Mark Tanaka

Age: 47, Years running: I ran out of my , Hometown: Bay Area, Calfornia, Favorite product: BUSHIDO


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

Finish 100 100-mile races. Should happen before I turn 60 even if I have to tone things back a bit. Keep running into my 70s if I can help it. Not get the runs too many times.

Do you have a claim to fame?

It took me almost a decade to get into the Western States lottery. I finally get my change in 2015. I haven't DNF'd since I was pulled from my first 50 miler atop the Bay Area's Mount Diablo (and ended up in the hospital overnight), September 2003. 140-160 ultras depending on how your count, and 40+ 100 milers. I've DFL'd in two 100 milers.

Do you have any vices?

hee hee hee.....

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

(prefer this left out) oxygen, glucose and other nutrients.

What drives you to run?

My intense and stressful job taking care of too many patients in the emergency department, among other things.

What is your favorite movie?

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Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

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What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

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If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

I guess, "U-Tah-naka." ....but only if I really had to.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

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If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

(prefer this left out) all 3

What really scares you about trail running?

Having something happen to me so that I would no longer be able to continue trail running. For instance, being struck by lightning and rendered brain dead or close to it.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

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Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

I'm good, though I wouldn't mind a large mansion with heated floors and a large movie room, located in a top-tier school district with great access to trails and public transportation.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

So far, none of the meth-addicted homicidal psychiatric patients I have seen in the emergency department who got angry at me have taken up trail running-- yet.....