Alan’s 47 year career in running began at Poudre HS where he achieved a 13th place finish at the ‘76 Colorado State Cross Country meet and 6th in the mile at the State Track meet in the spring of ‘77. At Colorado State University he lettered all four years and ran his 1st marathon in 1978 and followed this with a 2:37 effort in 1980 and ran 2:26 in the next three years.
He was the 2X winner of the Denver Mayor’s Cup Marathon, running 2:25 at altitude. Alan finished 23 marathons, 9 of those in 2:27 or faster with a personal best of 2:20:58 at Boston ’88.
In 2003, Alan founded and co-race directed with Maureen Roben the Platte River Half Marathon. Today the Platte River Half Marathon is the longest running half marathon in the Denver area. In 2007, Alan and Maureen Roben also founded the Park to Park 10 Miler which was very popular. This Labor Day race through Denver ended in 2013.
From 2004-07 Alan coached cross country at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver where he was twice awarded the Denver Public Schools Cross Country Coach of the Year. He started the DPS Middle School Cross Country Championship meet, and from 2009 to present he has been an assistant coach at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch where he helped create the Rock Canyon Invitational which has transitioned to the Douglas County Middle School Championship meet which is held annually during the Invitational.