Health and Wellness

Everyday EMS Athlete Profile: Mike McElmeel

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 EMT-I Mike McElmeel.

Q: What is your EMS job?

Part-time EMT-I.

IMG_1662 Q: What are your athletic pursuits and goals?

I run ultramarathons, which are races greater than 26.2 miles.
I hope to keep doing these for years to come.

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

Nothing in particular just happy I am still competing at a age where a lot of society is sitting on the couch and whining about how old they are.

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

It is cliche to say but …

  • Set a goal
  • Make a plan
  • Stay consistent
  • Don’t beat yourself up about small setbacks

Q: Are there any organizations or groups that support your running?

My local running store We Run LLC.

Organization I run for are Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Team RWB.


Q: How can readers, other EMS professionals, and runners connect with you?

Former Action Guy blog

All Everyday EMS Athletes featured in this column receive a gift card from Road ID. Check out the Road ID information for First Responders. View past columns and submit your profile at the Everyday EMS Athlete page

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.