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Featured Runner “Zach Adams” February 2017

Zach Adams pretends to be a white-collar corporate zombie Monday thru Friday in order to afford race entries, but is much happier writing columns for Ultrarunning Magazine, or blogging at MidPackZach.com, and proudly cut his “ultrarunning-writing-chops” back in 2013, blogging and writing for our newsletter, right here at EpicUltras.com. Writing and playing Dungeons and Dragons are his hobbies, but running ultras is his passion. Zach loves sarcasm, dislikes whining, and occasionally likes to write what lots of people are only thinking about, but don’t dare say in public. His wife, Candi, is his favorite running partner and together enjoy a fast-paced life with their five kids, two pugs, and one of those cat-things.


Date of Birth: June 10, 1977 – Big FOUR-ZERO is just around the corner!

Place of Birth: Columbus, Kansas

Currently Residing:  Girard, Kansas

Marital Status: Married to the best woman in the world, Candi.


Job(s): Telecommunications Marketing Manager and Freelance Writer (about endurance running of course)

Children:  Max-18, Molly-15, Durbie-14, Mitch-14, Ranie-11

Height: 180.975 centimeters

Weight: 79-88 kilograms approx. (Depends on the season.  I get fat in the winter.)

Shoe Size: 12.5

Best Physical Feature:  I have some luscious bushy eyebrows.

Worst Physical Feature: My bottom row of teeth are terribly crooked.

Religion: Making people do crazy shit since nearly the beginning of time.

Political Affiliation: Ha.. I hide every political post I see on Facebook. So naw.  I feel you are way better off to society practicing activism in your own community.  Join a community board, serve a meal, mentor a kid.

Educational Background: I gots me a bachelors degree Information Systems and a Masters of Biz Administration as a first generation college grad in my family – pretty proud of that.  And I would hope it has inspired my kids to do the same.  So far I am 1 for 1 as Max is a Jayhawk. ROCK CHALK!

Personal Strength(s):  (In life)I can get along with almost anyone.  (In ultras) I can eat absolutely anything and everything and not get sick.  I am the Mr. Fusion of the ultra world.

Personal Weakness(es): I have a tendency to interrupt people – but I am working on it.

Make Of Car You Drive: Ford Truck (Sans the Stars and Bars plate)

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive:  Lamborghini Diablo or a big ass rockstar tour bus.

Pets: Ermah and Oskar – coolest set of Pugs you will ever meet.  Oh, and cat.


Favorite Author: Brandon Sanderson

Favorite Book: Ususally the last one I read… unless it sucked.

Favorite Non-running Magazine: The Rotarian

Favorite Movie: Geez… pretty much all the martial arts and shoot em up 80’s action movies.  Love me some Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Favorite TV Show: Loved Breaking Bad.  Currently enjoying the shit out of “The 100”

Favorite Actor/Actress: Eh… the story is more important to me

Favorite Music:  I am a 100% classic rock Joe Dirt kind of guy.

Favorite Musical Performer:  Depends on the day.

Favorite Artist: I like the drawings my kids made in school.

Favorite Spectator Sport: NFL – Go Chiefs!

Favorite Subject in School: I really like drama and forensics.

Favorite Game: Grand Theft Auto V

Favorite Vacation Destination: Gulf Shores Alabama / Cozumel

Favorite Time Of Day: I am definitely a morning person.

Favorite Item Of Clothing: I got a Pittsburg State University split-faced gorilla hat in 1999 when I started college and it is probably the only piece of clothing I have any attachment to.

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Reading, fishing, & kayaking.

Favorite Running Shoe: I love my $34.99 Saucony Cohesions… my feet are about as picky as my stomach.

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra:  Whatever is available in large quantities.

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: I like clear water throughout and a little pop later – coke or ginger ale.  Food – Once at Prairie Spirit there were bacon cheese quesadillas and they were so good I continued eating one inside the porta-potty.

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra:  Beer and Burger King

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): My wife, Ryan Schwatken, Dave Box, Dave Meeth, Eric Steele and Shay Caffey —  That’s my Van Clan!

Favorite Place To Run:  Colorado high country

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Smooth dirt/small rock single track covered in pine needles.

Favorite Famous Quote:  “Do or do not.  There is no try.”  – Master Yoda    


Number of Years Running Ultras: First ultra was July 2010 – Midnight Madness 50 Miler – so almost 7.

