Runner’s Spotlight | Meet Dan Albert
At every Rock ‘n’ Roll start line thousands of runners join each other to take part in an incredible event, accomplishing amazing goals. Each of our fellow runners has a story to tell that brings them to that start line, this is Dan’s story.
Over the years my Dad and I have run each Country Music Marathon, many together. My wife Marla has run many of them as well. Each of our 4 boys has run the KiDS ROCK Nashville race a number of times, and the oldest two have now run the half a few times. Parker, our second oldest (15), is training now to run the full for the first time!
Our boys grew up with running. Watching them graduate from riding in the stroller to short races to endurance events has been a ton of fun. We live near Warner Parks in Nashville and spend a lot of time rambling around the trails and roads.
I picked up the mystique of the marathon as a kid spending time with my Dad in Manhattan as he trained for the New York City Marathon. I learned to ride a 10-speed keeping up with his training runs through Central Park. Early in my career after college I asked Dad if he’d train and run the Chicago Marathon with me, and 17 years later we’re still plugging away. My wife Marla discovered that running is a great stress relief and chance to catch up with friends in the midst of raising a young family. Samuel, Parker, Michael, and Jonah have made local races like the Boulevard Bolt a tradition all their lives.
Running the Country Music Marathon is a chance to see the city from a parade. Sites familiar from years of running are transformed by cheering crowds, bands, and cheerleaders. I always spot friends in the race and on the sidelines. Also, the race’s encouragement of youth running gave our family a place we each found a challenge.
We’re looking forward to this April’s race, and I’m thankful to keep the streak alive.
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