About The Camp

A trail running camp that blends active and retired military personnel, civilians, and a host of experienced and amazing people (with some fast tread) from throughout the country to bind it all together.

A camp of learning about the sport of trail running and the joys of the active life. A camp to help veterans reintegrate and reconnect with the civilian life. A camp to showcase community, compassion, and the connectivity of all of us.

At this camp, you will gain an understanding of trail running techniques, hill running, nutrition, training plans and heat/hydration management from veterans of the sport.

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Elite Runners and Mentors

Alison Bryant

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Alison Bryant

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Elkin, NC
  2. Two favorite races?
    Must I pick only two? Since you are pinning me down, I will say Waldo 100k and any race in the Marin Headlands
  3. Best three performances?
    A long, long time ago I was fast and ran a 1:15:14 half marathon at Parkersburg Half Marathon.
    More recently, I placed 2nd in the La Sportiva Mountain Cup in 2012 and 2013. Sixth at North Face Endurance Challenge CA in 2011.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    The trails at Doughton Park
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Gels for races under 5 hours, add in solid food like bananas and potatoes for races over 5 hours
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    La Sportiva Helios and Bushidos
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzl Nao
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Ultimate Direction Fastdraw
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Jason taught me how to tie my shoes. Just ask and he will teach you too. :)


Personal Website: http://www.mountaingoatracing.com

Dan Vega

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Dan Vega

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Colorado Springs, CO.
  2. Two favorite races?
    Rocky Raccoon 50 mile in TX and Xterra Half Marathon in Colorado Springs, CO.
  3. Best three performances?
    Antelope Island Buffalo Run 100mile 1st (15:31) 2012, Pikes Peak Ascent 2nd 2:18, Rocky Raccoon 50mile 2nd (6:32) 2014
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Red Rocks in Colorado Springs, CO.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    A few gels, power bars, solid food when I can’t tolerate gels, chews, chomps and have knows to survive on Oreos at the last quarter of a 100 mile.
  6. Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond (100 lumens)
  7. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    What I have at home, nothing particular. Have used plain clear water bottles from the store that I can squeeze the air out of.
  8. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    “I believe in you but you must believe in yourself”


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Dave Brown

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Dave Brown

  1. I live in Boerne, TX, run up and down the one hill in town. Once a week at my favorite local(45min away) state park, Government Canyon.
  2. My 2 favorite races would be any of the Bandera races , pure tx hill country, & Massanuten 100- best aid stations I’ve ever been a part of.
  3. My best race performances are 2013 Big Bend 50k 3:40, 2012 Bandera 50k 4:04, 2014 Kettle Moraine 100 18:35
  4. If I had to pick a favorite trail it would be Guadalupe Peak trail.
  5. I usually stick with plain Gu gels and water during races and training, but I’m still trying new products hoping to find magic in a wrapper.
  6. Saucony Kinvara is my staple
  7. Petzl has been making headlamps longer than most. My 7 yr old one has not let me down.
  8. I use Nathan hand helds.
  9. I have gotten a lot of obscure advice over the years. The best advice that I have received is to be patient in races. Save some for the last quarter.


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Dominic Grossman

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Dominic Grossman

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Los Angeles, CA, and the San Gabriels and Sierra Nevadas
  2. Two favorite races?
    Angeles Crest 100 and Hardrock 100 (and Western States 100(
  3. Best three performances?
    2 wins at Angeles Crest, 7:02 Sean O’Brien 50 mi
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    PCT through Wrightwood-Islip on the AC100 course
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Gels, recovery drink, waffles
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    New Balance 1400
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzl Myo XP
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Ultimate Direction AK race pack
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    “Everyone else is suffering too, don’t stress out when it gets ugly. Believe in yourself.”


Personal Website: http://dominicgrossman.com

Jason Bryant

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Jason Bryant

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live out in the country near Dobson and Elkin, North Carolina. I run around the area mostly and most days part of my running is done with the high school kids that I coach.
  2. Two favorite races?
    Gorski Marathon in Slovenia and 2011 IAU World Trail Challenge in Ireland. I like hard courses; technical footing and elevation gain and loss.
  3. Best three performances?
    Mt. Mitchell Challenge 2010 – 1st, Moab Trail Marathon 2012 – 3rd, North Face Atlanta 50 Mile – 2nd
    Also 11 times 3rd place finish at USA Mountain Ultra Trail Championships ranging from Trail 10K to 100K from 2007 to 2014.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    I call my favorite trail system Longbottom. That is the parking for the trailhead. The place Doughton Park and there are several trails that link to foothills of Longbottom up the mountainside to the Blue Ridge Parkway. My two favorite trails there are Flat Rock Ridge and Bluff Ridge Primitive Trail.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    I’m not the most picky. For gels I use Honey Stinger. I’ve eaten sandwiches, fruits, potatoes, candy, and pizza in ultras. I eat whatever my stomach ask for at the time.
  6. Favorite running shoes? La Sportiva Helios
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzel Nao
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Handheld with a body bottle is my main hydration. When using a vest I wear the Ultimate Direction AK Race Vest 2.0
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Remember it is just running through the woods in your underwear. –Rex Mitchell
    Make your recovery days easier, recovery. Make your hard days truly hard and fast. -Simon Gutierrez.


