon which counts as your 51st marathon.  Note:  You can't count the Marine Corps Marathon as your Virginia state.  The day I ran my first marathon in 1993 there were two finishers (finisher 25, 26).   23 years later I became the 496th finisher group finisher.  The group was founded in 1989.
Complete 50 State & DC Finisher List 

The second organization is called the 50 States Marathon Club.   In 1993 when I ran my first marathon, only 13 runners had completed a marathon in all 50 States.  By the end of 2016 there were 1,211 runners that have run a marathon in all 50 States and on June 10, 2017 I was the 1,266th runner to complete a marathon in all 50 States.  The club was founded in 2001 which I'm also a member.
Complete 50 State Finisher List

By comparison, by the end of 2016 throughout the years there have been 7,646 summits of Mt. Everest (the highest mountain on earth) by 4,469 people.   I feel it's pretty spectacular that I was the 1,266th finisher of the 50 State Marathon Club and the 496th finisher of the 50 States and DC Group.

First Marathon October 24, 1993 (Age 25) and 50th State Marathon June 10, 2017 (Age 49)
50 States took me 8,631 days or 23 years, 7 months and 18 days

My 2nd marathon was in 1994 at the age of 26 as the final leg of my my first full Ironman
6 of my total marathons were Ironman's
1st Ironman Age 26
6th Ironman Age 40 (Kona)

While living in Columbus, Ohio I ran 32 marathons in 26 different states
While living in Seattle, Washington I ran 4 marathons in 4 different states
While living in Los Angeles, California I ran 21 marathons in 20 different states

My 8th marathon at the age of 30 I ran my fastest marathon in Chicago, Illinois (3:14:08)

43 marathons, I broke 5 hours
33 marathons, I broke 4 hours
8 marathons, I broke 3.5 hours

While I came within minutes several times, I never actually ran a qualifying time for Boston, but was fortunate in 2004 to meet a gentleman while running in Huntsville, Alabama that is from Boston and said he could get me a charity bib number for my friends and I.   John & Todd and their wives join me and certainly this marathon ranked up there with one of my favorite marathon experiences.  Boston was my 35th marathon and 29th state on 4/17/06 and I was happy to break the 4 hour mark with a time of 3:57:28 (Age 37)

My hardest marathon was Pikes Peak marathon in Colorado which took 7:26:02.  The race started at 6,295 and the 13.1 mile turn around was at the top of Pikes Peak 14,110'.  Mile 12 to 13 took me 38:47 (Age 33)

My 2nd hardest marathon was a 50k trail run in Wyoming which took 7:18:46 which the first 22 miles were all above 6,000 ft and climbing up to 8,535 (Age 47)

My 3rd hardest marathon was the run leg of in Idaho of Ironman CDA which took 6:05:05 and I had bonked because of the heat (Age 38)

In my 20's, I ran 7 marathons
In my 30's, I ran 30 marathons
In my 40's, I ran 20 marathons

Two of my marathons were 50k (31.06 miles)
1.  Oregon 11/5/2005 (4:58) flat course (Age 37)
2.  Wyoming 6/20/15 (7:18:46) hilly mountain trail run (Age 47)

In 2003 I ran a 2nd marathon 6 days later (Age 35)
10/12/2003 South Dakota (3:40:39) & 18/18/2003 Indiana (3:39:59)

Two Marathons I road tripped with my Little Brother (Big Brothers / Big Sisters)
Georgia & Indiana

Three times for travel logistics I ran back to back Saturday/Sunday marathons:
1.  4/6/03 Delaware (4:40:34), 4/7/03 New Jersey (3:52:56) - Age 34
2.  10/11/14 Connecticut (4:09:19), 10/12/14 Rhode Island (4:33:57) - Age 46
3.  10/4/15 New Hampshire (4:14:58), 10/5/15 Maine (4:33:42) - Age 47

I ran 6 marathons in 2003 - Age 34-35
I ran 5 marathons in  2015 - Age 46-47
I ran 4 marathons in 2001, 2002, 2005
I ran 3 marathons in 2000, 2004, 2011, 2014
I ran 2 marathons in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2013, 2016
I ran 1 marathon in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
I ran 0 marathons in 2007

Marathons by month:
1 - January
4 - February
5 - March
8 - April
2 - May
5 - June
2 - July
1 - August
2 - September
17 - October
7 - November
3 - December

5 of my marathons were Trail Marathons:
Michigan, Delaware, West Virginia, Wyoming (50k), Oregon (50K).   Alaska would be a sixth trail race, but was 50/50 road and trail.

