Matthew Byrne

Age: 34, Years running: 21, Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Favorite product: Fireblade

What are some of your lifetime running goals?

To keep evolving as a runner, trying new distances and race types. And someday to be that old-timer still cranking the miles.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Thwarted a running store burglary in downtown Philadelphia. The chase involved a city bus, a cab, and some barefoot running.

Do you have any vices?

I like to have a cold beer no and then

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

As a runner, I love to compete, and I enjoy unearthing my running potential. In the real world, anything that makes me laugh.

What drives you to run?

To feel fit and ready myself for a race.

What is your favorite movie?

My Cousin Vinny

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Burnzie. easy enough.

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

80 hours. Competed in a waterslide marathon. No, I didn't win - 4th.

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

Pennsylvania. I've become a product of my surroundings. And PA does have it all.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Roast beef sandwich

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

Mostly scrammbled words that only I can understand with some snapshots of my desires.

What really scares you about trail running?

nothing, except that maybe the trail will become a parking lot someday.

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

'Running Home'

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

Minooka, PA

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

stayed out there a bit too long, and lost the light to see. stumbled home through the weeds.