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About Don McGrath


I’m Don McGrath, and in this blog I shared my experiences as I did research for, write and promote a book based on 50 interviews with athletes over 50 years old.  My personal background is that I am a lifelong athlete.  I competed in long-distance and middle distance running throughout high school and college, and achieved some success, running 4:14 for the mile, 9:04 for the 3000m steeplechase, and 30:59 for 10Km. In this period I learned the importance of consistent training and conditioning, as well as how to lead people. Later in life I shifted to rock climbing where I have climbed difficult traditional routes, as well as difficult sport climbs. At age 48, this is my current passion/obsession.


My professional background is as an electrical engineer. I got my B.S.E.E. from Rochester Institute of Technology, M.S.E.E. from Purdue University, and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. I’m currently an Engineering Director at a high tech company, and have the challenge of balancing my sport, career, and personal interests. I am also a trained personal coach.


I’m hoping that the stories and lesson contained on this blog and in my books will help anyone who wants to have a strong, healthy and active life.

The lessons I learned from writing 50 Athletes Over 50, led me to create the 21 Days 7 Habits program, which helps non-athletes build the 7 healthy habits I observed in the 50 athletes in my book. You can find out more and even download a FREE starter kit that will help you build the 7 healthy habit sat, www.21days7habits.com.