Pat Casterline

Age: 23, Years running: 7, Hometown: Scranton, Pennsylvania, Favorite product: VERTICAL K


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

I'm finding myself at the point in my running where I'm only beginning to discover my potential. As to not limit myself, I'm keeping my goals vague and on a shorter term. Ultimately, I'd like to keep developing and improving as a runner.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I used to be the youngest person on earth.

Do you have any vices?

Even worse, I've got demons. To paraphrase John L. Parker, when I run I can, by God let my demons loose. I like to think that I've learned to effectively bottle my pride and wrath, only to crack it open when the gun goes off.

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

Running has assured me that I have no limitations (partially to my own demise). In other words, I live with the intensity I possess in running. I'm always up for any and every task, challenge, and new adventure.

What drives you to run?

A desire to have an infinite experience in a finite setting. Running has proved to me the existence of the inherent connection between body and soul, the physical and non-physical. In this sense running provides me with the assurance that I have no limitations, because I continue to annihilate my own personal and external limitations through running.

What is your favorite movie?

Into The Wild

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Chops. Before entering my freshman year of college, I was anxiously awaiting my facial hair to fully come in. I did everything short of rubbing Rogaine on my face to speed up the process. Nevertheless, I was able to grow some big ol' sideburns, or "Chops" as they'd be called by my dorm-mates. I'm still Chops to many of my college friends, no matter the status of my sideburns.

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

I'd have to guess around 40 hours. Sophomore year of college I was taking Organic Chemistry, Calculus, and Human Physiology, along with some other classes. Finals week was a nightmare. I still wake up in the middle of the night wondering if I successfully utilized the Grignard reagent to synthesize triphenylmethanol.

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

New Jersey because I love pork roll, I'm underrated, I don't pump my own gas, I have more race horses than Kentucky, I have the most diners in the world, and I'm a peninsula. Well actually, only 2 of these things are true of me, but I still love my home state.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

A pork burrito and a Sam Adams Summer Ale.

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

I'm sure there'd be some music playing, something subtle yet significant.

What really scares you about trail running?

In my first trail race, I sprained an ankle so bad I couldn't run for over a month. I still cringe thinking about it. Luckily, I haven't sprained an ankle on the trail since then, partially thanks to La Sportiva.

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

A Rebel Who Forgot His Cause

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

Living at the Jersey Shore and working as a lifeguard in the summers, I've always thought I'd live close to the beach. But lately, I've realized I need the mountains, the bigger the better. That's all I've got so far, I guess that still leaves too many possibilities.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

On my first solo backpacking trip, I had my first up-close and personal encounter with a bear (or a Sasquatch) on the Appalachian Trail in PA. I woke up in the middle of the night to something rather large walking closer to my tent. I grabbed my key-chain light and started making noise with my trekking poles. I only saw the outline of the bear with my dim light, which means it could have been a Squatch. Anyway the bear-squatch left and I woke up the next morning.