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  • Writer's pictureMichael Nielsen

2023 Boston marathon report with Kirk Waldron (#52)

Today I was able to chat with one of finishers of this years Boston Marathon: Kirk Waldron

This conversation is broken into section sections, in the first half we talk about Kirk’s backstory as a runner, how he got started and what his plans were for this years Boston Marathon. In the second half I was able to catch back up with Kirk and talk about how this year's race went.

Kirk is a Los Angeles native, born and bred. He is a first generation American, a product of a Canadian dad and a Mexican mom. Kirk graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration and subsequently obtained his Certified (Chartered) Public Accountant license.

Kirk has held numerous executive positions in various companies throughout his 35-year professional career. Currently, Kirk serves as a Board Member and/or Financial Advisor/Management Consultant to several privately owned and private equity backed companies, focusing on providing strategy, corporate improvement and interim management services.

Kirk entered the endurance world as a 40-year-old who was concerned about “getting out of shape”. Although a modest athlete growing up, Kirk had never run, biked or swam to any substantive degree until three weeks into his new training regimen at the age of 40, he set a goal of running a marathon. Kirk’s first marathon was 4 ½ months later and although he completed the 26.2 miles, it was not a pleasant experience due mainly to his lack of knowledge and experience. Kirk’s next goal was to race another marathon and learn more about the sport. It turned into a lifestyle.

Kirk has since participated in 18 marathons, 6 full ironmans, 15 half-ironmans and countless smaller distance running races and triathlons. He has raced in ten of the United States, in Canada, Cuba, Thailand and Germany. He is a 5-time qualifier of the Boston Marathon- and as you will see in this interview raced his 5th time this year.

He resides in Westlake Village, California with his incredibly supportive wife of 34 years and collectively, they have raised three successful daughters.

Episode Highlights:

  • Kirk talks about his previous Boston Marathon experiences. He describes the Boston Marathon as a “glorious race”

  • Kirk reviews how he adjusted his training in preparation for this years event

  • We talk about the challenges Kirk faced in this years Boston Marathon

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