Everyone always asked me my favorite brand of running shoes.   To the best of my ability of looking through old pictures my first 4 marathons I'm not sure I probably wore either Nike or Saucony, tho I went on and I think 38 marathons I wore Saucony.   I was a big fan of the Grid Hurricane and probably have tried every version of it and was always eager to try out the latest version.    For my 5 trail marathons, the first 4 I ran in a Northface trail shoe, and Wyoming 50k as well as Alaska I ran in the Brooks Cacadia's.   It wasn't unitl 2011 I started exploring some new brands.  Asics always claims to be the best selling running shoe, I tried them out for a couple of years and ran 2 marathons (13'-14') in them.  Nike is another super popular running shoe however I've only ever found one model that I liked for stability which was the Nike Equalon 4 and while had 2-3 pairs of this shoe which I loved training in I only ran 3 marathons with them (11', 2x 15').  A newer brand that I tried out was Hoka and actually only ran 1 marathon (16').    I went through at least 1-2 pairs of shoes every year, however, only a few people know that I had what I called my lucky pair of socks.   At one of the first marathon expo's I attended I picked up 1 or 2 pairs of this sock that I fell in love with.  One of them I trained in and wore out, but the 2nd pair I only broke out on race day and pretty sure they've seen at least 50 of my marathons (or over 1,300 miles) and believe it or not still have them today.

Saucony - 38+
North Face (trail) - 3
Brooks (trail) - 2
Nike - 2-3
Asics - 2
Brooks - 2
Hoka - 1

When GPS came out I started a little more accurately recording my training.   In 2016 I logged at least 631 running miles including two marathons for that year.    In 2017 I logged at least 675 miles and only ran 1 marathon that year.  Using this last two year average as I was older and trained less, figure over the 23 years the total of marathon racing was 1,493.4 miles and if I trained 650 miles every year which is a safe or low estimate I probably have ran over 15,000 miles.   Of course that's not to mention all the miles I put on the bike as it was my preferred cross training exercise. 

These were pretty cool year end summaries that Strava created to share with friends.
2018 -
2017 -
2016 -

I have several inspirational friends that helped me achieve my 50 state goal:

The first is my friend John that I met in Columbus, Ohio while doing a biathlon.  I joined his triathlon club (COTT).   I think he first introduced me to the 50 State Club and we went on to run 9 states together.   Ohio 93', Arizona 99', Tennessee 00', Oklahoma 04', Alabama 04', Arkansas 05', Massachusetts 06', Mississippi 08', and Montana 13'. 

The second is my friend George, we met through a mutual friend Gregg in Montana.  The week before the Missoula marathon the three of us spent a week hiking in Glacier National Park and come race day Gregg split and left George and I to run the marathon, we hit it off and went on to run 8 states together.  Montana 13', Connecticut 14', Rhode Island 14', Wyoming 15', New Hampshire 15', Maine 15', Wisconsin 16', and Alaska 17'.    George is like me with a sense of adventure and packing as much as we can into a marathon weekend.  Two times I traveled to the east coast for back to back marathons and George ran the 13.1 mile course and helped get me to the next state and next race the following day.   Including we the 8 marathons, George & I also hiked 4 state highpoints (Mt Greylock -MA, Mt. Frissle - CT, Jerimoth Hill - RI, and Eagle Mountain - WI) together as well as visited a 5th highpoint (Mt. Washington - NH).   George also spent two weeks with Parisa & I exploring five different regions of Alaska.

A very special thanks to Parisa who was with me for nine of my finishes, several she was too young to remember.   Minnesota 05', Oregon 05', Washington 05', Massachusetts 06', Idaho 06' all in about her first year of life.  After that she was there for California 15', Wyoming 15', Vermont 16', and Alaska 17'.   When asked what was my favorite marathon it has to be state #50 when she mountain biked (for the first time) the entire 26.2 mile course along side of me providing me water as well as my own personal photographer every step of the way!

Another thanks to my partner for 15 years that put up with me and my crazy marathon obsession and 15 of my marathons not to mention countless days, months, years of training.  DC 00', Colorado 01',  Michigan 02', California 02', Nevada 03', North Carolina 03', South Dakota 03', Minnesota 05', Oregon 05', Washington 05', Massachusetts 06', Idaho 06', Hawaii 08', California 15', & Vermont 16'    

