For the third feature in our ongoing series “Meet a Front Runner”, we’d like to introduce you to one of our newest members, Vincent Knecht. Vincent, and no, don’t call him Vinny, has made some spectacular progress as a member of Front Runners. Vincent’s progress illustrates that almost anything is possible through hard-work, meticulous planning, and steady commitment! Come meet Vincent at one of our runs or social events before he bitter-sweetly leaves at the end of the summer for pharmacy school at the University of Pittsburgh.
So Vincent, when did you start running?
“I was originally a long-distance swimmer in high school but did very little physical activity in college, so running was never on my radar. After graduating college all of my close friends started to run races together as an excuse to be physically active, travel to see each other, and to complete. On New Year’s Eve 2016 we all went out for a group run together and they then convinced me to sign up for the 2017 Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Needless to say, running was my new year’s resolution in 2017 and I haven’t stopped since.”
What is your proudest running accomplishment?
“My proudest running accomplishment to date is completing the 2017 Philadelphia Marathon. I never thought that I would get to or want to do this distance after less than a year of running. I was very thankful for a large group of friends who traveled to see me race and cheered me on at multiple points throughout the course. Despite the chilling weather and feeling like my body was falling apart, I had a fantastic and memorable first marathon!”
What does being a Front Runner mean to you?
“Being a Front Runner means I will always have a group to run with in the LGBT community. The group’s dynamic is so encouraging that it provides an excellent environment to push me to my running goals while also providing a fun atmosphere through its social camaraderie. Making new friends, cheering at races, hosting social events, and ultimately running together is everything the Front Runners are about, and I am so glad to be a part of it.”
What is something you can’t live without?
“I love coffee! I have been drinking it every day since the age of 12 so I cannot live without it. It is the only thing that can get me moving and motivated enough in the morning to do my early morning workouts during the summer.”
5k – 18:34 (Philly Pride Run 2018)
10k – 41:25 (Philly Donor Dash 2018)
Half Marathon – 1:29:09 (Philly Love Run 2018)
Full Marathon – 3:27:05 (Pittsburgh Marathon 2018)