Matt Kotich

The Website

Systems guy. Runner. Diver. Maker. Builder.

Down the sidebar I've got a few links to some of the things that I do.

I'm an avid runner. I run to relax and I run to unwind. I love disappearing into the moment of a nice long run. I run more for myself than for the medals these days. With 3 Marathons, 25 Half-Marathons, and dozens of 5-10k events, I've whittled my annual races down to the Los Angeles Marathon in March, and OC Half-Marathon in May every year. Aside from that, I still put in hundreds of miles a year on my own and plan to grow my full/half Marathon counts. I'm planning my own sentimental solo Marathon in Orange County, traversing several areas that I frequented growing up there.

I'm the Garrison Webmaster for my local 501st Legion Garrison, the Neon City Garrison. A worldwide Star Wars costuming and charity group over 10,000 strong where I am both Kylo Ren (TFA) and a Stormtrooper.
Bad Guys Doing Good.

As a diver I've gotten my PADI Advanced Open Water certification and have logged nearly 80 dives thus far. My friends and I used to dive at least once a week, but it's been a few years. Diving is amazing and I really need to get back into it now that I have access to so many beautiful dive sites in Southern California. Some photos from our adventures can be found here, and my online dive log can be found in the left sidebar under DIVEBOARD.

My most recent passion project is a full size working replica of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion clock. This is an 84" tall, 107lb solid Red Oak Grandfather Clock with a glowing 13hr (12hr movement) dial. It's not just a prop, it's a real, working, Grandfather Clock. Scaled up from the Disney Parks 13hr Grandfather Clock toy to the dimensions of my parents' grandfather clock. It was a long, arduous project, but one piece at a time, it has come together beautifully. You can see the results at