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MEET: Coach Dave Eckburg

September 9, 2010

Name: David Eckburg.

Occupation: Art teacher in So. Beloit/Beloit College head coach for men's and women's cross country and asst. track coach.

Hometown/residence: Loves Park, Ill.

What are a few of your favorite things? National Parks, trail-running, concerts.

What three items go in your desert island backpack? An atlas, a pair of running shoes, and a copy of the Stone Roses debut album.

What’s on your desert island jukebox? The jukebox would have to be enormous.

Favorite meal? Slowly cooked lamb roast with yellow split-pea soup.

What can’t you live without? Music.

Any advice? Pain is relative, and run fast/turn left

What do you do in your free time? Paint, run, listen to music, and go to concerts

Who are your top three fantasy dinner party guests? John Coltrane, Jerry Garcia and Neil Young.

Who are your heroes? Walter Payton.

Which talent would you most like to have? Guitar skill.

Beatles or Stones? Stones; “Exile on Main St.” gets the nod over “Revolver”

What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? Uncle Nick’s Gyros

Proudest moment? Finishing a 100-mile race.

If you were auditioning for “American Idol,” what song would you sing? ZIIZ.

What are you most looking forward to? Running across the state of Washington.