Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

"Energizer Banker" Keeps on Going ... and Going, as He Runs More Than 32 Years Straight

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

"Energizer Banker" Keeps on Going ... and Going, as He Runs More Than 32 Years Straight

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When Georgia banker Thad Childs says he's "had a good run," he means it literally and figuratively.

Childs, 64, came from a Georgia community-banking family. Despite that, after four years in the Navy, he took a job managing a textile plant. Divorce gave him custody of his two-year-old son and a determination to find a steadier schedule than the 70-hours-a-week factory position was providing. He decided to take a job at a bank after all, and has been a banker ever since.

Looking for exercise that would go with being a single father, he pushed his son's stroller to the high school track, left it in the center of the field, and did laps--never losing sight of his son. Inspired by Jim Fixx's Complete Book of Running, Childs found running habit-forming, and built his schedule around a run-daycare-work routine.

Many bankers run. But what became most remarkable was that, since March 5, 1979, Childs has been running every day. He hasn't stopped for illness, injury, work, travel, or any other reason causing so many others to stumble.

He's run more than 87,000 miles over more than 32 years. Every day's run of "the streak" has been recorded in bank calendars. "Whatever bank I was working at, that was my log for the year," says Childs.

His basic routine: Rise at 4:45 a.m., drink coffee, and run for an hour, "no matter what." Later he breakfasts on a glass of Slim-Fast. "It's not to lose weight," says the 150-pound Childs. …

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