Run Grouper of the Week: Doug Arena

Introducing Run Grouper of the Week. A series of regular profiles to spotlight some of our most endorphin-addicted friends and expand everyone’s pace group. Don’t be shy – if Doug sounds like your speed, say hi and make a new running buddy tonight!

Name: Doug Arena

Hometown: Chalmette

High School: Holy Cross

College: Loyola

Did you compete in college? No

Typical Run Group distance: 6 to 8 miles

Typical Run Group pace: Usually around 9

How long have you been running?

I ran from 1983 to 96,then had neck issues and stopped for about 17 years.Started back in may of 2010.

Why do you run?

For health and to keep weight off.

When was the moment that you identified as a runner?

I think I identified as a runner when I realized that most of the laundry was run related.

When was your first run group?

First run group was Oct 4th 2010.I go back because it’s fun meeting new people.Nice to hear stories of running and other things from people from different states/Countries.

What keeps you coming back?

I go back because it’s fun meeting new people.Nice to hear stories of running and other things from people from different states/Countries.

What is your favorite local race?

Jackson Day

What is your favorite aspect of the New Orleans running community?

Favorite aspect is the same as returning to run group. Meeting new people of all ages.

What is your current running goal?

Current running goal is to stay healthy and keep moving forward.

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