Before Born to Run hit the shelves and launched explosive growth in ultrarunning, I sought to discover what my body was capable of in this tiny subset of the running community. Seeking an outlet and balance in my life while dealing with a turbulent working situation, I turned back to running which I had left behind some 12 years prior at the end of high school. It took time for fitness to return, but I set my sights on a marathon and soon was toeing the line. Crossing that finish with an overall win set the hook for what else I could achieve. Within a month, I took to the trails for a 50km and another win. Many remember those early races with the singlet that I was given by my daughter on my first Father’s Day that read “run, daddee, run” on the back. While it has since been retired, what has followed in the years since those first races and that singlet are beyond what I could have imagined, from victories and course records at a variety of distances and support/sponsorship by Feetures! socks, Honey Stinger, Core Power, and Petzl, to inclusion into an incredible community.
While the awards and accolades are wonderful to receive, it is the friendship and comradery of the running community that has proven far more rewarding. Quite simply, I enjoy sharing this passion helping many to achieve a first finish at any distance, others to achieve PRs in various distances, and some to conquer new distances and on different terrain. My journey to this level of competition has been a few years in the making, one of learning my strengths and limits, setting goals, advocacy, and of introspection.
Usually at races you can find my father, Roger, managing my nutrition and hydration and also giving back as a general resource to other runners providing his medical insight and the conclusions we have come to through trial and error.
My mother, Melissa, can at times be found by his side managing and crewing him so he is capable of doing the same for me with my wife, Lianne, and daughter, Amelia, often at the finish to cheer me in. We have been immersed into this community gaining countless friends and are glad to give back anything we can.
I am full-time Methodist minister, teach at local colleges, and most of all a proud and devoted husband and father. Life and a broad contact with the public of all ages allows me to speak realistically to fellow athletes and all who look to connect more deeply with their environment through exercise to improve overall health creating achievable goals and objectives alongside the challenges of life which I hope to help with through a blog and website soon … appropriately entitled ‘rundaddeerun’.
Western New York Ultrarunner of the Year
2nd - Green Lakes 100 km
6th - MVP Rochester, NY Marathon
2nd - Can Lake 50 mile
1st - Mendon Trail Runs 50 km
Western New York Ultrarunner of the Year
8th - National Rock 'N Roll Marathon, Washington D.C.
1st & course record - BPAC 6 Hour
3rd - Alleghany Adventure Run 22 km
1st - Highland 30 mile
1st & course record - Beast of Burden, Summer 50 mile
2nd - Mighty Niagara Half Marathon
1st & course record - Can Lake 50 mile
1st & course record - Mendon Trail Runs 50 km
6th – National Rock ‘N Roll Marathon, Washington D.C.
1st from the greater Buffalo area – Boston Marathon
1st – BPAC 6 Hour
2nd – Green Lakes 100 km
5th – MVP Rochester Marathon
2nd – Can Lake 50 mile
8th – JFK 50 mile
14th - Rock 'N Roll USA (Washington D. C.) Marathon
3rd – 0 SPF USATF Niagara Region Trail Championship
1st - MVP Rochester Marathon
1st – Oil Creek 100 Mile
1st & course record - Beast of Burden, Winter 50 mile (5:51:10)
4th - Rock 'N Roll USA (Washington D.C.) Marathon
7th - The North Face Bear Mountain, NY 50 mile
9th - Cayuga Trail 50 mile
1st - Burning River 100 mile
1st & course record - Beast of Burden, Summer 25 mile
July 21st, 2020 | 2 hrs 32 mins
We've gathered the braintrust together to discuss all manner of things from Current Events to gear to beer. Mike Welden, Jamie Hobbs and Daven Oskvig sit in their respective corners in my sunroom, crack a few cold ones and share stories of what was, what is and what could be.
March 30th, 2019 | 1 hr 16 mins
Our yearly special episode recorded at Medved Running and Walking in sunny Pittsford, NY. This year Mort Nace assembled a panel of 4 outdoor enthusiasts, Laura Rekkerth, Daven Oskvig, Tim Kent and Laura Webber for a night of talking trails.
March 7th, 2017 | 1 hr 20 mins
Daven Oskvig talks about a CR at Sulphur Springs 100, win at Oil Creek 100 & everything else.
October 30th, 2015 | 1 hr 57 mins
Daven Oskvig and Mike Welden briefly discuss Burning River, Twisted Branch and Rochester Marathon before digging into Daven's 2015 Oil Creek 100 run.
009: A Roving Party, The Twisted Branch Preview - with Jackie Palmer, Kendra Chamberlain and Daven Oskvig
August 21st, 2015 | 2 hrs 20 mins
The 2015 Twisted Branch Preview Episode!