Personal Website: http://lifethroughtheeyeofarunner.blogspot.com

Joe Uhan

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Joe Uhan

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Eugene, OR
  2. Two favorite races?
    Western States 100 (Auburn, CA), Autumn Leaves 50/50 (Saint Paul, OR)
  3. Best three performances?
    2012 Western States (9th, 16:13), 2013 Lake Sonoma 50 (7th, 6:41), 2014 Waldo 100K (2nd, 9:29)
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    McKenzie River Trail – 26 miles of rolling single track along the McKenzie River in Central Oregon
    Three Sisters Circumnavigation – a 44-mile loop (+ 6 miles to and from) of Cascadian high-country trail – including the Green Lakes and Pacific Crest Trail – around the Three Sisters Mountains in Central Oregon
    Western States Trail – the first fifty, and the last 20…oh, hell, all of it!
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Mostly gels and soda, with the occasional banana or potato mixed in.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Pearl Izumi E-Motion line: all of ‘em, but namely the N2-Trail for trail running and racing.
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    There’s a lot of spiffy ones out there, but the Black Diamond Sprinter is the Honda Civic of lights: powerful, reliable and long-lasting.
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    I’ve tried everything. My latest favorite? A bottle riding in the back of my compression shorts waistband!
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    “It’s ALL in the hips!”


Personal Website: http://joeuhan.blogspot.com

Katie DeSplinter

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Katie DeSplinter

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Los Angeles, CA – Santa Monica & San Gabriel Mountains; Eastern Sierras
  2. Two favorite races?
    Sorry, picking 3. Hardrock 100, Angeles Crest 100 & Western States 100 are every summer events for me, whether I’m racing, pacing or volunteering.
  3. Best three performances?
    Sub-24 silver buckle at Western States 100; getting my first DNF at the Ozark Trail 100 & winning it on my next try; a win & PR at this year’s Bishop High Sierra 50 miler (high & hot!).
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    The PCT between Wrightwood & Islip Saddle in the Angeles National Forest
  5. What do you eat during races?
    PowerBar PowerGels, PowerBar Recovery Drink & avocados
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    New Balance 1400v2
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzl MyoXP
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Amphipod handhelds
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Don’t pull your shorts all the way down to pee. Master the art of the split-shorts-scootch to the side. Ladies, you’re welcome.


Personal Website: http://breakingexcellent.blogspot.com

Liza Howard

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Liza Howard

  1. Where do you live and run?
    San Antonio, Texas
  2. Two favorite races?
    Rocky Raccoon 100 and Leadville 100
  3. Best three performances?
    Umstead 100 15:07
    Rocky Raccoon 100 15:33
    Bandera 100k 9:35
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Wildcat Canyon in Government Canyon State Natural Area
  5. What do you eat during races?
    I drink Tailwind and supplement with gels.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    New Balance 1400s
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzl NAO
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    UltrAspire Spry
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Find a comfortable pace at the beginning of a race and then run just a bit slower.


Personal Website: http://www.lizahoward.com

Lorenzo Sanchez

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Lorenzo Sanchez

  1. Where do you live and run?
    San Antonio, TX
  2. Two favorite races?
    Bandera 100K, Jemez 50mi
  3. Best three performances?
    Cactus Rose 2012, Bandera 2008, Rocky Raccoon 2013
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Crest Trail, Sacramento Mountains, Lincoln National Forest, NM
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Generation Ucan, Gels, Sprite/Coke
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Saucony Peregrine
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    LED Lenser
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Camelbak Podium water bottle
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Put as much effort into your recovery as you did into your run


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Matt Hart

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Matt Hart

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live in Boulder, Colorado. I run in the most beautiful mountains in our glorious country. But mostly, the Front Range, which are right out my front door.
  2. Two favorite races?
    Hardrock 100 Mile Endurance Run
  3. Best three performances?
    Nolan’s 14 2012, Colorado Trail 2010, Tahoe Rim Trail 2013
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Hardrock 100 trails in the San Juan Mountains
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Mostly First Endurance EFS liquid drink
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Montrail Fluid Flex
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond Icon
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    UltrAspire Surge backpack
  9. Most useful running running advice you’ve received?
    Run your own race.