Honorable mention to my other friends:
Rick & Mark Florida 94'
Jane Ohio 95'
Jennifer, traveled to Oz with me in 97', and Columbus Marathon 97'  
Bob ran Illinois 98', Pineman 99', Louisiana 01', and Maryland 01'.  
Stacy (1) ran Illinois 98' with Bob & I
Mary ran Arizona 99', Las Vegas 03'
Michelle ran Tennessee 00' 
Stacy (2), Tracy, Scott, ran Pineman 99' & Lake Placid Ironman 00' with me 
Greg & Maureen ran Colorado 01' with me
Gary ran 13.1 California 02'
Jason trained with me & ran Ironman CDA Oregon 2006'
Todd ran Pineman 99' & Massachusetts 06' with me
Pat & Monica Nevada 03' & California 15', also Pat Kudos on 50 total marathons before 50!
Brian traveled to St. George Utah 09' with me
Mike traveled to back to back marathons in Delaware 03' & New Jersey 03' and drove!
Brandon traveled to Indiana 03' & Georgia 04' with me
Ralph ran a 50k in Wyoming 15' with George & I
Rosemary & Luke traveled to Wyoming 15' with Parisa & I for a fun adventure preceding the 50k
Marathon Geek Fast Eddie Washington 05' & California 15'

Finally a special thanks to my mom & dad who always are there for me and even got to see a few of my races.    Ohio 95' Michigan 02', Washington 05', Idaho 06', 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Skagway Marathon Promotinoal Video

Skagway Marathon (Alaska) - Promotional Video

This was a promotional video released to promote the 2018 marathon and featured content from my race in 2017!

Watch Skagway Promotional Video



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Brian Schweinhagen Runs Marathons In All 50 States

Archbold Buckeye (6/28/17)

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“I finished my quest on June 10,” running in the Duff’s Skagway Marathon in and around Skagway, Alaska, he said.
“I felt like a rock star on the course. The race director surprised me with a big ‘50’” on his racing bib.
“I wore a star-spangled outfit, so I pretty much stood out in the crowd. I’ve run a lot of races and nowhere have spectators taken pictures of me… Every corner I turned, if someone had a camera, they were looking for me, screaming, and taking pictures.
“There is always a risk of bears in Alaska. This being a trail marathon, the risk was probably even higher.
“While I saw lots of bears while visiting Alaska, none were seen on the course.” 
Schweinhagen ran his first marathon in 1993, “way before I ever heard of the 50- state club. There were only 13 (50-state) finishers, a pretty elite crowd,” he said.
“In 1999, after I had finished five states, is probably the first time I was introduced to the notion of running a marathon in every state.
“At that time, there were only 70 (50-state) finishers.
“Fast forward 23 years, seven months, 18 days– I am the 1,266th ‘certified’ finisher.’
“Actually, each state was an adventure in itself. Most marathons were three-day weekends, so in the limited amount of time for each race I like to take in as much as I could in the city or state I visited.
“Of course, there were many states where there was a weeklong adventure as it transformed into a full-out vacation.
“Interestingly enough, as much as I traveled and as tired as I may have been from both the marathon running as well as the logistics getting home, I generally made it to work on Monday morning.”
When asked about marathons that stood out in his mind, he said there are many that are special.
“For example, Chicago is my personal record. Boston, well, is Boston,” he said.
“One of my favorites is Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn.
“The most challenging was the Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado, where the 13.1- mile turnaround is on top of one of the highest peaks in the continental United States.
“I remember mile 12-13. With the elevation, that one mile took me 37 minutes.
“My first California marathon was through the California Redwoods. Each one has great memories.”
“People in different parts of the country were very different. For a race, the whole community comes together.
“Without many volunteers, none of this would be possible.” 
“Each race is way different. There are many things to consider including time of the year, temperature, logistics, course profile (hard/easy, hot/cold, flat/ mountains, elevation, etc).
“Every marathon I started I finished, but a handful of them I had my doubts.
“What’s interesting is the way everyone dresses at the start. For example, let’s take a marathon in the middle of the country like Kentucky or Virginia.
“You have the warmweathered people from places like Florida that are freezing and layered up, while you have others from colder northern states that show up in shorts and a tank top.
“All runners doing the same race, but each race is its own challenge just based on where you came from.”
Schweinhagen graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1991 with a computer science degree.
Today, he lives in Los Angeles, 
Calif., with his wife Homeyra, and their daughter, Parisa, 12.
Parisa accompanied him to Skagway, riding a mountain bike along the entire 26.2-mile course. 
Big Finish
At Skagway, Schweinhagen said he “wasn’t the first to cross the finish line, but they held up a pink ribbon for me at the finish.
“I have a ceremonial finish to a number of my races where I do a somersault across the finish line.
“I rolled across the finish line, actually going underneath the ribbon– so my only chance to break the ribbon and I failed!” 
Brian Schweinhagen, AHS ‘86, has completed his quest to run at least one 26.2-mile marathon in each of the 50 U.S. states.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Notable Endurance Timeline



12/11/1983        Wally Herman First known 50 states Marathon Finisher 

1989                  50 States & DC Marathon Group Founded by Dean Rademaker

10/24/1993        “13” 50 State Marathon Finishers

10/24/1993        Brian Schweinhagen runs first marathon. 

