Clarke keeps running


Pete ClarkeHe may not train as hard as he did when he was younger, but at 71, Pete Clarke (BSB-Business ’64) maintains an activity level that puts many to shame. Scan the USA Masters track and field rankings, and you’ll find Clarke’s name at the top of several running events.

The Kingwood, Tex., banker is one of an avid minority of senior recreational runners who run fast to have fun—and compete. A converted home greenhouse that now serves as his gym displays the results of his hard work—a collection of medals that he’s won over several decades of running.

Clarke says, though, that the health benefits he’s enjoyed because his running are the real incentive for his activity. “It’s the best thing in the world for anti-aging,” Clarke said in a Houston Chronicle article this spring.

A two-time All-American Hall of Famer in cross country at Emporia State University, Clarke tries to arrange business trips around regional weekend track meets in New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.