Story, image and video by Stephanie Foden
Todd McCall may be known around the Durham College hallways as a design professor, but in his spare time, McCall is running, swimming and biking his way to an extremely active lifestyle. Whether he’s running marathons, training for triathlons or coaching the Pickering Ajax Triathlon Club, McCall is always busy balancing home and school with his life.
“A lot of people don’t realize that as a teacher you have so much time devoted to your prep and so much time devoted to marking,” said the Advertising professor. “But outside that, that’s when you get to train. So it’s a balancing act all the time.”
McCall says he is fortunate to have more time to be active because he is a part-time teacher, spending around 14 a hours week training. The athlete has been running for three years and since then has competed in over 40 races from Try-a-tri to full Iron Mans. So what’s next for McCall? He says he’s always looking to take the next step.
“I want to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I want to qualify for New York,” said McCall. “I want to win a local race. I’ve been really close – top five, top eight, but I want to win. I don’t know if I’ll get there, I’d like to. It would be really cool.”
McCall recently applied to run the New York Marathon. He hasn’t quite met the guaranteed qualifying time, but is hoping to be accepted through the marathon lottery. McCall says it wouldn’t be as great as meeting the guaranteed qualifying time. “It’s not the nostalgia of qualifying, everybody wants to qualify,” said McCall.
Watch below to hear Todd McCall talk about his active lifestyle and the new Ajax Pickering Triathlon Club.