Surprise City Manager Bob Wingenroth is running the growing city for the second time

By Jason Stone | YourValley

Surprise City Manager Bob Wingenroth has spent a good deal of his life running, so it’s probably no surprise he knows how to “run” a city.

In fact, 14 years ago, he qualified for the Boston Marathon at age 50. It was one of about two dozen marathons Wingenroth has completed in a 30-year running career that ended when he wore out his hips.

“So, now I’m a walker,” Wingenroth said. “I try to walk at a fast pace because the beauty of running and the beauty of walking is the clarity of thought you can get.”

It helps him so much, in fact, he uses walks not just for health reasons.

“I’ve had some problems that I could not really think my way through at work, but I’ve been able to do it running or walking,” Wingenroth said.

He still walks daily, and when he has time, Wingenroth will walk the square mile around City Center.

“It gives me a chance to see everything, get fresh air and you can get off the sidewalk and walk on the soft desert,” he said. “It’s just perfect.”


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February 2023