Number of Ultras Finished: 30-40ish?

Best Ultra Performance(s): 2nd Place at Pumpkin Holler 100.  EVERYTHING went right.

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: I usually go for some runs.  It seems like in peak race season I am simultaneously recovering from one race while tapering for the next one.

Injuries: None unless you are a total wuss and count lost toenails and blisters.

Ultrarunning Idol:  Paul Schoenlaub is amazing.  Ran his first ultra at around age 40 and has done almost every significant ultra in the country (and some across the world), great finish times, and the most modest and friendly ultrarunner I have ever met.  He sets the standard in my book.

Why Do You Run Ultras:  I am not really sure.  There are plenty of times, usually during really shitty low points of races, that I ask myself that exact question.

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Don’t ever make the decision to quit during the depths of a low spot.  Eat, drink, rest…. If you have the time (not too late behind cutoffs) take it, you will almost always feel better after some food, drink and a short rest – but once you quit – you can not undo that.


Personal Hero:  I admire many people for many different reasons.   

Personal Philosophy:  Do shit that scares the hell out of you.  The path of least resistance is generally not the most fulfilling.

Short-Term Goal: Finish remodeling my farmhouse and get my family moved in.

Long-Term Goal: Retire from my 9-5 job, buy a badass RV and become a full-time travelling ultrarunning freelance writer and travel the country with my wife Candi.

Most Prized Possession: I don’t really get emotionally attached to items, but I do value the struggle that my Leadville 100 belt buckle represents.

Most Proud Achievement:  Watching my kids grow into fine young adults.

Happiest Memory: Getting married on the beach at sunset with our kids, family, and closest friends sharing our moment.

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: I would love to spend a year or two living in a shack on a mountain with only the barest essentials – nearly completely disconnected from the world.

Greatest Adventure:  As a young private in the Army, got lost with another enlisted soldier a Humvee in the desert of Kuwait for about 10 hours before almost crossing the Iraqi border (this was 1996) before stumbling on a small convey we followed back to the small base nearby.  We were eventually reunited with our unit and earned a week of shit-burning detail for our lack of land navigation skills.  Honestly, it was pretty damn unnerving at the time.


Least Liked Subject: Accounting classes made me contemplate jabbing my brain with a pen.

Least Liked Household Chore: Laundry.  More specifically sorting and putting it away.

Pet Peeve(s): Complainers, whiner, wimps and people who blame everyone and everything else for everything negative that happens to them.

Greatest Fear:  Losing those I love.


Book Currently Reading: Just finished, “Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery” by David Clark.  A life book with running involved.  Highly recommend.

Hobbies:  Playing Dungeons and Dragons with a group of nerdy grown ups who like to act like they are still in middle school.

Collections:  Memories and relationships generated through being a part of the culture of ultrarunning.

What’s next: I let tomorrow make that decision.

Zach and crew triumphantly celebrating his first LT100 finish!



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Featured Runner “QuynhAnh Nguyen” January 2017

QuynhAnh Nguyen (in her own words): First off, I’d like to say I feel very under-qualified to be chosen as the Featured UltraRunner this month.  I was a little hesitant, at first, to be honest.  But then, I realized there are other runners out there that might be where I am- at the beginning of their ultra journey.  My first ultra was Free State 40 Mile trail ultra at Clinton Lake a few years ago.  I highly recommend this race as it is a very, very beautiful and technical course.  (I’d like to come back for the 100K soon) After that race, I took some time off from running as I got busy with raising kids and going to school full-time.  (Not an ultra, but just a fun tidbit…Last year, I qualified for a Guinness record at the Layton Marathon for a silly feat of being a part of the largest, ever documented, tethered group of runners.) Then, this year, I ran Heartland 50 mile, Gravel Grind 50K, and Heartland 100.  Each one of these races was memorable for very different reasons.  With every race, and race preparation, I’ve become stronger, physically and mentally, and have learned more about myself. Running long distances has helped me deal with life’s stresses and I find it to be very meditative.  I enjoy running solo as much as I do with friends. I’ve also met the most amazing, friendly, and encouraging friends in the ultra community.  I hope to meet many, many more of you, soon…happy trails!!!


