Fleet Feet: You have complementary strengths then.
Kevin: We were very complementary. It worked out really interestingly. She had a grandchild that was born at the same I had taken my kid to an environmental project thing. So we’re just running and it’s like, “Oh I heard...” and, “Oh I heard…” We were both very impressed. Within a week there was a campout. She told me—somehow she raised the enthusiasm—that the SoCal Hash House Harriers were finding management for the next year’s running club. She goes, “You should just run to be manager of the club.” I’d only been part of this club for a couple months. Yeah, sure.
Fleet Feet: How did that change things for you two?
Kevin: I enjoyed the management. I became a social runner. I would have been the stuck-up kid in the corner type person. We haven’t been apart since that campout. From that day on, we’ve been together. We’ve had a lot of years and a lot of races.
Cathy: We’ve run pretty close together. Our paces have stayed reasonably close.
Fleet Feet: What is it like to run together as a couple?
Kevin: I want to tell the story of being with another oldest child. With the Hash House Harriers we used to plan trails. A “hare” designs the trail for a weekly run and then lays the trail live while trying to outrun the pack. So we’d have to spend a week or two before the date, go out in the backwoods, and try to find a trail that is interesting and has ways to confuse and enthuse. When you take Cathy and me and try to plan a trail, every single time she has her vision, and I have my vision. It’s really tough, but we enjoy it. And we’d enjoy it another hundred times.
Cathy: It ends nicely. The process is maybe a little challenging.
Kevin: Over eight years, Cathy and I must have hared more than 60 trails together without driving each other too crazy. We take a lot of pride in making trails that have some new feature or location and are challenging to the fastest runners while also designed to keep the pack together so that everyone finishes around the same time.
Fleet Feet: How did you come to join the Fleet Feet Burbank community?
Kevin: We moved to LA in 2011. We live near Griffith Park, and when we were looking at houses, we saw all the runners in the park and knew this was going to be our home. Cathy had found a Saturday morning running group, which had a great family of runners at the time. One year, someone heard there was a relay race from Fleet Feet to Golden Road Brewery. We met Colin (the owner of Fleet Feet Burbank) and others. Throw in that Fleet Feet was doing Pub Runs, and we have been part of the Fleet Feet family ever since.