  Columbus Marathon, Age 25  (Columbus, Ohio)


10/22/1994        Brian Schweinhagen completes first Ironman Distance Triathlon. 

  Great Floridian Triathlon, Age 26 (Clarmont, Florida)


4/13/1997           Brian Schweinhagen competes 2nd Ironman Triathlon. 

   Ironman Australia, Age 28 (Foster Tuncurry, Australia)


7/30/2000           Brian Schweinhagen competes 3rd Ironman Triathlon. 

   Ironman USA, Age 32 (Lake Placid, New York)

2001                  50 States Marathon Club Founded by Steve & Paula Boone

10/21/2001        “101” 50 State Marathon Finishers

10/21/2001        Brian Schweinhagen completes 10th state marathon. 

  Louisville Marathon, Age 33  (Louisville, Kentucky)


10/12/2003        “144” 50 State Marathon Finishers

10/12/2003        Brian Schweinhagen completes 20th state marathon.

  Mt. Rushmore Marathon, Age 35  (Rapid City, South Dakota)

 2005                  MarathonGeeks was founded by Brian Schweinhagen.

6/17/2006           “260” 50 State Marathon Finishers

6/25/2006           Brian Schweinhagen completes 4th Ironman Triathlon & 30th state marathon.

   Ironman Coeur d'Alene, Age 38  (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho)


11/5/2006           Dean Karnazes (50 marathons, 50 states, 50 consecutive days)

10/11/2008        Brian Schweinhagen completes 5th Ironman Triathlon  

  Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Age  40 (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)


3/21/2010           Rich Roll (Epic5:  Five Islands, Five Days, Five Ironmans)

10/20/2013        “844” 50 State Marathon Finishers

10/20/2013        Brian Schweinhagen completes 40th state marathon.

  Duke City Marathon, Age 45  (Albuquerque, New Mexico)


7/25/2015           Iron Cowboy completes 50/50/50 (50 Ironmans, 50 states, 50 consecutive days)

6/10/2017           Brian Schweinhagen is 1,276th 50 State Marathon Club Finisher.
                           Brian Schweinhagen is also the 496th 50 State Marathon + DC Group Finisher.

   Skagway Marathon, Age 49  (Skagway, Alaska)


6/8/2021             “1,627” 50 State Marathon Finishers

6/8/2021             Iron Cowboy completes “Conquer 100” (100 Ironmans, 100 consecutive days)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Number of Finishers In Brian's 50 State Marathons

Number of Finishers In Brian's 50 State Marathons

# of Finishers
LA Marathon
Boston Marathon
Chicago Marathon
Marine Corps Marathon
Grandma's Marathon
Columbus Marathon
Country Music Marathon
St. George Marathon
Columbus Marathon
Columbus Marathon
Las Vegas Marathon
Hartford Marathon
Pittsburgh Marathon
Seattle Marathon
Ironman Coeur d'Alene
Spirit of St. Louis Marathon
Vermont City Marathon
Ironman World Triathlon Championship
Ironman (USA) Lake Placid
New York
Fargo Marathon
North Dakota
Des Moines Marathon
Myrtle Beach Marathon
South Carolina
Oklahoma City Marathon
Tuscon Marathon
New Jersey Shore Marathon
New Jersey
Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon
Montgomery County Marathon in the Park
Little Rock Marathon
Ironman Australia
Portland Marathon
Newport Marathon
Rhode Island
Rocket City Marathon
Omaha Marathon
Indianpolis Marathon
Mississippi Blues Marathon
Duke City Marathon
New Mexico
Mt. Rushmore Marathon
South Dakota
Whistlestop Marathon
Tybee Island Marathon
The New Hampshire Marathon
New Hampshire
Gobbler Grind Marathon
Big Horn Trail Run (50K)
Louisville Marathon
Humboldt (Redwoods) Marathon
Triple Crown Trail Marathon
Running Fit Trail Marathon
Ellerbe Springs Marathon
North Carolina
Ridge Runner Marathon
West Virgina
ORRC Autumn Leaves (50k)
Skagway Marathon

? Pineman Ironman (Ohio) 9/25/99 
? Great Floridian (Florida) 10/22/94 
? Columbus (Ohio) 10/24/93