Mark is a Family Physician at Harpers Ferry Family Medicine and Associate Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine.
As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, he is coach and captain of their marathon team and designing programs to reduce
running injuries in military personnel. His passion for health extends beyond the walls of the clinic into the medical home’s “backyard”-
the trails and open space that create the arena for optimum wellness.
Mark has been a competitive runner for nearly 30 years, completing over 60 marathons and ultras, and continues to compete as a National
level Masters (age 40 plus) runner. His marathon best is 2:24 and has run under 2:35 for a marathon 22 of the last 24 years including
a 2:34 in the 2010 Boston Marathon at age 43. His only misses were his medical intern year and 2009 when he ran 2:37.
The 5 race event Freedom’s Run fulfills Mark’s vision of integrating natural and community assets to promote health and preserve the
land for future generations. Mark is the lead in for a community initiative called “Wild and Wonderful Trails for Every Child” which
aims to halt the epidemic of childhood obesity. He is the father of two young children who love to explore and play in the outdoors.
For his efforts in these areas, he has been awarded the US Air Force Athlete of the Year in 1997, the Family Physician Teacher of
the Year for the State of Colorado in 2000, the Harpers Ferry National Park Volunteer of the Month, the West Virginia University Deans
Award for Community Service, and was a finalist for both the prestigious Hartzog Award for National Park Volunteerism and for the
State of West Virginia Governor’s Award for Community Service.
He has applied his passion for helping people run healthy for life to studies involving the ChiRunning technique. In his daily practice,
Mark encourages walkers and runners at all levels of ability to discover the trails and country roads he explores his daily local
runs. He teaches classes both in the clinic and the community on “Exercise is Medicine” and healthier and pain free running.
Mark is thrilled to host Freedom’s Run and assist runners to set a goal, improve their health, and have fun. Mark also recently opened
Two Rivers Treads- A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown WV (pop 3000). The citizens of this small
community are now learning the benefits of barefoot and flat footwear. tworiverstreads.com