We have some pretty cool people who run with us and love the sport. They keep us in business and are the core of our running community. So in honor and celebration of them, we’d like to introduce our runners to you, starting with Benny.

Benny has been running with Sound Runner since the Branford store opened in 2001. A firm advocate of cookie Wednesdays, he’s one of the best human resources we have for beginners and old hats trying new races alike. We sat down with him (cornered him promising muffins for his cooperation) before our group run with Altra to find out a little bit about his relationship with running.

SR: When did you start running?

Benny: 15 years old

SR: Why do you keep doing it?

Benny: Love to run.

SR: At what point did you wake up and say to yourself, “I don’t just run, I am a runner”?

Benny: I’ve never examined this… It’s just part of my whole life.

What do you think makes a runner?

Benny: Desire, a fun attitude, willingness to explore, socially outgoing, not dead.

SR: What advice would you give to someone just getting started?

Benny: Keep at it. Find a friend. Remember it’s like life, good days and bad days, and you’ll at some point have an awesome experience.


SR: What is your most memorable race outfit?

Benny: Nylon and cotton from the seventies


SR: What about your most memorable race?

Benny: Yankee Homecoming Newport Mass, got off of work, drove to the race, ran 60 min flat for ten miles.


SR: What was your favorite running experience to date?

Benny: JFK 50 miler. Epic. 

Keep an eye out as we introduce more of our runners. Want to meet Benny and run with the legend himself? Come to our group runs at our Old Saybrook store, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., 238 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT.