Featured Runner “Travis McWhorter” August 2016

travis_PC_Jim_SteinTravis 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!

THE BASICS

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

Children: 0

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 139 lbs.

Shoe Size: 10.5 – 11

Best Physical Feature: My eyes

Worst Physical Feature: My nose, it’s crooked

Religion: Buddhism

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.

FAVORITES

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

ULTRA STUFF

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.

SPARE TIME

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_huskies_CO_tripTravis hanging out with his beloved adventure huskies, Shiva & Cab, at
the summit of Sunshine Peak, CO (14,006 ft.) in the San Juan Mountains.

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