My name is Dan Dingess. I am 45 years old and have grown up in Henry County. I have been married to the love of my life Rebekah for 25 years and have two amazing kids – Abbi (22) and Larson (17). I was an athlete through high school participating in 3 sports. After graduation I played basketball in college which is where I met Rebekah, and we began to do life together.
Over the next several years I pretty much had stopped enjoying athletics and was just grinding out life’s ups and downs and enjoying the outdoors. Fast forward to when life brought about some major stressors that began to wear on me. My wife was already adventuring into recreational running and encouraged me to do so. I ran occasionally with her but always had the mentality to” just do it to get it over with” but not for enjoyment. I began to see that running was giving me great stress relief, and I gradually began to enjoy it. We became a part of a local running group called ASR in the summer of 2019 and began to run with them on scheduled runs. I hadn’t run more than 3 miles at a time, so I was quickly motivated and supported to begin to grow and challenge myself. This is where I was introduced to Rev Running. Kevin and Annie were at many of our local runs and always encouraged me along the way. I ran my first 10k in the fall of 2019 and loved it.
In 2020, as the pandemic hit, a large majority of runs were cancelled, however most of Rev Running races remained due to them being a trail format. I ran my first half marathon (and first time ever stepping foot on a trail to run) at the 2020 Huff n Puff and was hooked on trails at that point. With my love of the outdoors – this was a perfect fit. So many life events were cancelled due to covid I had time to spend a lot of time running the trails with many that have become great mentors and friends to me. Since that time, I have been able to gain experience (through a lot of good and bad decisions lol) and continuously keep growing and learning how to progress. I was able to complete a few 50k’s, and my first 100 mile race this summer.
I have gained a whole new family through running, and I love the time I get to spend outside just soaking in the peacefulness running brings to my mind and spirit. Through running, I have realized how many great people are there to encourage you and others in every way. We go through all of life’s ups and downs as we journey life together. Seeing each other through loss and physical battles it has become much more than running. I look forward to each run I can do with these amazing people.
I am honored to be a part of Rev Runnings Team and can’t wait for what lies ahead in 2022. I love my running family, and I hope to be able to encourage others to love the sport of running and chasing their personal goals – One Mile At A Time!