Date of Birth:  Earth Day, 1979

Place of Birth: Woodward, OK

Currently Residing:  Wichita, KS

Job(s): Owner of Windswept Acres (horse stables); Asst Teacher at Tap & Tumble; Realty Assistant; Substitute teacher.

Height:  5′ 2.5″

Weight:  118-124 ( I never get skinny- I love mah’ food!)

Shoe Size: Regular shoes 7.5, running shoes 8.5

Best Physical Feature: My legs

Worst Physical Feature: My legs (It’s a love/hate relationship)

Religion: Christian

Educational Background: Lifelong professional student.

Personal Strength(s): Stubborn, optimistic, spontaneous.

Personal Weakness(es): Too stubborn, too optimistic, too spontaneous.

Make Of Car You Drive: Toyota Sienna

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: Never really cared or thought about it, probably something loud and powerful and fast.

Pets: We raise goats, miniature Hereford cows, chickens, ducks, geese,  rabbits, and dogs.


Favorite Author: No favorite (too many good ones).

Favorite Book: No favorite–Too many good ones, but I especially enjoy memoirs.  The last good one I read was With or Without You by Domenica Ruta.

Favorite Non-running Magazine: Entrepreneur

Favorite Movie: Don’t have a favorite movie…just don’t like movies with sad endings.

Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Actor/Actress: Melissa McCarthy, Matt Damon

Favorite Music: I like all kinds

Favorite Musical Performer: Josh Groban, Pentatonix, Cold Play, and Garth Brooks.

Favorite Artist: My kids

Favorite Spectator Sport: My kids’ soccer games and tennis matches.

Favorite Subject in School: Biology, sociology, and teacher education courses.

Favorite Game: Monopoly, Taboo, Charades, and a new favorite- Speak Out.

Favorite Vacation Destination: Coastal California and Pacific Northwest.

Favorite Time Of Day: Sunrise and Sunset

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Running windbreaker

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: PiYo (challenging blend of pilates and yoga)

Favorite Running Shoe: New Balance 1500 series (getting harder and harder to find, sad face)

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Leftovers from the night before, or whatever I have at home.

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Bone broth and Perpetuem

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Pho

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): ThuThuy Kahler, Sara Gillespie, Kevin Swinicki, my 19 yo son.

Favorite Place To Run: I’m really digging the rail-to-trail system here that runs from Wichita to Garden Plain. < And > Air Capital Memorial mountain bike single track

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Dirt, gravel, and snow

Favorite Famous Quote: “Do or do not, there is no try.” -Yoda


Number of Years Running Ultras: 2 years: ran 1 in 2013, 3 in 2016

Number of Ultras Finished:  4 (I’m definitely still a newbie!)

Best Ultra Performance(s): Well, I haven’t DNF’d yet, so I’m proud of that!

Most Memorable Ultra: They all have been memorable for different reasons!

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: 75-90 miles/week plus cross-training

Injuries: Fell and injured my ulna nerve in my right arm and lost strength and feeling in my fingers but that has since almost completely healed.

Ultrarunning Idol: Kathy Bratton

Why Do You Run Ultras:  Running long distances is very therapeutic for me.  It calms my mind and soothes my soul.  Plus, I’ve met the most wonderful people, many of whom are my closest friends, in the ultra community.

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Believe you can, and you can. The mind wills the body. Walk if you need, but keep moving.


Personal Hero:  Anybody who has fought or is fighting a debilitating handicap or disease/illness

Personal Philosophy: Always find the good in every situation and in every person.

Short-Term Goal: Complete another hundred miler.

Long-Term Goal: Run ultras throughout the world and run the US coast to coast, not to beat any time record, just to do it.

Most Prized Possession: Photos of my kids.

Most Proud Achievement: Not letting auto immune disease define my life.

Happiest Memory: The births of my kids.

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: Win the lottery and become rich but live like a homeless, in other words…be a wandering nomad, setting up camp in the mountains, and running in and with nature for the rest of my days.

Greatest Adventure:  In Colorado, going off the trail, taking a “shortcut” (DON’T DO THIS, KIDS!!) and almost falling off the side of a mountain as the terrain got very steep, climbing and grasping (sometimes loose) boulders….very frightening situation and also the most memorable adventure.


Least Liked Subject: Chemistry, Philosophy, and Political Science.

Least Liked Household Chore: Dusting above the kitchen cabinets.

