Featured Runner “Lori Shebesta” January 2019

Lori Shebesta (in her own words): I grew up in Colorado and met my husband, Eric, my senior year of high school. Together we raised two amazing kids, and we are proud grandparents of our three year old grandson Carson. My ultra-running journey started after being inspired watching Eric run his first ultra. Through running ultras I have gained self-confidence, which is something I have struggled with throughout my life. That plays a big role in my motivation to push myself. I look forward to meeting my goals in the coming year and continuing this journey as long as I am able.


Date of Birth: July 7, 1973

Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri

Currently Residing:  Rogersville, Missouri

Marital Status: Married to Eric Shebesta.

Job(s): 17 years with Bass Pro Shops.

Children: Baillie Shebesta and Michael Shebesta

Height: 5’4”

Weight: LOL

Shoe Size: 10

Best Physical Feature: Eyes

Worst Physical Feature: Feet

Religion: Christian

Political Affiliation: I hate politics.

Educational Background: High school graduate.

Personal Strength(s): Self-motivated and strong determination.

Personal Weakness(es): Cursing

Make Of Car You Drive: Ford Fusion

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: Ford Edge

Pets: 1 Miniature Pinscher named Jax.


Favorite Author: I like to read, but I don’t necessarily have a favorite author.

Favorite Book: I read different things, but I don’t have a favorite book.

Favorite Non-running Magazine: Prevention

Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias

Favorite TV Show: Fixer Upper

Favorite Actor/Actress: Sandra Bullock and Robert De Niro.

Favorite Music: Rock

Favorite Musical Performer: Bono

Favorite Artist: U2

Favorite Spectator Sport: Youth, high school, and college wrestling and tennis.

Favorite Subject in School: English

Favorite Game: Super Scrabble

Favorite Vacation Destination: I haven’t been there yet.

Favorite Time Of Day: Early morning.

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Moccasins

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Spending time outside.

Favorite Running Shoe: Altra Olympus

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Coffee and oatmeal.

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Bagels and root beer.

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Tacos and tequila.

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): My husband Eric and daughter Baillie.

Favorite Place To Run: Trails at Busiek State Park.

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Trail

Favorite Famous Quote: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela


Number of Years Running Ultras: 4

Number of Ultras Finished: 13

Best Ultra Performance(s): The Kansas Rails to Trails 50 miler in 2018.

Lori cruising along on the Prairie Spirit Trail!

Most Memorable Ultra: Flatrock 101K in 2018.

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: Average of 40 miles per week.

Injuries: None

Ultrarunning Idol: Everyone who runs them.

Why Do You Run Ultras:  To push myself mentally and physically and to be outdoors.

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: I’m still learning myself, but what I try to do is to take something new from each experience/run and use that to build upon for the next.


Personal Hero: My daughter Baillie.

Personal Philosophy:  “Life is short, do whatever makes you fucking happy.”

Short-Term Goal: 100 miles.

Long-Term Goal: I need to make one.

Most Prized Possession: My foot massager.

Most Proud Achievement: Crossing the finish line of Flatrock 101K in April of 2018.

Happiest Memory: The birth of my children.

Greatest Adventure:  Pacing my husband Eric, when at Bandera 100K, in Texas hill country.


Least Liked Subject: Politics

Least Liked Household Chore: Cleaning bathrooms.

Pet Peeve(s): Complaining


Book Currently Reading: How to Make Sh*t Happen, by Sean Whalen.

Hobbies: Shopping with my daughter, playing scrabble, bird watching.

Collections: Race t-shirts.

What’s Next: Heartland 50 mile and whatever I can squeeze in before then.

Lori “very focused” at FlatRock!

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