Considering how much territory Quentin Dombro covers on his runs—a lot—, chances are pretty good you’ve seen him around the Island. He’s hard to miss. It’s not often you see a jogger juggling. He’s my personal first.
So, what’s his story? I stopped Dombro today on his run on Miller Road near Fletcher Bay to find out. I apologized for interrupting him, but he said he was happy to take a breather and talk.
Dombro has the lean, chiseled look of a long-time runner and the easy smile of someone enjoying an endless endorphin buzz. He said he runs every other day, alternating his “short” 12-mile journeys with his long 17-mile stints. He has run four marathons but doesn’t like to go that far anymore. One of his favorite routes is through Gazzam Lake Preserve, down Baker Hill, and along Crystal Springs. (I like that route too, but with assistance from my bicycle.)
Dombro moved to Bainbridge from Vermont two and a half years ago. He said he likes it here, especially on sunny days like today. He told me he appreciates how friendly and courteous drivers are here, generally going out of their way to give him wide clearance as they pass and waving and smiling.
When I asked to take a photo of him, he happily obliged but said he doesn’t juggle well under pressure. Not a ball was dropped during the photo shoot.
Thanks for talking, Quentin!
Photos by Julie Hall.