Florida Tech’s Tony Catanese Enjoys Active Lifestyle
By Florida Tech // December 11, 2012
SPORTS & ACTIVE LIVING
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Anthony J. Catanese is always running—not just in his role as president of the Florida Institute of Technology or in his numerous community service positions. Catanese can be seen literally running, along the scenic Space Coast five miles every day.
“I’ve been running seriously for 40 years,” said Catanese, who completed the November Space Coast Half Marathon in 2:12. He’s lost count of the number of half marathons that he has run. However, he’s completed 35 marathons during his life, with a personal record of 3:05.
“Mostly Disney (pictured above), Atlanta, Milwaukee, New York, Space Coast, Melbourne Beaches and Music, Jacksonville and Marine Corps,” he said.
Being fleet of foot has served him in other athletic pursuits as well. “I have belts in Tae Kwon Do, Okinawa Te, Shorin Ryu, and Kung Fu, over a long career starting in high school. The highest is a black belt, and others are brown. I also boxed in several New Jersey events as a teenager.”
Catanese has stepped back from karate and boxing as he’s gotten older, but his commitment to physical fitness remains strong.
“My weekend runs are as long as 15 to 18 miles,” Catanese said. “I also work out three times a week at Melbourne Beach Physical Fitness Center and do Pilates once a week with Diane Nelson.
“Good health starts with personal fitness,” Catanese added. “That investment will pay you back your entire life.”