Personal Website: http://CoachingEndurance.com

Max King

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Max King

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live in Bend, OR and run trails and roads all around the world. I love what I do.
  2. Two favorite races?
    It’s tough to narrow it down because all are so different. If I had to choose, Western States 100 and Pear Blossom 10miler in Medford, OR, my home town.
  3. Best three performances?
    Also a tough question: 2006 USATF National XC Champs 3rd, 2012 World Mtn Running Championships 1st, 2012 Olympic Trials Steeplechase 6th.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Timberline trail circumnavigation of Mt. Hood.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    GU, lots and lots of GU. Blue Pom Roctane to be precise.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Montrail FluidFlex and Montrail Max King Racer
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond Icon
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    For a vest pack, the Mountain Hardwear Fluid Race Vest Pack, for a waist pack, the UltraSpire MBS System belts are killer.
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Don’t be a sissy.


Personal Website: http://www.maximus.runnerspace.com

Meghan Arbogast

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Meghan Arbogast

  1. Where do you live and run?
    In Cool, CA – I run on the Western States trails, and many others in the Auburn State Recreation Area. I also get up into the Sierra to run.
  2. Two favorite races?
    Western States 100 and Waldo 100k
  3. Best three performances?
    World 100k Championships 7:42, Marathon 2:45, Western States 100 18:50
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Western States
  5. Blog address?
    www.runningmegleg.com and http://www.coachmeghan.com
  6. What do you eat during races?
    Gu. Too much Gu. Electrolyte beverages. Bananas. Soup. Melon. Soda.
  7. Favorite running shoes?
    Scott Trail Rockets
  8. Favorite headlamp?
    Whatever the person behind me is using – it is always brighter than mine.
  9. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Scott pack
  10. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    “Don’t make it happen, let it happen.”


Personal Website: http://runningmegleg.com

Pam Smith

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Pam Smith

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Salem, OR
  2. Two favorite races?
    Run Rabbit Run and Miwok
  3. Best three performances?
    Western States ’13, Desert Solstice ’13, Miwok ’11
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Loowit Trail (around Mt. St. Helens)
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Ensure, orange soda, root beer, Gu Brew Recovery (chocolate), red vines, potato chips
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Trail – La Sportiva C-Lite 2.0
    Road – Scott T2C
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzl NAO
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Ultimate Direction AK vest
  9. 1Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Incorporate strength training; don’t be afraid to take a day off when you need it


Personal Website: http://theturtlepath.blogspot.com

Paul Terranova

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Paul Terranova

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Austin, Texas
  2. Two favorite races?
    Mountain Masochist 50 miler and Western States 100
  3. Best three performances?
    3rd at 2013 Bandera 100k USATF National Championship, 8th at 2013 Western States 100, 13th at 2014 Western States (2nd 40-49 AG)
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Any trail without cellphone service!
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Hopefully not dust! Mostly liquid nutrition with some gels and solid food from time to time.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Hoka One One Rapa Nui
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond Icon
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Ultimate Direction AK Race Vest or the old school Nathan insulated handheld with the big pocket!
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Run until your problems become solutions.


Personal Website: http://grandkonaslam2012.wordpress.com/

Riva Johnson

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Riva Johnson

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live in Carlisle, PA and do the majority of my training in the Michaux State forest which is about 15-20 mins from my house.
  2. Two Favorite races?
    Well that is a hard question as there are so many and very different ones but I would say Rocky Raccoon 100 because I had a really great day and liked the trails and race atmosphere. Second choice would be the JFK 50 miler. JFK offers a mixture of trails, rail trail and roads. I also like that there is a pretty large field so there is usually someone to run with or at least someone in your sights. The Vermont 50 miler was also an excellent race with stunning fall scenery.
  3. Best three performances?
    Rocky Raccoon 100 17:27 5th place female, 1st master (2014)
    JFK 50 miler 7:08, 3rd place female, 1st master (2010)
    Beast of Burden 50 miler 6:58 (new course record-women), 1st place overall male/female (2013)
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    My favorite local trail to run is probably the Vista trail in Michaux state forest. Phil’s trails and the Peterson Ridge trail systems in the Bend, Oregon area are my most favorite trails to run overall.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    I generally stick with Hammer gels (Montana huckleberry, raspberry) and Sportbeans (orange/watermelon). I will grab some m&m’s, coke, pretzels, watermelon and maybe some PB&J pieces from time to time.
  6. Favorite running shoe?
    Current favorite shoe is the Altra Lone Peak 1.5. I like the wide toe box and the light weight of the shoe.
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Whichever one can provide the most light!! I think the one I currently use is the Black Diamond Spot.
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    I use a Fuel Belt 4 bottle waist belt.
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Pick races that excite you.


