|Brannen and Marcy Schwam last March, Great Glen NH|
(Oct 2020) Dan Brannen has never done things half-way. A one-time 2:31 marathoner, he moved up to the really-longer distances (like 48 hours, and 6 days). He also established a business measuring courses, and organizing events. In recent years, the 67-year-old from Morristown NJ has specialized primarily in adventure races where, in tandem with one or several teammates who must stick together at all times, he runs, bikes, hikes, skiis, and snowshoes through wilderness areas for 12 to 24 hours at a go. Along the way, he enjoys dealing with whatever issues come up. "Seriously, folks: There is a solution to every problem," he says. "It never just gets worse."
Career-profession: I am president of DJB Event Consultants, Inc. We are an event production company specializing in Operations & Logistics, concentrating primarily on footraces. But we have also been involved operationally with triathlons, cycling events, and non-athletic corporate events. I manage some aspects of course operations for the NYC Half-Marathon, Brooklyn Half-Marathon, and NYC Marathon. I am the Race Course Manager for the Broad Street Run and the Philadelphia Marathon. I am the Race Director of the Verizon Corporate Classic 5K in Morristown, NJ, the largest corporate team race in New Jersey. I also serve as the Director of Operations for the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park, NYC. And I am the Course Director for the Garden State Fondo cycling event, which was named by Gran Fondo Guide magazine as the #1 Gran Fondo event in the U.S. I am also an IAAF/AIMS Grade A course certifier. I serve as the official course measurer for the NYC, Philadelphia, and New Jersey Marathons.
b-ultra performances were: 1:10:07 for Half-Marathon 2:31:13 for Marathon (Boston ’79) My best trail race was finishing 6th at the Escarpment Trail 30K in the Catskills with 3:16 My best ultras were: Won the JFK 50 Mile (oldest and largest ultra in the country) in 1980 Won the Philadelphia to Atlantic City 100K in 1981 135 miles for 24 Hour Run 223 miles for 48 Hour Run (briefly held the American Record) 468 miles for 6-Day Run Also, together with my teammate Neil Weygandt, we ran the #2 all-time performance for the 2-man 24-Hour Relay (199.5 miles; alternating 1 mile at a time.
|With frequent race partner Brian Gatens.|