Welcome. My name is Travis Tate. Anyone who knows me, even just casually, knows at least one thing about me…I love to run. One reason I feel that way is that running literally saved my life. When I was very young, I was plagued with chronic respiratory problems. Asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia…I had them all. My pediatrician put me on all sorts of powerful drugs meant to control my symptoms. One winter I ended up in the hospital and went into complete respiratory distress. The doctors told my parents they had done all they could for me. My life was now in God’s hands.
My parents prayed all night for me, and the next morning, I was remarkably improved. My parents had gotten their miracle. Shortly after that, I was allowed to go back home and my parents began looking for a new doctor…one that would try a different and hopefully more successful approach to my condition. My new doctor said he wanted to make me stronger and healthier through diet and lots of excercise. At 4 years old I began what would become a 14 year stint of playing soccer that culminated in a four year scholorship to college. In a strange twist of fate, I was so disappointed with the new team I was on, I ended up switching to the school track team my first year. We were all worried that I would lose my scholorship, but after that first season it was apparent that all those years of soccer had left me with a real running talent and tremendous endurance. In the following years at school I lead my team as captain to the New England Regional Championships. The records I set during that time period stood unbroken for over 10 years. My running career had begun.
When I run, I am at peace. If there are negative things going on out in the world, or inside of my life, they all
simply melt away during the time I spend alone on the road. For me, running has many of the same benefits others derive from meditation. It allows me to “get away from it all” and go on a brief, but refreshing vacation
from the stresses of every day life. If there’s something I love almost as much as running, it’s sharing that love of running with others. Sometimes it’s just getting together with friends for a casual trot along side the Nissequogue River. Other times it’s taking it to the max in an ultra-competitive, international race. And most recently, it has been coaching. I’ve reached that time in my life where I feel the need to give something back…sharing my personal experience, the many things I’ve learned from others like myself, and my new, formal education as a Certified USATF Running Coach. It is to that end that my website has come into being.