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An anchor and an ironman

Anchorman Chris Schauble once covered the Los Angeles Marathon - now he's the 'Iron News Man'

Posted: May 23, 2009 9:23 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.

tevenson Ranch resident and KNBC anchorman Chris Schauble and family at the Toyota Desert International Triathlon held March 8 in La Quinta.

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For the past six years Stevenson Ranch resident and KNBC (channel 4) morning anchor Chris Schauble has worked Los Angeles Marathon coverage as part of his job duties for the Los Angeles television station. On Monday he will become part of the story as he runs in his first LA Marathon.

"Two years ago, in the spring of 2007 I looked at pictures of myself and frankly, I was tubby," Schauble said. "When I was covering the LA Marathon I realized how out of shape I was."

At 6-foot, one-inches tall and 252 pounds, Schauble said he was overweight by 40 or 50 pounds.

"I was wearing size-40 pants," he said.

Schauble started running. First, he jogged around the block, then upped it to a mile, then two. He quickly became a fixture seen running the streets of Stevenson Ranch.

"Then I added trail runs in Towsley Canyon," he said. "I love, love, love the Santa Clarita Trail, there's very few people on the trails when I run, which is usually when I get off work in the early afternoon."

Schauble added for distance training he starts on Calgrove, continues down Wiley Canyon where he catches the Santa Clarita Trail then he runs to the Antelope Valley Freeway and back.

"That's 22 miles and one of my favorite long training runs," he said.

After Schauble started running, he soon realized he needed to set goals to keep motivated. He ran his first half-marathon in the San Francisco Half-Marathon. He knew he could push himself further.

Schauble ran his first marathon (26.2 miles), in October at the Long Beach Marathon. He finished in a time of 3:49.

His second marathon came in at the Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach on Feb. 1 where he ran 3:43.

"I've been fortunate to have fairly good times for a rookie. For the LA Marathon the weather is going to be warmer than I would like but I hope to finish in under 3:40," Schauble said.

Schauble has also begun to participate in triathlons.

"I always focus on the goal beyond the goal," he said. His next event is the Vineman Ironman 70.3 to be held July 19 in Sonoma.

The triathlon will test participants with a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike race and 13.1-mile run.

"My biggest goal for 2009 is completing Ironman Arizona in 14 hours or less," he said.

The Ford Ironman Arizona to be held Nov. 22 includes a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 (full marathon) mile run.

Schauble competed on March 8, his birthday, in the Toyota Desert International Triathlon held in La Quinta. The event featured a 1.5K swim, 40K bike race and a 10K run.

"The event happened to be on my birthday and it was the best way to celebrate - by challenging myself in a life-affirming way," he said.

Schauble sees his new-found lifestyle as a good example for his children, two sets of twin girls, Sydney and Shelbi, age 7 and Kendall and Kelsey, age 5. His daughters and wife Katrina often join him at the finish line of his races. They will be on hand Monday to greet Schauble as he finishes his first LA Marathon.

"My daughters have little T-shirts that read ‘Future Marathoner,'" he said.

Schauble said his training schedule has caused a few sacrifices for his family, but because he trains in the early afternoons when the children are in school and his wife is at work the disruptions to family life is minimal.

"They've had to sacrifice some," he said. "But they're excited for me. It's been a fantastic journey."

Schauble said he will turn 40 next year and one of his future goals is to get his marathon time down so he can qualify for the Boston Marathon.

"If I can keep getting better I can qualify for Boston which is the ‘holy grail' for marathon runners," he said.

Schauble will need to run a 3:20 in a qualifying marathon to be eligible to run in Boston. He also has his sites set on the famed Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii and other events.

"I keep pushing myself," he said. "To go from a guy who needed to lose weight to doing this ... when I covered the LA Marathon I never thought I'd be the guy being covered. I never thought I would be one of the athletes running - and not only am I that guy, but I not half bad at it."

Schauble is the weekday co-anchor of the NBC4 early morning news show "Today in LA" (5 a.m. to 7 a.m.) and the Channel 4 News Midday Report (11 a.m.). He also serves as general assignment reporter for the station.

He came to Los Angeles from Denver, Colo. where his extensive coverage of the Columbine High School shooting helped the station earn a local area Emmy for Best Spot News. Since joining KNBC in June 2001, Schauble has won a Los Angeles-area Emmy Award and shared in five Golden Mike Awards.

To follow Chris Schauble on his journey read his blog at www.nbclosangeles.com/results/?keywords=Chris+Schauble (look for Iron News Man). KNBC channel 4 will televise the LA Marathon live 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. KNBC's coverage will also be carried on Universal Sports (airing on NBC4's Digital Channel 4.4, Time Warner 226.)

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