MEMBER: Daniel Mallozzi
Name: Daniel Mallozzi
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
High School: Manheim Township
College: Gettysburg College
Occupation: Account Manager at Rood Financial Services
Half Marathon: 1:23:43
Finished my first half marathon in June 2018 and somehow ended up winning my age group!
Winning an entry to 2018 Night Nation run from a small charity 5k!
By: Kevin Brandon (03/05/19)
Dan, thanks for taking time to speak with us. Could you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you end up in Philadelphia and running with PRTC?
I grew up in Lancaster, PA (I am not Amish). I then decided that I had not had enough of getting caught behind Horse and Buggy Carriages while driving, so I attended Gettysburg college for a Pre-Medical degree. I promptly moved to Philadelphia for it’s wonderful selection of Medical schools. Upon arriving, I decided that Medical school would not be a good fit for me, so I joined my current work partner at Rood Financial Services. As for joining PRTC, I met a current team member Max Krall, and he highly (and frequently) recommended I join.
When did you first become a runner? Did a specific event compel you to take on the sport?
I grew up swimming competitively and turned to running as a form of cross training during the off season. In High School I ran track for 2 seasons (before breaking my leg) and loved it. After swimming all 4 years of college, I turned to running once more, but really wouldn’t consider myself a “runner” until 2018.
Once you began running, how did your career develop? Take us through day one to today.
At the end of 2017 I ran my first Spartan race (a mud/obstacle course race) and absolutely loved it. After completing it, I realized my greatest weakness on the course was my ability to run/maintain a consistent pace. In 2018 I decided to run more often to see how much it would improve my ability to perform. It worked far better than I hoped and have been running (somewhat regularly) ever since!
What is a favorite running accomplishment or moment?
Raising several hundred dollars for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital foundation in last years Rock N’ Roll Half in Philadelphia.
How about a not-so-great moment?
Same race, I had a goal time in mind for the Half-Marathon but started with too intense a pace and completely fell off my horse by the midway point. I ended up running several minutes slower than I knew I could despite finishing within a minute of my personal best.
Regarding your running future, what are your near and long-term goals?
My ultimate goal for running would be to qualify for Spartan World Championships! On a more strict “running” note, I would like to run a marathon, qualify for Boston, then run the Boston marathon, then promptly check Marathon running off my bucket list (for awhile at least). My immediate goal is to break 60 minutes at the Broad Street Run!
Preferred pre and post-race meals?
Pre: Toast with honey (or jelly) and a protein bar. Post: Anything with peanut butter.
Can you share with us what you're currently up to professionally?
I work at Rood Financial Services. We are a Business to Business (primarily) and Individual cloud accounting and Payroll firm. Our goal is to help simplify the tax preparation, filing and payroll for small-medium sized businesses so that owners can focus on running their businesses instead of spending all their time worrying about taxes, etc. Because we are cloud based (we host all of our data online and operate almost entirely on a remote basis) we can service our clientele at a fraction of the cost of any other current platform.
What inspired you to pursue this field?
After I walked away from a potential career in medicine, I simply explored every opportunity available and luckily for me, I fell upon my current place of work in it’s infant/startup phases and have never looked back. It’s fun, I meet a lot of people, I travel frequently, AND I have time to take mid-afternoon runs (on most days).
Any non-running related hobbies, hidden skills or talents we may enjoy hearing about?
To bring it full circle on a “cross-training” theme, I have been getting back into swimming and in fact coach collegiately at Widener University in my spare time. Anyone looking to swim some laps, or for a pointer (or two), please feel free to reach out and we can hit the pool for some cross training.