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Frank DiPasquale

Frank DiPasquale lives in Astoria and is a middle school physical education teacher. He also coaches classes at EPIC Hybrid Training, where he takes classes in the evenings. Always passionate about fitness, he was a college athlete, played ice hockey

Race at Marist College and Rugby at SUNY Cortland.

Frank now participates in Spartan RacesSpartan as a new challenge, and achieved Of2nd in the Super Race from among the best obstacle racers on the continent last summer. The course miles of technical Courtesyfeatured terrain, steep elevation and signature Spartan obstacles designed to push competitors to theirPhoto limits across miles of unforgiving terrain while conquering signature obstacles. (Gazette, September 26, 2018, “Astoria Athlete Places In Top 3 in Age Group At West Virginia Spartan Race.”)

QG: How do you fit this rigorous practice into your daily schedule?

FD: I try to be as efficient as I can to get my training in. I wake up at 4:15 am to get some workouts in before work. I also take classes in the evenings at EPIC Hybrid Training after I coach classes there. Planning for a busy schedule lets me use any free time I can find.

QG: What do you do when you are not training, competing or working?

FD: I like to spend as much time outdoors as I can and take advantage of all the great places on Ditmars Blvd., where I currently live.

QG: Do you do the Spartan Race for itself or is there another goal this leads to?

FD: I began running Spartan Races to give myself some direction in my training. After college athletics I found myself needing a goal and accountability. Recently, as I have become more competitive in the sport, it has been able to fill the need for competition. I am a very competitive person and this has enabled me to satisfy that drive and constantly try to improve.

Also, the community of people I have met and network of friends I have made will keep me coming back. I have made more friends and met more people through this sport than I could ever have imagined.

QG: What are your future plans?

FD: I plan to continue racing and training for obstacle course race events. In 2019 I think I am going to focus more on short course events, such as the Spartan Stadium Series and Tough Mudder X.

QG: How would you describe your lifestyle?

FD: I try not to take life too seriously. I’m serious about my training, racing, teaching/coaching and other things, but at the end of the day, if you aren’t enjoying what you do, it just isn’t worth it. I make sure to laugh every day, even if it’s at myself.

QG: What are your favorite hangouts in Queens?

FD: Since training is such a large part of my life I couldn’t answer this question without mentioning Astoria Park and Forest Park, since they make that possible while still living in a city. When I’m not training, I spend my time at any of the number of places on Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria. More specifically, Jack Jones and The Ditty are a few places I frequent when hanging out with friends. There are always new bars and restaurants popping up, so it is easy to pop into somewhere new when I have the time.

QG: Anything special to you about Queens?

FD: Queens is close enough to the city while still having a neighborhood feel. I’m a few train stops away from Midtown, but people still decorate their front yards for the holidays. There are parts of Queens that can help you forget you live in one of the busiest cities in the world.

  
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