hal koerner is quite possibly my favorite ultra runner. not really sure why, other than the guy has major talent. i love that in this video he says his dad played a role in getting him into running.
for me, one of my best friends, michael chitwood got me into running. he began running i believe because of some other friends of his, and eventually our staff at youth for christ decided all to run a 1/2 marathon as a fundraiser. i was 280 pounds at the time, and began my training by walking 1/2 mile every day. my longest training run for that race was a little over 3 miles. i finished in just under 3 hours, and ended up visiting the medical tent with heat exhaustion. an iv was placed in my arm. it was fun. not.
but i didn't stop there. now, having lost 80 pounds, and having run 5 ultras and 4 marathons, i'm hooked. i'm a runner for life.