Over the coming days we will preview the 42nd TD Bank Reedy River Run. Today we have six questions for Greenville's Eddie Garcia, who will compete in his first TD Bank Reedy River Run. Eddie moved to Greenville about one year ago to join the ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE post collegiate, Olympic-development program. He recently ran 2:18:50 at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January, which was under the 2:19:00 Olympic marathon qualifying standard at that time. The IAAF has since changed the qualifying time.
How many years have you been running and why did you start?
I have been running for 13 years now with my start in middle school. I initially got into the sport of running to stay in shape for football in the fall. I soon found out that I was better at running and that I enjoyed the sport more than football. I continued to play football in the fall and run track in the spring during middle school and finally decided to run cross country over football upon entering high school.
What is your favorite running experience?
My favorite running experience is racing and traveling. I really enjoy competing and seeing new places and meeting new people. Running has allowed me to travel to Europe and Central America with my dad which is special for me.
Where is your favorite venue to run locally?
I enjoy running on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and I like the way it runs through Greenville, Furman, and Travelers Rest. It is a scenic route and is great for long runs or tempos.
Have you run TD Bank Reedy River Run previously?
This will be my first time competing at the TD Bank Reedy River Run.
What is your favorite part of the course?
Although I have not run this course yet from start to finish, I would say running through Cleveland park because of the scenery including the Reedy River.
Why are your running the TD Bank Reedy River Run?
I am competing at the TD Bank Reedy River Run to see how I stack up among a quality field and to get in a great effort as I progress into future races.it.