GWTC Board Profile - Tim Unger



Tim Unger

Position with GWTC

Traveling Racing Teams Coordinator

All Time Favorite Race

Navarre (RIP), Daytona 5k, Gasparilla 15k, River Run 15k, Azalea Trail 10k, Crescent City Classic 10k, Springtime 10k, Palace 5k, Rose City 10k, Gate to Gate 4.4, S.G.I Summer Sizzler 5k, Peachtree 10k, Critter Run 5k, Bushwacker 5k, Summer Beach Run 5-Miler, Turkey Trot, Reservation Run 5k (RIP) Won’t someone PLEASE bring back THE down hill slalom race!

Favorite Annual Event

12 hours of Sebring (sports car race)

Favorite Running Route or Trail

New Orleans

Personal Hero

Lilly, Justin, Tyler, Myrna & Lisa..Without the help, commitment, and sacrifices from my blended family I could not have reached such personal heights of running success...

Why I run

Health & Fitness, Team Competitions, Stress Relief. Travel.

Inspirational Quotation

"Seems like I’ve always been looking for some other place
To get it together
Where with a few of my friends I could give up the race
And maybe find something better
But all my fine dreams
Well thought out schemes
To gain the motherland
Have all eventually come down to waiting for Everyman
When you look over your shoulder
And you see the life that you’ve left behind
When you think it over, do you ever wonder
What it is that holds your life so close to mine"
Jackson Browne

Brief Running History

I started my competitive running in 1976 for Bayshore High School in Bradenton, FL with USA multi distance champion Betty Springs under the watchful eye of NC State MULTIPLE NCAA champion coach Rollie Geiger.  Our men’s team finished 7th, 3rd & 2nd in the Florida 3A State Cross Country Championships under Rollie’s guidance. I returned to running in 1993 and began to compete regularly at all distances. GWTC honored me in 1999 as the Male runner of the year. I hold a GWTC record 5 straight Men's Overall Grand Prix championships from 1999-2003. Thirteen years in a row of GWTC Grand Prix top five finishes put me in the position to be honored as the 2011 GWTC Hall of Fame nominee. Along with 15k National Age Group championships @ River run in 2007 & 2009 being in GWTC's Hall of Fame is the greatest award and or accomplishment I have ever received. Team racing is my favorite venue partially because of my love for sports car racing. I was honored to also be a part of the GWTC men’s team that won the USATF 15k National Men’s Team Championship at River Run in 2006. As GWTC’s racing team coordinator for many years I have contributed to building GWTC’s reputation as a competitive racing team by being awarded at open team events: Blue Angel Marathon, River Run, Azalea Trail, Fiesta, Summer Beach run,  and an incredible Fifteen years in a row at the Gate To Gate 4.4