University Professor in the Running for the Perfect Score

Published: September 25, 2013

University Professor in the Running for the Perfect Score

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –When Dr. Kamiar Kouzekanani, Professor of Quantitative Methodology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is not teaching students the skills needed to develop and conduct research, he is out working on a project of his own. Kouzekanani says he is on a mission to run 100 marathons, the perfect score for a lifetime love of running.

“I owe my physical and mental health to daily running, it is a simple sport, which requires discipline and dedication,” said Kouzekanani.

That discipline and dedication is a lesson he takes with him into his classroom.  Kouzekanani says he encourages his students to take on some health-conscious habits. He has done research on diabetes in the Rio Grande Valley, saying part of the reason the condition is prevalent is because of a lack of exercise.

"I tell my students that I am in my late 50s and still run daily," he said. "If I don't look my age, it's because I work out."

Many of his students say they even started exercising or have increased their activity because of Kouzekanani’s enthusiasm.

Dr. Kouzekanani began running on a regular basis in 1980 and estimates he has logged at least 88,000 miles since. He ran his first marathon in Columbus, Ohio in 1982 and did not run another marathon until January 1992, which he considers the start of his marathon running career. In 2003, he set a goal to run a marathon in all 50 states, which he completed in November of 2009 and led him to set a new goal. On November 10, Kouzekanani is scheduled to run marathon number 100 in Athens, Greece. But he isn’t stopping there; his running hobby will end where it began, with marathon number 101 in Miami, in Feb. 2014. He says bum knees have plagued him for the past several years and even though he has been given permission to run his final marathons, his orthopedic surgeon requires him to report regularly for medical treatments. Due to the injury, Kouzekanani says his running is no longer fast or pretty, but he considers it a blessing that he can still run. Although he will not be running any more marathons after Miami Marathon, he hopes that his daily runs will continue for a long time to come.

“I know not everyone can run, but I firmly believe that those who can, must never take it for granted,” said Dr. Kouzekanani.

Kouzekanani joined the University’s College of Education Faculty in 2005. The native of Tehran, Iran has doctoral degrees from both The Ohio State University (1983) and the University of Miami (1988). Before coming to the Island University, he worked at the University of Miami, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and the University of Texas at Austin.