“The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peter Kline's running journey began at the age of 52 with his first 10k. A close friend of Peter’s who had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer challenged him to run the Boston Marathon to raise money for cancer research. Running for a cause sparked a new passion within Peter to not just run, but to run with a purpose.
In 2012, he connected with Taylor, a rider athlete who has cerebral palsy, and helped her complete the Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon. Peter went on to form “Marathons With Meaning” to make running more accessible for people with disabilities.
A major passion in Peter’s life is endurance running and the ability to share that experience with
children and adults who have disabilities. Through 2021, Peter finished more than 100 marathons, more than 60 of which he completed with rider athletes, whom he propels through the course in a jogging stroller.
Peter’s commitment to this initiative has been chronicled by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Salt Lake Tribune, CBS News, Fox News, and the Brooks running catalog. He continues to train for new marathons, eager to give additional athletes the thrill of competition and the joy that stems from the support they receive on racing day.
Within his community, Peter serves as a Life Coach for Congregation for the Homeless and is a Little League Baseball coach and umpire. Previously, he served as a board member for Healing the Children, Childcare Resources, Bellevue Lions Club, and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. He has also volunteered as a Big Brother mentor. A motivational speaker, Peter enjoys sharing his zest for life and volunteerism with others, addressing educational and civic organizations, nonprofits, and business Associations.
When time allows, Peter likes to ride his motorcycle, ski with his sons and his friends, go horseback riding, rescue pets in need of a home, and serve as a teacher to others.