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I live in Arlington, Massachusetts with my wife, Ruth Sespaniak, and our cat, Phoebe. Ruth and I can often be found running on the streets of Arlington, but Phoebe stays inside.
I’ve run hundreds of races, including more than thirty marathons and ultramarathons, without winning a single one. But there’s always tomorrow.
I published my first book in 2010. My work has appeared in both national dead-tree publications and landfill-saving electronic formats. You can find some of the things I’ve written here and here. If you like what you read, I can always use help getting the word out!
In 1999, I was searching for an Internet domain name to use for my personal web site and email. I wanted a name that was meaningful, but most of the names I thought of were already taken so I needed something a little different. I was working in IT and the Y2K issue was big at the time. I took that and mixed it with the marathon distance (42 kilometers) to come up with “Y42K”.
Since then, many people have asked me, “Y42K?” Some days “Y42K?” asks the question “Why run a marathon?” On better days, it asks “Why stop there?” It’s also sort of Shakespearian-sounding, which adds a needed touch of gravitas.