David McConkey has had a tremendous influence on the Peterborough running scene over the last 20 years.
He participated in the prestigious Boston Marathon eight times. He also finished 33rd in the Athens, Greece Peace Run Marathon in 1988 where he was the first Canadian to cross the finish line. As well, he completed many marathons including the Dublin, Ireland Marathon in 2000 and has served as an Achilles Guide Runner in numerous marathon races, including the New York Marathon where he helped runners with disabilities to finish the course. He also ran in the Gay Games in Australia in 2002 and in several ultra marathons at distances of 50 and 100 miles and even a continuous 24-hour run.
Another high point in his running career was completing the Canadian Death Race in 2003 in Grande Cache, AB where he ran 125 kilometers, climbed three mountains and was still able to sprint to a second-place finish. Five weeks later, he finished first in the Haliburton Forest 100 Mile Trail Run.
David was a founding member of both the Peterborough Frontrunners Club and the local Achilles Track Club and was awarded a lifetime membership in the Peterborough Road Runners Club in 2002. He is also the Canadian representative for the International Frontrunners and was the Canadian flag-bearer for the International Friendship Run in New York in 2003 and 2004. As well, he has been an advisory board member with the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association since its inception.
David has been a strong contributor to the sport of long distance running in Peterborough, both as a runner and founder.