A self-described adult-onset athlete, Curt Whitacre began cycling in his late 20s and ran his first road race (the Little Kings Mile) at the age of 33. He soon transitioned to longer distance races and has completed six full marathons since 2014. Regardless of the miles that he has already logged, Curt still considers himself a fledgling endurance athlete and he looks forward to improving his performance with the guidance and support of the team at Beyond Exercise. In addition to his love for biking and running, Curt is also an avid hiker and National Park enthusiast.
When he’s not crisscrossing the globe as a gentleman adventurer, Curt serves as director of marketing and communications at UC’s internationally acclaimed College-Conservatory of Music. He graduated with honors from Xavier University in 2002 and then pursued graduate degrees from the University of Cincinnati, receiving an MA in Professional Writing and Editing in 2006 and an MSBA in Marketing in 2008. Curt's writing has appeared within the pages of the Cincinnati Enquirer/CinWeekly, UC Magazine, McMicken Magazine, PAUSE Magazine, Milk Money Magazine and other local publications.
What's your favorite pre-race meal? My night-before race ritual is always Dewey’s Pizza (Bazbeaux Pizza is an excellent alternative for races in Indianapolis). On the morning of a race, I’ll stick to coffee and a bowl of cereal. Post-race, I'll settle for a cold beer.
What's your favorite non-running or triathlon activity? When not running or cycling, I’m probably enjoying a concert or adding to my ridiculously large collection of vinyl records.
What's your preferred recovery activity? Ault Park, Mt. Airy Forest, Sharon Woods and the Cincinnati Nature Center are the perfect settings for an active recovery walk or hike.
What motivated you to get involved in your sport and what keeps you motivated to keep participating? I was a workaholic for the first 30-odd years of my life, so I paid very little attention to my mental or physical well being. The sudden death of a family member caused me to reevaluate my priorities, though, and I decided to put a greater emphasis on family, friends and personal fulfillment. For me, running and cycling are pathways to self-optimization. Life is short and unpredictable, so I always want to strive to be the best possible version of me.
1 Mile: 6:35