From those offbeat marathons in the nation’s farmland, to Bar Harbor, Maine, (“the most scenic of the marathons”), to Chicago (“my personal best time”) and even to Dublin, Ireland, Youchak has enjoyed the travel and the experience of camaraderie surrounding such events.
“From doing these marathons, I continually see friends that I have met before,” Youchak said. “It’s part camaraderie, it’s part keeping fit – very fit – and part keeping your head on straight.”
But don’t expect Youchak to hang up the running shoes for good anytime soon. The racing bug is back, and the former Johnstown tennis player has plans to continue competing in adventure races, which combine cross country running, mountain biking, kayaking, rappelling, rock climbing and orienteering, and last a day or more.
Youchak and Forbeck have also run the Rachel Carson Trail race, a 34-mile cross county race in the Pittsburgh area. It’s a grueling task that takes Youchak nine hours to finish. And on top of that, one year’s race cost him five toenails.
“We have done adventure racing, and as we’re getting older, we have to step it down,” Youchak said. “Instead of doing eight marathons, we are going to do some marathons and some adventure racing.”