October, 2017 - Member of the Month - Danny Rogers
Congratulations goes to Danny Rogers for being nominated and selected as the DCCS October member of the month! Read about Danny's story here and his fundraising efforts for Fisher House!
1. Tell us about your history. Where grew up, family etc?
I call Lorain, Ohio my home rooting for all the Cleveland sport teams to include the Cleveland Browns. Yes, I know they suck but it's my Browns :-))
2. How did you get started with running?
I always ran since junior high school with the 800m to 1600m races. I never ran in college besides the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) training runs and in the U.S Army. I told myself that I would continue to stay fit as I left the Army back to the civilian world. Trail running gave me the opportunity to stay fit mentally and physically.
3. Any favorite races or distances? Accomplishments proud of?
My favorite accomplishment is asking my wife, Amy, to marry me at the Grand Canyon. We ran the rim-to-rim-to-rim (about 44ish miles) from south rim to north rim and back. And I didn't lose the ring :-))
My favorite races/distance is anything on mountain trails and through the woods. I'd rather trail run 10 miles up a steep mountain climb that takes me 3 hours than run a personal record (PR) on a road race.
4. You have been running with DCCS for how long and which runs?
I have been running with DCCS trail running group since the summer of 2011 at Difficult Run parking lot for trail running. That's when I picked up ultra-marathon trail running "bug" and fell in love with sport. Mind you, I never ran a marathon before....and still haven't. I will have to find a trail marathon with big climbs :-)
5. I hear you have a few trails in Great Falls park named after you informally. How did that happen?
Yes, there are a couple of trails in Great Falls park with my initials, DR1 (DannyRogers1), DR2, and DR3...maybe DR4. Bottom line, there is too many of them. The best name is the DCCS Wolfpack trail running. I coined that "Wolfpack" name for our trail running club because with all the trail running we do throughout the evening with howling at the full moon. What better way to recognize our trail running brothers and sisters...HOWL!!!!!!!!!!!
6. You have an upcoming epic race event. Tell us about it, the inspiration and what charity you are raising money for.
I'm registered for Arrowhead 135 on January 29-31, 2018 in northern Minnesota through the snow with zero or negative degree weather while pulling a sled with my required gear (i.e., sleeping bag, bivey tent, stove, 64 ounces of water, 3,000 calories of food) to raise money for a great charity organization that helps military families called Fisher House Foundation. What is Fisher House Foundation? Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Here's the Fisher House donation website link: