Chuck Engle, Chuck Engle, Chuck Engle. Blah, blah, blah. Every Monday I look forward to seeing the marathon results from all over the U.S. It is exciting to see how friends you have met in other places do in their races. It is also fun to read stories about people who run for a cause. Then there is Chuck Engle.
Quite obviously a "poor man's elite runner", Engle strives to win all the little local marathons he can. In no other terms, Engle is a road whore. All the while, he claims he just wants people to "not give up" on themselves. Well that is warm and fuzzy in my belly Mr. Engle. On a serious note though, you must be kidding.
Now I don't know what life Mr. Engle has. Heck, I don't really care. Sounds like he has some sponsors who shell out some cash to send him all over creation. I do know that I would be more impressed if you chose to represent one of the many charities out there. You could then use your story to hide your ego problem and actually inspire people. I would certainly have more respect of you as a runner if you ran a bigger race such as Disney, Rock n Roll AZ, Houston, Miami Tropic, Mercedes, Austin, Little Rock, L.A., or even Shamrock. Of course, your little ego might take a hit when the "elite" runners show up and steal the thunder.
For those of you saying to yourself, this guy runs some pretty good times, you are right. Engle does run good times, but as a former three time All-American, he could probably make the trials in the marathon. If my math serves me right, Engle has run 12 marathons that feature a whopping average of 221 runners. The average finisher behind him runs a time of 2:55:30. Good for you Chuck! Beating people clearly inferior to your ability. Next up for Engle is the famed Whidbey Island Marathon. According to last years results, there were 220 finishers and the next person behind Engle ran 3:03+. Just have to hope that that one good local runner doesn't show up, otherwise you'll have to hope for the humble pie at the post race party.
The best part of this whole story was in mentioning Engle's name to a friend with ties to Mississippi. He laughed and claimed that this kind of "big fish in a small pond" thing has been going on for years with him. My only hope in this is that Engle will read this post and take a step back. I am sure he will read this because the site kisses his butt like no other. Run with the big dogs Chuck, you might surprise yourself!
Sincerely, Jeff JUST a 2:37+ PR marathoner
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