Health and Wellness

Everyday EMS Athlete Profile: Gregg Mentzel

EMS professionals are challenged to balance work, family, and other obligations while also staying or striving for mental and physical fitness. The Everyday EMS Athlete is a regular column to recognize and learn from other EMS professionals that are setting and meeting fitness goals. This edition was contributed by Paramedic Greg Mentzel.

Q: What is your EMS job?

EMT-Paramedic, EMS-Ambulance Department Manager for a Hospital based 911 service

Early morning prep for sundance trail race

Q: What are your athletic pursuits and goals?

Running – anything from 5K to Ultras with sprint to iron distance triathlons

Bad weather for Rocky Mountain double marathon

Q: Do you have a race or accomplishments you are particularly proud of? 

After completing my third Ironman I focused on running a Boston Marathon qualifying time (mission accomplished).  After that, having already run a 50 miler I focused on a 100 mile run.  I finished that first one in 23 hours and ended up running a total of four (4) 100 mile runs, a 100K, a double marathon and a 50K all in 1 year.

Lean Horse 50 mile run

Q: What are your tips for other EMS professionals to balance work and fitness?

  • Schedule your workouts in your day and week plans.
  • Don’t put your workout off until later – in the EMS world you’ve got to take advantage of your training time when it’s there – put if off and something else may come up that prevents it from ever happening.
  • Don’t put off a workout just because of the weather – train in whatever there is because you’ll never know what race day will bring.
At the finish line with ‘Bud’ after my first 100 mile run (23 hours) Boulder 100 (Oct 2010)

Q: How can readers connect with you?

Events and Accomplishments

  • Ran Boston Qualifying Marathon 1/2010 (3:30)
  • Finished Ironmen 5430 in Boulder CO 8/2001, IM WI 10/2006, IM CDA 6/2009 in 11:59.56. Next IM WI again in 2013.
  • Finished 100 mile runs at Iron Horse in Florida (2/2011), Lean Horse 100 (8/2011) and Boulder 100 again in 10/2011)
  • Rocky Mtn Double Marathon (5/2011) Black Hills 100K (6/2011) Sundance 50K (9/2011)
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By Greg

Elearning designer, writer, podcaster, blogger, presenter and paramedic. To relax I run and bike as far and as fast as I can. Also like to read a lot and fast.