Rock On: David DeNeire Racks Up The Miles

David DeNeire poses with his 55 finisher medals from Rock 'n' Roll Series races. Photo: George Qua-Enoo

The Canadian recently finished a streak of running 55 straight Rock ‘n’ Roll Series races.

For David DeNeire, a 37-year-old mortgage broker from Ontario, Canada, the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon was just the beginning of an epic journey. During a 28-month span that began three years ago in December with his 26.2-mile jaunt through Sin City, he completed 55 consecutive races in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series before ending his amazing streak this past April at the 2013 St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville.

Flight passes, convenient hotel chains and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour Pass assisted DeNeire with his relentless travel odyssey, which entailed traveling 146,614 miles and running 1,040 race miles. (He ran the half marathon at events only when a marathon option wasn’t available.)

“I love the travel challenge,” DeNeire says. “It makes the journey that much more fun.”

It’s not the first time DeNeire has gone on a running tear. He made his endurance debut at the 2008 Las Vegas Half Marathon, but then got busy with life and his career and didn’t run for 18 months. In an effort to break a year-and-a-half dry spell following that event, DeNeire completed nine half marathons in nine weeks before returning to Vegas for his first full marathon in 2010.

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DeNeire caught the running bug partially because of the sport’s accessibility to such a wide range of participants.

“Running is open to all walks of life,” he says. “The overweight, the underweight, the wealthy and the poor, people with disabilities and those lucky enough to have none. It brings together strangers, friends, families and communities to raise awareness for many charities and ultimately promote a healthier way of life.”

DeNeire has been inspired to motivate others to stride toward their own fitness goals. In an effort to whip a friend back into shape, DeNeire posted a 40-day challenge to his “Run Like a Clydesdale” blog and Facebook page: Do 25 minutes of cardio per day for 40 days. His challenge went viral, and within 48 hours more than 200 people from 10 different countries committed to the challenge.

“Everyone has 25 minutes in the day to go out and do something for themselves,” he says.

DeNeire’s notoriety landed him a role with the ING Runner’s Nation promotion, making him one of the “spokesrunners” for the ING Class of 2012 in the lead-up to what would have been the 2012 New York City Marathon. His running story and funny Clydesdale quips graced the ING Runner’s Nation YouTube channel and social media venues, which allowed him to serve as a guide for everything racing and recovery for ING participants.

But while in Georgia for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon, DeNeire received word the New York City Marathon had been canceled because of Hurricane Sandy. (He had planned to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll race on Saturday morning, fly north that night and run the marathon through the five boroughs of New York City on Sunday morning. True to the runner’s spirit, DeNeire still went to New York on Saturday to assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Sandy.)

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A similar jet-setting challenge struck DeNeire earlier in 2012, when he completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon and the Marathon Oasis de Montreal on back-to-back days. He’s also racked up many other impressive race feats, including the 2012 Double-Double GobbleGobble Quatro event in San Antonio (where competitors run four marathons in four consecutive days).

In 2013, he set his half marathon PR at the Chilly Half-Marathon in Burlington, Ontario (1:53) and ran his fastest marathon ever at Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans (4:20).

“New Orleans has fantastic cuisine,” DeNeire says with a laugh. “I just love it! If you’re running and not enjoying the city you’re in, you’re missing out on the full Rock ‘n’ Roll experience.”

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