Marcus grew up playing basketball, but in 2006 a friend suggested he should train for a triathlon. He bought a bike and completed his first sprint tri that spring at the age of 29. Over the next few years, he continued to increase his mileage, and in 2011, he finished his first Ironman triathlon in The Woodlands. However, during this time, Marcus’ family was growing. He wanted to spend less time training and decided to focus solely on running. Today he is the father of 4 young boys and says that faith and family come first. He came to Memorial Park for the first time in 2007 and has continued to run at the Park as often as his schedule allows. Now an ambassador for the Houston Marathon, Marcus enjoys being immersed in the running community. He says he prefers to train with friends because they always motivate him to work harder. However, he fits his workouts around his family. Despite his busy life, Marcus has still been able race well. His most recent goal has been to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Entering the 2017 season, he felt like he was in the best shape of his life. However, he was devastated when he crossed the finish line of this year’s Woodlands Marathon in 3 hours, 7 minutes, but still did not qualify because the race was short. Marcus says that when he told his wife what happened, she suggested he should just enter another race. While he appreciated the support, racing another marathon so close together seemed like too much. In the end, Marcus says he decided he had to move on and try again next year. With 4 little boys, all waiting for daddy, Marcus doesn’t have time to feel sorry for himself!