Featured Runner “Bryan Carpenter” December 2017

Bryan Carpenter (in his own words): I am a father of four and am happily married to my best friend Trisha for 10+ years. I want to publicly acknowledge her for always being by my side encouraging me to be the best I can. She sometimes doesn’t like the torture/agony I afflict on myself to accomplish some of these grueling races; however, she is always there to put me back together. Knowing I have a wonderful family and a terrific “base”, gives me the confidence that I can conquer anything.

Why do I run? I run to burn off that extra energy. Some would say to “run off the crazy”. Whatever it may be called, it keeps me calm. I also like to run for the challenge and the bling. I enjoy looking at a race where the DNF percentage is high and the bling is shiny. It makes me want to conquer a specific race. Also, through running, I want to be an example for my children that through preparation, hard work, and determination they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.


Date of Birth: October 27th

Place of Birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Currently Residing:  Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Marital Status: Married

Job(s): Meter Servicer (your friendly neighborhood cut-off man)

Children: Yes (4)

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 162

Shoe Size: 12

Best Physical Feature: Buttocks

Worst Physical Feature: Feet

Religion: Christian

Political Affiliation: Conservative

Educational Background: Associates Degree

Personal Strength(s): My drive

Personal Weakness(es): Not sensitive enough/ lack adequate empathy.

Make Of Car You Drive: Fiat Abarth Turbo

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: Luxurious Mercedes

Pets: Yes (four kids).


Favorite Author: None

Favorite Book: None

Favorite Non-running Magazine: Cycle World/Motorcyclist

Favorite Movie: Gladiator

Favorite TV Show: Fixer Upper

Favorite Actor/Actress: Jack Nicholson

Favorite Music: Anything but Rap.

Favorite Musical Performer: Van Halen

Favorite Artist: Adele

Favorite Spectator Sport: Football

Favorite Subject in School: Trigonometry

Favorite Game: Uno

Favorite Vacation Destination: Any Caribbean cruise.

Favorite Time Of Day: Night time (snuggle time).

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Birthday suit.

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Kayaking

Favorite Running Shoe: Hoka

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Pizza

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Hotdogs, hamburgers, potato soup, biscuits and gravy, BACON, grilled cheese, gumbo, Raman noodles, pizza, more bacon, waffles, eggs, etc.

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Breakfast

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): Jana Graham and Mike Rives

Jana Graham, Mike Rives & Bryan Carpenter – The Three Amigos

Favorite Place To Run: Turkey Mountain

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Dirt

Favorite Famous Quote: “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius.  Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”


Number of Years Running Ultras: 5

Number of Ultras Finished:  20+

Best Ultra Performance(s): Cloudsplitter 100 Mile (I finished).

Most Memorable Ultra: FlatRock 101K

Bryan cruising through one of many water crossings at the FlatRock 101K.

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: Taper Week/Eat Carbs.

Injuries: None

Ultrarunning Idol: Arnold Begay

Why Do You Run Ultras: The challenge.

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Don’t be afraid to try new terrain and try something beyond your comfort zone.


Personal Hero: Anyone that overcomes adversity and comes out victorious.

Personal Philosophy:  Just Do It!

Short-Term Goal:  To rejuvenate and plan for the next ultra.

Long-Term Goal: To get the Mrs trained up to do a 50K.

Most Prized Possession: My family.

Most Proud Achievement: Recently, Cloudsplitter 100 Mile.

Happiest Memory: My honeymoon/children being born.

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: It involves a birthday suit and running.

Greatest Adventure:  This thing called Life.


Least Liked Subject: English

Least Liked Household Chore: Cleaning the toilets.

Pet Peeve(s): People that don’t pick up after themselves.

Greatest Fear: Losing my family.


Book Currently Reading: None

Hobbies: Lego building with kids.

Collections: Medals and buckles.

What’s next: Heartland/Pistol?

Another 100 Miler “in the bag” for Bryan at Prairie Spirit Trail 100!

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