Al Tardy was born in Northampton, MA; son of Betty Peroni and Ernest Tardy. A graduate of Northampton High Schooul, Al took classes at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
On May 22, 1978, Al began his first run at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. Accompanied only by a backpack, Al averaged over 55 miles/day, completing close to what ended up being an almost 3,400-mile trek and reaching his hometown destination of Florence, MA on August 5th. Al was sponsored by the National Council of Corvette Clubs, and raised funds and awareness for the Spina Bifida Association of America.
Since then, Al has started his own painting company, A Brush Above painting, in addition to AMT Enterprises, a power-brokering company, and ventures in realty. His experiences have given him many opportunities to connect with and contribute to the Pioneer Valley community and surrounding areas.
Al’s passion for running came at an early age, and while his competitive days were left in college, Al has enjoyed running road races and leisurely courses on a regular basis.
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