This month’s employee spotlight is one of our youngest employees, Mercer Alden. Mercer works in the =PR= Springfield store and is a full-time student and athlete for his high school. When he’s not at school, at practice, racing for his team, or working at =PR=, he is thinking of all things running! In fact, in his spare time he writes track spike reviews for Believe In The Run. He’s your go-to guy for all things track and field and cross country. Looking for suggestions on the best spike for your next meet? Or want to hear about his favorite track workout? Stop by Potomac River Running and just ask for Mercer! Learn more about Mercer in this month’s employee spotlight.
Q U I C K Q U E S T I O N S
Runner Full Name: Mercer Alden
Age Category: 15-19
Favorite PR Race: My favorite =PR= Races is the Holiday Half, and I am looking forward to the Perfect 10.
First Race: My first ever race was a one miler in Hawaii when I was in 2nd grade.
Favorite Race Memory: At an indoor track meet my teammate and I were doing the 3200 meters and we battled from about 800 meters all the way to the finish line. It ended in a 400 meter sprint to the finish line where the both of us just collapsed at the end.
How did you get started running? I’ve been an active kid my entire life and played every sport under the sun. In 3rd grade I joined my school’s running club and in 4th grade I joined track and field and have stuck with it ever since!
Favorite Running Event/Distance? I love anything XC but the track 2 mile is growing on me.
What is your favorite part about running and or racing? I love how nice the running community is, whether it’s a first time runner/walker or a seasoned veteran we all want each other to do well.
Who is your biggest cheerleader/supporter? My team is definitely my greatest supporter.
What is your Spirit Animal? Why? Probably something like a meerkat, I like to just stand back and watch things play out.
What is your life’s motto? Words to live by? I really like all of Tom Schwartz’s quotes but my favorite has to be “keep the ball rolling.”
3 Fun Facts About Yourself
1. I have two younger brothers and we all do different sports.
2. I have a killer watch tan.
3. I have a running shoe addiction.
Favorite places to run or train: Lake Accotink and the Cross County Connector Trail
Top 3 things to have for a race or run: (Must Have Items)
Your last run/walk was: I run everyday so I guess today. 🙂
Your last race was: A high school track meet, we have a race usually every week!
If I wasn’t running I’d be… Researching shoes, athletes, and thinking about running.
My favorite post run/ race meal is… Who doesn’t love a burger and a milkshake???
What advice do you have for a new runner? The only thing certain about this sport is uncertainty. If something isn’t going all according to plan in training or a race, don’t dwell on it – just keep pushing through.
Tell us a little more about yourself… I do track spike reviews for Believe In The Run. So if anyone ever needs advice on track spike you can either check the website or contact me directly.