Just Craig


 

Age: 58

Born In: Fort Hood, Texas.  Raised in Beaumont, Texas

Lives Now: Broken Arrow, OK since 1978

Where I work: Retired from IBM (“And I still have a fun part-time  job working with really cool people and "wiz-bang" technology”)

Hobbies (for now):  Semi-Professional Photographer, Custom Woodworking/Furniture Design, Outdoor Adventure and Action  Junky,  Run/Bike/Swim, Precision Marksmanship

Stuff I’m Proud Of: 

  • Through the grace of God, My Family, and My Friends, I am a cancer survivor
  • My wife and three wonderful children - Lorraine, Linzey, Lauren, and Collin
  •  I’ve completed twenty marathons including two Boston Marathons and a 50 mile Ultra-Marathon.
  •  I am a licensed single-engine private pilot and even once sky dived to see what it feels like to jump out of a perfectly working airplane
  • Eleven months after my successful prostate cancer surgery, I was able to finish a Full Ironman distance triathlon (140.6 miles) in 14 hr 34 minutes. My family was there at the finish line to celebrate with me.

What I do: Besides being a dad and a husband with an amazing family, I’m  a  retired Information Technology Consultant and able to pursue my dreams and adventures with my lovely wife, Lorraine.  I strive to continue to create new learning opportunities and new experiences  for myself and seek opportunities to help in my community. 

What excites me: I love being outdoors under a wide open sky with the wind and sun in my face. I have a long list of hobbies that I love intensely.  Being a triathlete  seems to always keep me engaged in various stages of training whether its swimming, biking, or running.  I also make time for photography, woodworking, adventure backpacking, and a few other activities when time is available.   You know, the usual stuff.

Little Known Fact: I’m a certified Open-Water Scuba Diver.

Random Tidbit #1: I am  associated with a special group of guys (6) who have hiked together over 500 miles in the Grand Canyon. On two occasions, we assisted in the helicopter rescue of  hikers who were in distress and needed medical attention.

Random Tidbit #2:  The last ten years of running and biking have been interesting with regard to wear and tear on my body as I've broken or fractured my left leg, my right collar bone, and two ribs in various accidents and crashes. In one of those crashes, I ruined a perfectly good $2,000 bicycle too and had my first rescue by the fire department EMTs.