I AM A MOON JOGGER: RICK ORTENBURGER

rick berlin marathon finish 2011Hello Moon Joggers! Let us introduce you to Rick Ortenburger

When did you first start walking/running? What motivated you to start walking/running?   I started running – the year was 1978. I started to gain a little weight, I said no way, I started to run, I NEVER stopped. I AM the original Forrest Gump!

 What do you love most about running/walking? How does it make you feel? It makes my day better, when I run I have more energy the rest of the day. Without the run I am lost!

Who in your life inspires you? Who do you want to dedicate this year of running to?  I now run for a Cause. The Huntsman Cancer Foundation. I run and fund raise to help find a cure for this disease.elfi and rick 42 kilomters 26 miles finished berlin mrathon 2

Describe one of your favorite running/walking experiences that you’ve had in your life.Running the Berlin marathon in 2012 with my wife Elfi.

 What is the longest distance you have ever walked/ran in one day? 26.2 miles. 7 different times

 What is your most embarrassing running/walking experience? Stepped on a twig while training in 2012, almost went flying, instead of finishing my run. I saw the twig before I stepped on it, I said I can avoid that. I did not!

ortenburger rick los angeles marathon march 2004What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else? Take one step at a time.  Never, EVER give up!

 What obstacles or challenges have you faced as you’ve tried to live a life of health and fitness? Back injury in 1980. I always feel it.

rick berlin brandenburg gate 1970_edited-1 What does this next year of running/walking mean to you? Why do you want to go to the moon? What will it mean to you when you have reached your goal? Another motivation to keep on running!

 Tell us a little bit more about you. Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do for a living? What makes you happy? Tell us anything that you want the team to know. I am Rick. I love my fitness workouts and my genealogy research. I am from Los Angeles, California. I am retired.

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