Featured Runner “Bob Hall” June 2017

Meet Bob Hall, married to Cathy Schmalz Hall, father of three children, Robert, Jessica & Matt. Grandfather of four of Jessica’s children; Aubrey, Jordan, Micah & Jalen. Bob’s first long run (to him) was a Half Marathon in 2011, he ran with his daughter Jessica, in Warrensburg Missouri, where he ran the whole race and finished without walking. Bob has continued to run…and the distances have grown. He is now up to 15 ultras, including several 100 Milers, in just a few short years. Working full time as an Exterminator and fitting some runs in during the week keep him very busy. His wife Cathy has been an exceptional supporter of his craziness and has never told him not to run a race. Bob’s motto is; “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”.


Date of Birth: 12/01/1956

Place of Birth: Independence, MO

Currently Residing:  Kansas City, KS

Marital Status:  Married

Job(s): Marine, Meat packer, Exterminator

Children: Robert, Jessica, & Matt. Grand children: Aubrey, Jordan, Micah, & Jalen

Height: 6ft. 4in.

Weight: 185 lbs.

Shoe Size: 13

Best Physical Feature: Height

Worst Physical Feature: Teeth

Religion: Christian

Political Affiliation: Conservative

Educational Background: 2 years’ college

Personal Strength(s): I can talk to just about anybody.

Personal Weakness(es): I always want more.

Make Of Car You Drive: Chevy

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: Viper

Pets: Not now


Favorite Author: God

Favorite Book: Bible

Favorite Non-Running Magazine: Bow Hunting

Favorite Movie: Full Metal Jacket

Favorite TV Show: Cops

Favorite Actor/Actress: Al Pacino

Favorite Music: Rock

Favorite Musical Performer: Jim Morrison

Favorite Artist: Norman Rockwell

Favorite Spectator Sport: Football

Favorite Subject in School:  Art

Favorite Game: Golf

Favorite Time Of Day: Morning

Favorite Item Of Clothing:  Jeans

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: People watching.

Favorite Running Shoe: Salomon

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Water/ Oatmeal

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Water/ U-Can

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Beet juice

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): Matt Hall

Favorite Place To Run: Wyandotte County Lake

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Dirt


Number of Years Running Ultras: 3

Number of Ultras Finished:  15

Best Ultra Performance(s): 50 miler @ Prairie Spirit 9:35, Prairie Spirit 100 miler 23:24

Most Memorable Ultra: Flatrock 101K, 2017 (Check out some of Bob’s “Go Pro” footage)




Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: 30 miles

Injuries: Two back surgeries, torn Rotator cuff, & detached bicep tendon.

Ultra-running Idol: Zack Bitter

Why Do You Run Ultras:  To face an ever changing set of circumstances.

Advice for Other Ultra runners: Do what you can’t.


Personal Hero: Dad

Personal Philosophy:  Always give 110%

Short-Term Goal: Finish Barkley’s Fall Classic.

Long-Term Goal: Hike to EBC

Most Prized Possession: My Salvation

Most Proud Achievement: First Pope & Young Whitetail I shot with my bow.

Happiest Memory: Seeing my oldest son get off the plane coming back from Iraq.

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: Play the guitar like Jimmy Hendricks.

Greatest Adventure:  USMC


Least Liked Subject: Math

Least Liked Household Chore: Pull weeds.

Pet Peeve(s): Lazy people

Greatest Fear: God


Book Currently Reading: The Harbinger

Hobbies: Running & Golf

Collections: Wildlife trophies.

What’s next: Barkley’s Fall Classic

Bob w/his wife Cathy, and son, Matthew, after his Hawk 100 Mile finish!

2 Responses to “Featured Runner “Bob Hall” June 2017”

  1. Bill

    I love hearing about older runners running ultras. I’m 57 and hope to complete my first 50K this year. Here are some more questions for Bob:

    1. Have you always been thin or within a healthy weight? Were you ever highly overweight?
    2. Did you ever smoke or drink too much for an extended period of time in your life?
    3. What kind of training schedule for a 50K would you follow? A typical one you’d find on the web or would it be age appropriate?
    4. What do you eat typically in a day while training?
    5. Have you run your whole life?
    6. What are some things you’d tell yourself to do differently if you were running your first 50K?

    I’m sure I got 100 more questions but that’s it for now.

    Thanks, I appreciate all the info you provide. Great stuff!


  2. Mark E. Foster SR

    You the man! Great job!

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