Husband, Father, and Athlete
Hometown: Gimhae, Korea
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 170 pounds
Resting Pulse: 43
Lung Capacity: 65.9 VO2, recorded 2014
Business: Owner and Operator of Massage by Bruce
Signature Line: Train hard, run harder, but do it with a smile and have fun!
Although he is originally from Korea, Bruce considers Chicago one of his homes. At the age of 11, he moved to the United States where he attended school and started his training. This is why the Chicago marathon was his very first marathon and has run it every year since 1998. Bruce speaks fluent Korean and travels back to Korea often in order to maintain his roots and familial ties.
Once a chubby teen, he has worked hard to build his running résumé. Bruce started running in at the age of 21 and quickly decided to run a marathon with no long distance training and finished in 4 hours and 5 minutes. From then on he trained longer and harder and worked up to 314 miles. An average week consists of 50-100 miles of running accompanied by stair master/cardio exercises, weight training, and a lot of eating! Training takes a large amount of time and requires dedication and consistency. Many times runs and work outs include the family and are broken up throughout the day and he even logs miles during breaks at work. Bruce enjoys running with family and friends as it helps the miles fly by. He is affiliated with multiple running groups and tries to join them for long runs, track work outs, and local races. When running alone, Bruce will often listen to a variety music but is also a fan of running with no distractions and just focusing on the run.
He continuously sets goals; whether it is for distance or speed he strives to obtain or beat those goals. Sometimes those goals come with obstacles; it's how he deals with those situations that make him a stronger runner. Bruce is a true competitor, both with others and himself. Racing for distance and speed is a difficult sport and there are times when physical or mental pain can take over your run. It's during these times that Bruce has to dig deep and focuses on why he doing the run and where he is trying to finish. He also strives to be a leader, not a leader that dictates but rather a leader that is influential and inspires others to step out of their comfort zone and aspire to reach further.
Bruce has completed over 100 marathons and over 40 ultra-races. Some of his accomplishments include three time winner at Ancient Oaks 100,, Ft. Clinch 100 miler in Florida, Umstead 100 miler with a finishing time of 17:12 in North Carolina, Boston Marathon with a 3 hour finish, North Coast 24 hour completing a 100 miles in the snow and wind, Keys 100 with a sub 20 hour finish in extreme temperatures, Western States Endurance run with a finish in temperatures reaching over 105 degrees and Vol State 314 mile Road race in an impressive 4 days and A half days. Bruce's fastest 100 miles was completed at Iron Horse 100 in 16:43. His PR for marathons was set at the Jacksonville Marathon and was 2:55. Bruce has completed the Chicago marathon 17 years in a row and the Boston marathon 12 times. He has completed the Spartathlon in Greece as the solo Korean runner with a finish time of 33:53 in 2015, 34:26 in 2016, 33:21 in 2017 and 31:20 in 2018.