On the Trail: JN Phillips Auto Glass President Seeks to
Run 50 5k's in Every State by Age of 55
December 10, 2009
|Rosenfield, right, met up with Glasspro president
Paul Heinauer (left) in Charleston for the Reindeer Run on December
Though JN Phillips Auto Glass president Bob Rosenfield has always
been active, six years ago, one of his daughters began running cross
country and issued him a challenge: to run a 5k with her before
her official school season began.
"I thought, why not?" recalls Rosenfield, who is based
Since that race six years ago, he's become an avid runner, and
now is seeking to achieve an unusual challenge: to run a 5k in every
state by the age of 55. He's already done ten of these, and has
two years left to meet his goal.
"I've done five of the New England Stages-Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York," he
In addition, just since last May, when he embarked on this challenge,
Rosenfield has run races in Charleston, S.C., Wilmington, N.C.,
Chicago and Santa Barbara, Calif.
Though Rosenfield enjoys running, he also has another goal in mind
with his recent adventure.
|Dave Johnson of Interstate Glass ran the Battleship
5k with Rosenfield on November 1 in Wilmington, N.C.
"I am running across the country for a purpose- developing
programs for math and science education of young people in the United
States," he says. In 2010, he hopes to launch a non-profit
organization focused on engaging elementary-age students in math
and science learning through sports related curriculum and mentorship.
He hopes to raise awareness for the group, the 3 point14 foundation
(which has a website at http://www.3point14.org),
through this effort.
On Rosenfield's most recent races, he was joined by some other
industry representatives; Glasspro president Paul Heinauer completed
the Charleston Reindeer Run with him on December 5, and Dave Johnson
of Interstate Glass ran the Battleship 5k with him on
To train, Rosenfield runs approximately every other day, for a
total of about 12 miles a week. He documents his races on a blog,
and also uses the site to correspond with other runners who might
offer race suggestions.
"If anyone wants to go to my blog and post a race idea, that
would be welcome," he says.
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