BU student to run in Philadelphia Marathon; follows in dad’s footsteps

Date: October 19, 2006 

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania student Eric Hammesfahr doesn’t run from challenges. That’s why Hammesfahr, a native of Pittstown, N.J., and a senior political science major, is training to run in the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 19.

“I like to do things that challenge me. Life is all about challenges and keeping yourself motivated,” said Hammesfahr. 

Although he was a runner throughout his time at North Hunterdon High School, Hammesfahr lost interest in running after an injury. “I found I lost that runner’s drive. But while I was in Washington, D.C., at an internship over the summer, I’d go running when I wasn’t in the office,” he said.

Last year, he competed in the half marathon in Allentown, finishing in one hour and 27 minutes. He discussed the idea of running in the Philadelphia Marathon with his father shortly after he completed the Allentown event. 

“My dad ran in a marathon and he said that you haven’t done anything until you’ve run a marathon,” said Hammesfahr. “He said it’s something you have to do at some point. 

“Dad was able to tell me what I needed to do to prepare. I’m mentally ready for the marathon, I feel 100 percent,” Hammesfahr said.

In training for nearly three months, Hammesfahr runs as much as one hour and 45 minutes six days a week; he will double that time within the coming weeks. Before the marathon, he will drop back down to one hour of running daily before increasing to three and one half hours.

“It’s all about pacing and conditioning. I ran the 800 in high school, but this is totally different. I feel comfortable with this,” Hammesfahr said. 

When he is not training for the marathon, Hammesfahr spends his time tutoring. He is also involved in the Legal Studies Association, Political Science Student Association and is president of his pledging class of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity.

Hammesfahr plans to attend law school after graduating from BU with hopes of becoming a corporate lawyer.   

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.