Pet Peeve(s): When people are inconsiderate.

Greatest Fear: Losing my loved ones too soon.


Book Currently Reading: May I Be Happy (A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind) and Prophet’s Prey.

Hobbies: When I have time- reading (I like memoirs) and watching movies (especially documentaries).

Collections: Material possessions mean nothing to me (except photos).

What’s next: A spring 100



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Featured Runner “Eric Shebesta” December 2016

frontpageEric Shebesta (in his own words): I’m just an average guy. I grew up in Colorado and relocated to Missouri in 2001. I’ve been married to my wife, Lori for 23 years.  Ever since I was a kid I was always in awe of endurance sports, such as the Tour de France, Ironman, etc. Although I never followed these sports, I quit smoking about 10 years ago and wanted to improve my fitness. I began running a little bit and decided I wanted to run a marathon. While training for that, I began to enjoy running more. After completing a couple of marathons, I began running trails. I had no idea where one would find trail races. I came across a Featured Athlete article in Hammer Nutrition’s newsletter, that athlete was Eric Steele. It mentioned his FlatRock race. I sent Eric an email, and he sent me an invitation to FlatRock. After emailing Eric a couple of times with questions, he was kind enough to call me and answer all of my questions about trail running and ultras. That was my introduction to ultras. My wife Lori soon picked up running as well, and now its’s something we can do together, entering events together and taking turns crewing each other.


Date of Birth: November 11, 1966

Place of Birth: Denver, Colorado

Currently Residing:  Rogersville, Missouri

Marital Status: Married

Job(s): Cabinet maker/plant supervisor

Children: Two, Baillie and Michael

Height: 5’6”

Weight: 160 lbs.

Shoe Size: 9

Best Physical Feature: Eyes

Worst Physical Feature: Gut

Religion: Christian

Political Affiliation: Disappointed

Educational Background: High School

Personal Strength(s): Determination

Personal Weakness(es): Impatient

Make Of Car You Drive: Ford F-150

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: Ford F-150 newer model

Pets: 1 Miniature Pincher


Favorite Author: Don’t have one

Favorite Book: Can’t pick just one

Favorite Non-running Magazine: Non-running, don’t have one

Favorite Movie: Have several, No Country for Old Men and Tombstone are a couple

Favorite TV Show: Modern Family

Favorite Actor/Actress: Robert De Niro

Favorite Music: Classic Rock

Favorite Musical Performer: several, U2, their old stuff(albums like The Joshua Tree and War) but don’t care for their new stuff

Favorite Time Of Day: Early morning

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Gym shorts

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Spending time with family

Favorite Running Shoe: Hoka Challanger

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Lots of coffee, oatmeal, and bananas

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Fruit/tailwind

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Pizza

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): My wife Lori and daughter Baillie

Favorite Place To Run: Busiek State Forest, Missouri and Hobbs State Park, Arkanasas

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Dirt

Favorite Famous Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!” –Wayne Gretzky


Number of Years Running Ultras: 3

Number of Ultras Finished:  9

Best Ultra Performance(s): Flatrock 50K, 2014

Most Memorable Ultra: My first Prairie Spirit 50 Mile, 2014

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: 4-5 runs/week, approximately 50 miles/week

Injuries: Stress Fracture and PF

Ultrarunning Idol: Anybody who struggles and digs deep to finish an ultra, you see great accomplishments all the time. If you really want to see resilient people, stick around towards the end of an ultra.

Why Do You Run Ultras:  Challenges, camaraderie, and the sense of accomplishment

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Prepare to the best of your ability, do not compare your training to others and sell yourself short. It’s a journey filled with obstacles, difficulties, and a bit of suffering but remember to have fun.


Personal Hero: My daughter, Baillie

Personal Philosophy:  Never stop

Short-Term Goal: Stay injury free

Long-Term Goal: Again, stay injury free

Most Prized Possession: Too many to mention

Most Proud Achievement: Raising 2 wonderful kids

Happiest Memory: Welcoming my kids into this world

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: Pace Jim Walmsley at Western States 2017

Greatest Adventure:  Fox hunting in England


Least Liked Subject: Science

Least Liked Household Chore: Dishes

Pet Peeve(s): People talking with food in their mouth and the jackass that needs to take up 3 parking spaces with his truck


Book Currently Reading: Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzler

Collections: Race shirts

What’s next: Back 40 Trail Run Bella Vista, Arkansas

bottomarticleEric, with his ultrarunning
wife, Lori, hot on his heels!



