2010 Harrisburg MilerI am a masters runner from central Pennsylvania.  I compete primarily on the track, but run a road race now and then when the schedule allows.   I set personal records for my masters career in the 800m (1:56.07) in 2010, and in the 1500m (4:02.63) and the mile (4:23.48) in 2011.  Now that I am 44 I am hanging on for dear life – don’t count me out though…

When not running I am a pilot and moonlight as an assistant coach with the boys and girls cross country teams at Cumberland Valley High School here in Mechanicsburg PA – my alma mater.  I am a 1991 graduate of the US Naval Academy, and served 10 years on active duty as a naval aviator before joining FedEx to fly the Airbus A300.   I am married and have two grade school aged daughters (13 and 8).

6 Responses to About

  1. Brian Sax says:


    At what number can I reach you? We’re putting together an Outdoor 35-39 WR attempt in Boston in early JUNE, and want to see if your 40-44 Team wants to go for it with us.

    Brian Sax
    817 819 3825

  2. Debbie Wilson says:

    Nick – I was searching the internet for conversion distance/time info for the HydroWorx treadmill vs. land running and came across your photo! I recognize you from Elite Athletic Performance – I’ve been training with Rich Harris for awhile. Apparently, you work with HydroWorx – can you tell me where to find the conversion info?

  3. Renee H. says:

    I’m a sprinter but love reading your accounts of your races!! Also kudos to your daughter. Hope she did well at the swimming championships. ( I passed on the 200m at Nat’ls for my daughters first AAU basketball tournament. Watching her play was way more nerve wracking than running in any meet ever cold have been-even Nat’s).

    • Nick Berra says:

      Thanks. I enjoy her races as much as I do mine, so I don’t consider it much of a sacrifice to have to miss a meet to go to one of hers. She is developing into a pretty good swimmer, so hopefully she will continue to enjoy it…

  4. Peter Brady says:


    I stumbled on your blog when I recently returned to racing on the track as a masters runner. Congrats on such an impressive result in Iowa and thanks for sharing so much info about your training and racing. It definitely helped me prepare for my return to the 800 after a long hiatus.

    • Nick Berra says:

      Peter – sorry for late reply, been MIA from the blogging world for quite a while. Great race in KS – look forward to running into you out on the circuit!

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