This month’s customer spotlight is Robert Droter from Select Physical Therapy. You may be thinking, why does Rob look so familiar? Well if you have ever participated in a =PR= Race then that’s why! Rob and his team of Physical Therapists from Select PT can be found at the start and post race celebrations of most =PR= Races. Rob and his team are often leading the pre-race warm-ups to get you race ready minutes before go time and later found helping runners and walkers with post race stretching. =PR= Races is proud to have Select Physical Therapy as one our race sponsors. Read on to learn more about Rob and his involvement with running, =PR= Races, and his work with Select PT.
Q U I C K Q U E S T I O N S
Runner Full Name: Rob Droter
Age Category: 45 to 49
Favorite PR Race: Reston 10 Miler
Favorite Race of All Time: Marine Corps Marathon
Best Race Memory: Finishing my second Marine Corps Marathon and being able to walk after it! Final mile was my fastest mile.
How did you get started running or walking? I was a soccer player in college and always enjoyed running. I turned to running as a convenient way to exercise and fell in love with it. It is always nice to be able to throw on a pair of shoes wherever you are and go for a run.
Favorite Running Event/Distance? I enjoy the 10 mile distance and the 10 mile races in our area, starting the year off with the Reston 10 miler. I feel like you have to be in shape to complete a 10 mile race and you need to prepare. Those races provide a great fitness goal and that’s what I like to strive for.
What is/was your favorite part about running/racing?
Running: I like getting away from things and find running challenging, yet peaceful. I really feel good physically when I am running consistently.
Racing: I like racing to push myself and set goals. I enjoy being out there with everyone and love the events and camaraderie. My son really likes the medals!
Who is your biggest cheerleader/supporter? My wife and son. They like to come out and participate as well. It is something we will look to do more of as a family in the future.
What is your Spirit Animal? Why? HOKIES! They in fact are real! VT Grad.
What is your life’s motto? Words to live by? “No such word as can’t, let’s do this!”
Best Advice You Can Give to Others: With running, take your time and enjoy it! If you enjoy it and have great experiences, it will become a habit. Change it up, tempo, hills, distance and terrain to keep it interesting and challenge your muscles. Do some cross training!
Describe Your Involvement with =PR= Races and Your Work with Select PT:
At Select Physical Therapy, I am a Market Manager overseeing clinics in Fairfax and Loudoun County. I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy, board certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, and certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling with over 17 years of experience. I currently see patients at our Burke Centre, VA office. Select Physical Therapy is a title sponsor for PRR. We have had a great relationship with PRR over the years. We can be seen at races providing injury screens and post-race massage/stretching. We also help with the pre-race warm ups before the start of each race. Our therapists and staff are happy to volunteer their time and energies to helping runners prepare and recover from their runs and races. We enjoy meeting the runners and helping them achieve their goals.
T H I S O R T H A T
Distance – Long or Short
Post Race Snack – Banana or Bagel
Running Company – Alone or Together
Time of Day – Rise and Grind (Morning) or Night Time is the Right Time (Evening)
Location – Road Runner or Trail Crusher
Top 3 Products You Would Recommend to a Runner or Walker:
1) Stretch out Strap
3) Rock Tape
Top 3 Fun Facts, Tell Us Something About Yourself!
1) Local sports fan, go CAPS and NATS!
2) Hokie 4 Life!
3) Close, but no traffic tickets since 1996!
Favorite place to run or walk:
1) I like to explore the neighborhood and go for time.
2) Great local trails!
3) In the shade!
Physical Therapy is . . . my passion! (very rewarding career)
Running is . . . something I always look forward to! Refreshing and rejuvenating.
My last run . . . was a familiar PRR loop around Fairfax Corner!
My favorite thing about running . . . is the work and the grind!
If I wasn’t running I’d be . . . spending time with the family.
My favorite part about working in the Physical Therapy Field is . . . Helping others feel better and achieve their goals.