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Featured Runner “Jana Patzkowski Graham” November 2016

janarunJana Graham (in her own words): I didn’t start running until after I turned 50 and really didn’t run much outside of races until after my first marathon, the Half and Half in Tulsa in 2012. I met all of these wonderful, crazy people that were running things called “ultras” and it sounded like such an adventure that I just had to join in! I found that running is something I’m halfway decent at, and it provides me with meditation time. My husband and non-running friends think I’m crazy, but I think ultrarunning keeps me sane. So, I will keep going as long as I can.


Date of Birth: April 13, 1961

Place of Birth: Bartlesville, OK

Currently Residing: Bartlesville, OK

Marital Status: Married to my best friend, Alan.

Job(s): Occupational Therapy Assistant

Children: 2, my son Carl, who lives in Tulsa with his wife Ashley, and my daughter Toma, who lives in heaven.

Height: 5’6″-ish

Weight: 135-ish

Shoe Size: 7- 8, depending on the shoe.

Best Physical Feature: Smile, I guess.

Worst Physical Feature: So many things I could list, but I am working on loving ALL of me instead of focusing on negatives!

Religion: Christian

Educational Background: A.A.S. Occupational Therapy

Personal Strength(s): My ability to start over, no matter how often.

Personal Weakness(es): Feeling like I’m not good enough.

Make Of Car You Drive: Toyota RAV4

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: I would like to ride my Suzuki GSXR1000 more often.

Pets: 3 cats, Cashmere, Caramel, and Moto


Favorite Author: Stephen King

Favorite Book: Clan of the Cave Bear

Favorite Non-running Magazine: Crossword puzzles

Favorite Movie: Young Frankenstein

Favorite TV Show: Survivor

Favorite Actor/Actress: Johnny Depp/Sandra Bullock

Favorite Music: Rock

Favorite Musical Performer: KISS (best.show.ever.)

Favorite Artist: Any 5 year old

Favorite Spectator Sport: Motorcycle races

Favorite Subject in School: History

Favorite Game: Words with Friends

Favorite Vacation Destination: Cozumel,Mexico

Favorite Time Of Day: Early early mornings

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Running clothes

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Riding motorcycles

Favorite Running Shoe: Altra Olympus

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Beer/Pizza

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Beer/Pizza

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Beer/Pizza!!!!

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): Bryan Carpenter and Mike Rives, of course!! Together we are The 3 Amigos running club.

Favorite Place To Run: Everywhere!

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Trails

Favorite Famous Quote: “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” -Dr. Seuss


Number of Years Running Ultras: 3-4

Number of Ultras Finished: 20 (as of 9/24)

Best Ultra Performance(s): Any one that I finish, because I learn something on each one.

Most Memorable Ultra: My first, Pumpkin Holler 50k in 2013. Because I didn’t know about “training”, didn’t know what to expect, and everything just felt “right”.

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: Varies, sometimes lots of long runs, sometimes cross training.

Injuries: Toenails usually, most recently a severely herniated disc.

Ultrarunning Idol: Kathy Hoover

Why Do You Run Ultras: To defeat that voice inside of me that tells me I’m not enough; to think about everything; to feel everything.

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Run YOUR race, believe in yourself, and just do it!


Personal Hero: My husband

Personal Philosophy: If you only choose the things you KNOW you can do, it isn’t a challenge!

Short-Term Goal: Getting my back healthy again.

Long-Term Goal: Staying healthy

Most Prized Possession: My health

Most Proud Achievement: My first 100 mile finish, Prairie Spirit.

Happiest Memory: Every memory of watching my son grow up!

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: Hiking in Ireland and Scotland for at least a month.

Greatest Adventure: Diving Palancar Reef


Least Liked Subject: Math

Least Liked Household Chore: Dusting

Pet Peeve(s): People texting and driving

Greatest Fear: Losing my son


Book Currently Reading: The Book of God

Hobbies: Lately I’ve really been getting into the paint/drinking parties! (I’m better at the drinking part)

Collections: Race bling/bibs!

janafriendsJana with two of her best ultrarunning clowns (pals):
Bryan Carpenter & Mike Reeves.

janaJana the trail ultarunning “badass”…all smiles and proudly
 her 2016 FlatRock Triple Crown Award!


