– About Me

I am Chris Griffes.  I have lived in the Seattle area since 1979, and have lived in Bothell, WA since 1993.  I am married to the lovely Laurie, and we have two beautiful daughters, Ellen and Katie.   I am an architect and work for ZGF Architects after working at KMD Architects for 16 years.  Before I moved to Seattle, I went to architecture school at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

I was never really a serious runner growing up. I never really ran in college, and then after college, I would occasionally run to “get some exercise” and once in a while I would enter a 5K or 10K race, but never really got hooked.  I didn’t hate it, but at that point I didn’t love it either.

I ran my first marathon in 2000 when I was 45 years old.  At first I just wanted to do something to get into shape and at the same time do something different.   After the first one, I thought it was a pretty cool thing to do, and I also noticed how running long distances and doing a regular running routine also helped my state of mind.  So I decided to run another one, and then another one.  After a while, I realized that this marathon thing was not only good for keeping me in good physical shape, but  it was looking like it was an important part of my mental and emotional wellbeing.

After I had run 5 marathons, I overheard some old guys talking in the Coeur d’Alene Marathon about how you need to finish ten marathons before you can join the 50 State Marathon Club.   Well that seemed like just the thing I needed to shoot for, giving me a long-term goal and giving me and my wife Laurie an opportunity to see parts of the country we had never seen. So this blog is an attempt to organize and remember the stories associated with each marathon, and an effort to share these stories with my peeps.

this is me…

8 Responses to “– About Me”

  1. Basel Jurdy Says:

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and; of course, looking forward to reading the rest.

    best wishes on your endeavor.


  2. Barbara Kuhne Says:

    Cheers to you, Chris! Thank you for sharing your
    fantastic journey. It’s all so interesting, and of course, you
    are getting physically younger with each race, so you will
    need to periodically revise your age.

    Much success to you (and the supportive family)!

    Barbara Kuhne

  3. Roger Roen Says:

    I didn’t know you had it in you. More power to you. Best of luck.

  4. jayne crawford Says:

    I saw you in the Beta magazine and remember you from the Auburn fraternity house on College Street (a lifetime ago). Congratulations on your quest.

  5. peggy buckwalter Says:

    Chris and I were in the…was it 4th?…grade together. I’m looking forward to re-meeting you and to meeting Laurie, maybe getting a little inspiration to get off my bum.

    When are you going to cross South Dakota off?

  6. vern enns Says:

    Good work getting to the 1/2 way point!! What will you do after all 50 states are finished?

  7. Todd Bronk Says:

    I love reading your adventures, keep on posting them and running! Todd

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