Travis McWhorter (in his own words): I started running in 2012 shortly after adopting a stray Siberian husky. I quit smoking and got in shape because of that dog. Now I own two and we love to run. I’m currently enrolled as a senior at the University of New Mexico and hoping to land a job/career in the GIS field. I’m engaged to a beautiful woman, Jen Ogden. We met while racing. Other than that, I have a deep passion for running and exploring the great outdoors. Life is good!
Date of Birth: August 31, 1986
Place of Birth: Overland Park, Kansas
Currently Residing: Sandia Park, New Mexico
Marital Status: Engaged
Job(s): Full-Time Student
Weight: 139 lbs.
Shoe Size: 10.5 – 11
Best Physical Feature: My eyes
Worst Physical Feature: My nose, it’s crooked
Educational Background: Some college
Personal Strength(s): Seeing the good in the bad.
Personal Weakness(es): Being too harsh.
Make Of Car You Drive: Subaru Outback
Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: Mercedes Sprinter Van
Pets: Shiva & Cab the adventure huskies, Penny the whippet, and our two cats Oreo & Zion. We have a zoo.
Favorite Book: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction
Favorite TV Show: Maron (currently)
Favorite Actor/Actress: Leonardo DiCaprio
Favorite Music: Indie-rock
Favorite Musical Performer: Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer)
Favorite Spectator Sport: Track and college basketball
Favorite Subject in School: Geography
Favorite Vacation Destination: The Rocky Mountains
Favorite Time Of Day: The PM golden hour
Favorite Item Of Clothing: Any visor
Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Reading
Favorite Running Shoe: Altra Lone Peak 3.0
Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Bagels and coffee
Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Hammer Nutrition’s HEED and Gel
Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Vegan protein powder and pizza
Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): My parents and Jen. Bryan Hay also gets a special “shout out” because he was my first and only pacer at my first 100 miler.
Favorite Place To Run: Anywhere the terrain and elevation varies but particularly the southwest mountain region.
Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Mountainous in the summer and desert in the winter.
Favorite Famous Quote: “You don’t have to be fast. But you’d better be fearless.” – Christopher McDougall
Number of Years Running Ultras: 4
Number of Ultras Finished: 20
Best Ultra Performance(s): 2016 Antelope Canyon 55K
Most Memorable Ultra: 2014 Jemez Mountain 50 Miler, an unexpected blizzard/whiteout blew in and that was my first taste of true mountain weather. They called the race. Many people were hypothermic, one woman was even found wrapped around a ski lift pole shivering and mumbling incoherently.
Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: Generally I start to taper 2-3 weeks out and keep my runs at an easy, comfortable pace.
Injuries: Achilles tendonitis, Sesamoiditis, and stress fracture in my foot. While frustrating, I’m thankful for all of my injuries, as they’ve revealed a weakness.
Ultrarunning Idol: Anyone who loves and contributes to this sport.
Why Do You Run Ultras: I run ultras because of how they make me feel, for the challenge, and the places I get to see. There’s nothing like them!
Advice For Other Ultrarunners: I’m not sure I should be giving out advice, but if I were, I’d say don’t rush the distances. Incrementally step up to longer/harder races in a natural progression. Don’t force it because of fear of missing out. This sport is all about patience and learning about you.
ACHIEVEMENTS / GOALS / MEMORIES
Personal Hero(s): My parents.
Personal Philosophy: Be kind, what you send out, you get back.
Short-Term Goal: Get my undergrad, get married, and move to Colorado.
Long-Term Goal: Run for as long as possible and live a meaningful, inspired life.
Most Prized Possession: My car. I bought when it had 172k miles and it’s now at 207k. My dad and I have done all the repairs and tune-ups, so a lot of love has gone into it. I’ve driven it to the Midwest, to California, through the mountains of Colorado, all without so much as a hiccup. The seats fold down and I can comfortably sleep in it while traveling. I seriously love that car!
Most Proud Achievement: Turning my life around from substance abuse and smoking a pack-a-day, to an endurance runner and Dean’s List student.
Happiest Memory: When Jen said she would move to New Mexico with me after we’d only known each other for a little over a month, back in 2012.
Secret Ambition/Fantasy: To travel the world running and exploring as many places as possible.
Greatest Adventure: Just recently my trip to Colorado with my huskies. We climbed five 14ers (Red Cloud, Sunshine Peak, Shavano, Massive, and Princeton). For less than $120 (the price of gas) we had the trip of a lifetime!
DISLIKES / FEARS
Least Liked Household Chore: Vacuuming. While the task itself isn’t so bad, it’s the tedious work of moving furniture out of the way each time. Ha-ha.
Pet Peeve(s): Loud breathing at rest.
Greatest Fear: To die without accomplishing anything meaningful or bringing any value to the human race.
Book Currently Reading: Lost in the Wild, by Cary Griffith (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
Hobbies: Hiking, sampling craft beer, growing plants, exploring, automotive repair, riding motorcycles, wildlife watching, and cooking.
Collections: Altra shoes J
What’s next: Angeles Crest 100 Mile and Mogollon Mon
Travis hanging out with his beloved adventure huskies, Shiva & Cab, at
the summit of Sunshine Peak, CO (14,006 ft.) in the San Juan Mountains.