Rick Johnson not slowing down with age and will #RunBigStar

Frisco, Texas – Driven to help others achieve. Cooper Fitness Runners creator Rick Johnson has accomplished many feats in the running world, however, he says the joy he receives from helping the running community gives him the greatest rewards.

We’re pleased to share Johnson’s devotion to runners of all ages to #DoSomethingBig, which can be done with their very first steps and personal goals.

Who do you run for?

I run for myself, for my family and to support and encourage other runners. 

What does running do for you?

Running makes me happy and healthy. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and well being.

Why will you run the Texas Big Star in Frisco April 2017?

I really think it is important to support and grow our local races. Frisco is right in my backyard. Local races add a special, unique flavor that the national, corporate races cannot.

Why should others #RunBigStar?

Others should run Big Star to support local races…which in turn support local charities or causes. Also, it is fun to run in the community where we live.

What has been your greatest running achievement?

My biggest achievement is improvement in my running and my results…even as I get older. It’s a reminder that getting older doesn’t always mean getting slower. Of course, it is important to set realistic goals, but we can always continue to improve ourselves. Other personal achievements are having run the Boston and New York marathons.

If you could not run, what would you do instead?

If I couldn’t run…I would first spend a lot of my time just being depressed. After that, I would try to walk, swim, yoga and other strength training exercises. I would also probably devote more time to other things and hobbies…like guitar.


Closing thoughts?

Achievements are one thing…but rewards can be something entirely different. For example, starting the Cooper Fitness Runners had been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. There is a real joy in my life…devoting myself and giving back to the running community. Setting up pace teams and pacing local races has also been very rewarding. Let me put it this way: setting a personal record or winning an age group award is an accomplishment and the feeling of reward lasts a day or two…but reward of helping someone to achieve a PR or to complete a distance that once seemed impossible, lasts forever.
We look forward to running alongside Rick!

The North Texas Community Giving Foundation (NTCGF) and the Tug McGraw Foundation will present the 2nd annual Texas Big Star Half Marathon & 5K at Collin College Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco, Texas 75035 on April 15, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. #WhoIRunFor is a series of stories about race participants and the passion behind their footwork.

Register early for discounted rates. All are welcome to #RunBigStar. Corporate teams are encouraged to register as well.

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