Featured Runner “Tom Rogers” October 2016

flatrock101k-2015-0660-xlTom Rogers (in his own words): I am an ordinary 45 year old man whom serves an extraordinary God. I was introduced to running as a teen and was a very average cross country runner. As a young adult, I began my downward spiral of drug and alcohol abuse, eventually living in my car for a period of time. At age 37, I heard a voice from the heavens that announced my death within 24 hours and a last chance for life. I took the haunting, yet clear words and never looked back. I began trimming down my 250 lb. frame to run further and further. Today, I am 7 years sober and my life is ripe with the fruits of being conscious of the need to be obedient to God and living a purpose filled life. I am at the service of my fellow man to walk alongside them in hardship and struggle, because hardship and struggle is the pathway to peace.


Date of Birth:  August 31st, 1971

Place of Birth: Joplin, MO

Currently Residing:  Joplin, MO

Marital Status: My best friend, Valerie Rogers

Job(s): President of Twelveone Race Management and Marketing, Founder at Anywhere.Run, and Managing Director of The Red Sea Fitness Team

Children: Olivia and Tyler Rogers (both driving now)

Height: 6’1

Weight: 200

Shoe Size: 12.5

Best Physical Feature: Calves

Worst Physical Feature: I’m hot everywhere

Religion: Indebted to Jesus Christ

Political Affiliation: Trump Train

Educational Background: College Dropout

Personal Strength(s): Discernment

Personal Weakness(es): Temperament

Make Of Car You Drive: 1995 GMC Sonoma

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: 1995 GMC Sonoma

Pets: Puck Rogers (like him on Facebook)


Favorite Author: Brennan Manning

Favorite Book: The Message Bible

Favorite Non-running Magazine: The Big Nickel

Favorite Movie: A River Runs Through It

Favorite TV Show: House

Favorite Actor/Actress: Andy Griffith

Favorite Music: British/English Rock

Favorite Musical Performer: Keane

Favorite Artist: Bob Ross

Favorite Spectator Sport: Volleyball

Favorite Subject in School: History

Favorite Game: Hiding my wife’s sunglasses

Favorite Vacation Destination: Fort Walton Beach, FL

Favorite Time Of Day: Early AM

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Run shirt and gym shorts (my business suit)

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Work

Favorite Running Shoe: Hoka Bondi

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Biscuit and gravy

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Almost frozen Coke

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): Not Brian Smith

Favorite Place To Run: Through violent neighborhoods

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Technical trail

Favorite Famous Quote: God’s greatest victories arise from the graves of apparent defeat


Number of Years Running Ultras: 3

Number of Ultras Finished:  12

Best Ultra Performance(s): Prairie Spirit 50 miler chasing Michael Mora

Most Memorable Ultra: 2015 Flatrock 101K for many reasons

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: 50-60 miles in about my top end

Injuries: Been struggling mentally with training for most of 2016, but beginning to get the mind fresh again for the ultra-battles.

Ultrarunning Idol(s): Pete Kostelnick, Nathan Sicher, Iron Will Sprouse, Zach Adams, Eric Steele

Why Do You Run Ultras:  It was better than drinking myself to death

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Fear is only a word


Personal Hero: Jesus Christ

Personal Philosophy:  Give life a bruise

Short-Term Goal: 100 miler in the spring of 2017

Long-Term Goal: Run across the United States starting on my 50th birthday

Most Prized Possession: Valerie Rogers

Most Proud Achievement: Notes from my children about how I have impacted them

Happiest Memory: Mom’s cancer went into remission

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: It’s no secret. I desire my ministry and my companies to go worldwide.

Greatest Adventure:  Raising children


Least Liked Subject: Endless, pointless, and awkward chit chat

Least Liked Household Chore: I love chores

Pet Peeve(s): Laziness

Greatest Fear: That my mouth won’t stop what my mind is thinking


Book Currently Reading: Start Where You Are

Hobbies: Taking care of business

Collections: Stuff people sit by the side of the road

What’s next: It will involve running

flatrock101k-2015-4750-xl-1Post race bliss for Tom, family & crew/pacers at his 2015 FlatRock 101K finish.

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