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Featured Runner “Tom Rogers” October 2016

flatrock101k-2015-0660-xlTom Rogers (in his own words): I am an ordinary 45 year old man whom serves an extraordinary God. I was introduced to running as a teen and was a very average cross country runner. As a young adult, I began my downward spiral of drug and alcohol abuse, eventually living in my car for a period of time. At age 37, I heard a voice from the heavens that announced my death within 24 hours and a last chance for life. I took the haunting, yet clear words and never looked back. I began trimming down my 250 lb. frame to run further and further. Today, I am 7 years sober and my life is ripe with the fruits of being conscious of the need to be obedient to God and living a purpose filled life. I am at the service of my fellow man to walk alongside them in hardship and struggle, because hardship and struggle is the pathway to peace.


Date of Birth:  August 31st, 1971

Place of Birth: Joplin, MO

Currently Residing:  Joplin, MO

Marital Status: My best friend, Valerie Rogers

Job(s): President of Twelveone Race Management and Marketing, Founder at Anywhere.Run, and Managing Director of The Red Sea Fitness Team

Children: Olivia and Tyler Rogers (both driving now)

Height: 6’1

Weight: 200

Shoe Size: 12.5

Best Physical Feature: Calves

Worst Physical Feature: I’m hot everywhere

Religion: Indebted to Jesus Christ

Political Affiliation: Trump Train

Educational Background: College Dropout

Personal Strength(s): Discernment

Personal Weakness(es): Temperament

Make Of Car You Drive: 1995 GMC Sonoma

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: 1995 GMC Sonoma

Pets: Puck Rogers (like him on Facebook)


Favorite Author: Brennan Manning

Favorite Book: The Message Bible

Favorite Non-running Magazine: The Big Nickel

Favorite Movie: A River Runs Through It

Favorite TV Show: House

Favorite Actor/Actress: Andy Griffith

Favorite Music: British/English Rock

Favorite Musical Performer: Keane

Favorite Artist: Bob Ross

Favorite Spectator Sport: Volleyball

Favorite Subject in School: History

Favorite Game: Hiding my wife’s sunglasses

Favorite Vacation Destination: Fort Walton Beach, FL

Favorite Time Of Day: Early AM

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Run shirt and gym shorts (my business suit)

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Work

Favorite Running Shoe: Hoka Bondi

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Biscuit and gravy

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Almost frozen Coke

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): Not Brian Smith

Favorite Place To Run: Through violent neighborhoods

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Technical trail

Favorite Famous Quote: God’s greatest victories arise from the graves of apparent defeat


Number of Years Running Ultras: 3

Number of Ultras Finished:  12

Best Ultra Performance(s): Prairie Spirit 50 miler chasing Michael Mora

Most Memorable Ultra: 2015 Flatrock 101K for many reasons

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: 50-60 miles in about my top end

Injuries: Been struggling mentally with training for most of 2016, but beginning to get the mind fresh again for the ultra-battles.

Ultrarunning Idol(s): Pete Kostelnick, Nathan Sicher, Iron Will Sprouse, Zach Adams, Eric Steele

Why Do You Run Ultras:  It was better than drinking myself to death

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Fear is only a word


Personal Hero: Jesus Christ

Personal Philosophy:  Give life a bruise

Short-Term Goal: 100 miler in the spring of 2017

Long-Term Goal: Run across the United States starting on my 50th birthday

Most Prized Possession: Valerie Rogers

Most Proud Achievement: Notes from my children about how I have impacted them

Happiest Memory: Mom’s cancer went into remission

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: It’s no secret. I desire my ministry and my companies to go worldwide.

Greatest Adventure:  Raising children


Least Liked Subject: Endless, pointless, and awkward chit chat

Least Liked Household Chore: I love chores

Pet Peeve(s): Laziness

Greatest Fear: That my mouth won’t stop what my mind is thinking


Book Currently Reading: Start Where You Are

Hobbies: Taking care of business

Collections: Stuff people sit by the side of the road

What’s next: It will involve running

flatrock101k-2015-4750-xl-1Post race bliss for Tom, family & crew/pacers at his 2015 FlatRock 101K finish.


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