Hey, how’s it going?
My name is Benjamin Markus, and I’m a 26-year-old graduate of the University of Florida. I go by Ben, but many of my good friends call me Benny. I’m originally from Miami – once again my home as of August 2012 – and I spent four years in Schenectady, NY, going to school at Union College (go Dutchmen!).
About three years ago I decided that I’d had enough of being inactive and lazy, and I vowed, for the third or fourth time in my life, to start running. Only this time, I took off the watch, ignored distance and took it one day at a time – my goal was, and still is, to get outside and run, whether it be three feet or three miles.
Here I am, three years later, still running. And my running fever has only gotten hotter – part of the reason I wanted to create Run Gainesville.
Of course, I have other interests aside from running.
I would consider myself first and foremost a musician; I have played the guitar since I was 9. My favorite bands, if you’re curious, are Phish and The Grateful Dead, but I’m really not too much a hippie =)
I’m also a writer/journalist. Here’s a short profile piece I wrote for the Independent Florida Alligator while studying at UF.
I’m also a hardcore NFL and Miami Dolphins fan, and I also cheer for the Miami Heat and the
Florida Miami Marlins.
That’s about if for now…