Member Spotlight: Sean Pezzulo
Interviewed by: Kevin Brandon (08/06/17)
Sean, welcome. Could you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you end up in Philly and when did you start running? Did a specific event compel you to become a runner?
I’m originally from upstate NY (Saratoga Springs) and after getting a job here in 2014 I picked up shop and moved to PHL. I’ve been a runner ever since I can remember – I actually used to run 1 mile every morning before school starting in 3rd grade.
Once you began running, how did your career develop?
I guess my career developed sort of like a really boring and crappy long run. It felt comfortable at first then had a bunch of ups and downs and took way longer than I hoped to reach a decent speed. It felt comfortable at first then had a bunch of ups and downs and took way longer than I hoped to reach a decent speed. It hurt a lot but I’d do it all again next week because I’m crazy like all of you.
What was it like being a Hurricane at the University of Miami? Lots of beach terrain and heat during training runs?
Miami was great. Tough getting used to the heat and humidity at first and a bit flat for cross country training, but training outside year-round was pretty great and we had plenty of bridges and golf courses to get the hills in.
Did you have a favorite track event during your time with Miami?
I definitely found a love for the 8k in cross, but when it came to the track the 5k was my jam.
Can you share with us a favorite race memory or general moment of running?
2013 Florida Relays, I was in a pretty deep 5k heat (in over my head I’d say) but it was one of the few times I wasn’t a baby and I ended up hanging in it long enough to set a school record (we had never really been a big distance school). The record is gone now but… you know… glory days.
How about a not-so-great race or running moment?
Some stupid kid from Pitt tripped me up in the ACC outdoor champs 5k… my last collegiate race. I bombed. And if you can’t tell I”m still a little bitter.
Regarding your running future, what are your near and long-term goals?
Short-term I’ve got my eyes on the Philly full marathon. Long-term, I never want to hate running again.
Can you tell us a bit about your professional life? What’s it like working for 160over90?
I am an Associate Creative Director at 160over90 which is a branding agency headquartered here. We work for a lot of universities and a few consumer goods and sports clients. I have worked on projects for the Eagles, Washington Nationals, UNC, Texas A&M, and the University of Florida to name a few. Working at the agency has had its pros and cons. It can involve super long hours but it has its perks. Oh, and I get to be office neighbors with Kylie.
Any favorite work projects you’d like to tell us about?
In between many really boring projects, I’ve had an opportunity to do some pretty fun ones. One of my favorites (and most relevant to the club) was for the 2015 Nike Sports Marketing Summit, a conference held in Barcelona for a mix of athletes, celebrities, dignitaries, and fans. We created a series of videos for the event and I was the writer on the project. As a sports junkie, it was right up my alley. If you are bored, you can check out the all-sports anthem and, of course, the one for running.
Hidden skills, hobbies, or talents we may enjoy learning of?
I don’t know if it quite counts as a skill or talent, but I have a hobby of drinking a lot… That’s about it.