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Roy Pirrung

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Roy Pirrung

  1. Live in Plymouth, WI and work (as infrequently as possible) in Kohler, WI.
  2. All National and World Championships and the Boston Marathon. 3rd place IAU 24-hour World Championships, Milton Keynes, England, breaking my 24-hour open American Record with 154+ miles; 3rd place Spartathlon, Athens to Sparta, Greece, tying with Seppo Leinonen of Finland, in 27:56:32; and 2nd place behind Yiannis Kouros, 48-hours of Surgeres, France, in an American open record of 243.43 miles. Ice Age Trail, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Wisconsin.
  3. I eat a variety of foods depending on the distance and venue. I prefer whole foods, like potatoes, tomatoes and melons as well as soups and pastas and will also eat pizza w/o cheese and wraps with turkey or beans. If I need sugar, I prefer GU or red licorice and Clif Shot Bloks.
  4. I run in Newton’s and have tried Hoka One One and found them suitable for me. I tested shoes at one time or another, for Asics, Reebok, and Teva.
  5. My favorite head lamp is the Stream Light Argon-HP.
  6. I use hand held water bottles from Camel Back.
  7. The most useful running advice I have received, is to listen to your body. It took awhile to understand that the brain is part of the body. The mind is everything.


Personal Website: http://www.roypirrung.com

Sabrina Little

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Sabrina Little

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Waco, Texas (and its surrounding zip codes)
  2. Two favorite races?
    Grindstone 100, Old Dominion 100
  3. Best three performances?
    2013 24-Hour World Championship (silver medalist, American Record), 2012 24-Hour National Championship (1st place, American Record), Back On My Feet 3-time winner and course record holder
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Appalachian Trail through northern New Jersey – It is strikingly bucolic.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Turkey sandwiches, honey stingers
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Adidas everything
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzl
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Nathan handhelds
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Comparison is the thief of joy. Your training has to be your own.


Personal Website: http://notallergictoadventure.blogspot.com

Steve Moore

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Steve Moore

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live in Austin TX and mostly run Texas races but try to travel at least twice a year for out-of-state races.
  2. Two favorite races?
    Superior Sawtooth and Mogollon Monster
  3. Best three performances?
    Hard not to pick a 1st place in a 100mile race as ‘best’ but I also am proud of my 10th place finish at Leona Divide in a stacked fast year. I battled hard to crack the top 10 and felt like I left it all out on the course.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    A route I made up high in the mountains near Telluride CO where my parents live. It’s like a movie or video game because it’s so different than my routine runs in Texas.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    I’m lucky to have a tough stomach. I use Hammer gels and bars but also graze on table food. Bananas and PB&Js and then grilled cheese or quesadilla for 100s that last into the night.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Yes! I love shoes, keep them for years and switch frequently. Certainly put many miles on my Montrail Hardrocks back in the day.
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond Icon Polar with tethered battery pack.
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Ultimate Direction Fast Draw 20 with the nipple!
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Go forward! Up and down is not the goal. Makes you run quiet and efficient.


Personal Website: http://wheelsandlegs.blogspot.com

Mentors

Ben Phenix

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Ben Phenix

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Austin TX
  2. Two favorite races?
    Devil’s Backbone 50 Mile (Bozeman MT), Cactus Rose
  3. Best three performances?
    Place wise: Run Like the Wind 6hr (1st), Paleface 30k (5th), Nueces 50k (8th)
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Pacific Crest Trail (Tahoe region)
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Honey cashews, Sunny Bears (all natural gummy bears), candied ginger, whatever looks good on the table.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Altra Lone Peak v2
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Spark ST-6
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Vest: Salomon S-Lab 5, Bottle: Ultimate Direction
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    The worst run is still a great day outdoors.


Personal Website: http://running.bluephenix.net

Brian Ricketts

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Brian Ricketts

  1. Where do you live and run?
    San Antonio, TX. I prefer to run in the mountains but generally settle for Bandera or Government Canyon
  2. Two favorite races?
    Wasatch 100 and Telluride Mountain Run (hope to add Hardrock to the list if I ever get in)
  3. Best three performances?
    Wasatch 100 – 28:20; Massanutten Mountain 100 – 28:15; Bandera 100K – 13:23
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Anywhere – Sneffels Highline Trail in Telluride; Locally – Hill Country State Natural Area
  5. What do you eat during races?
    I prefer liquid nutrition (Carbo Pro, Skratch, Tailwind), but in longer races (100 milers) I will add in soup, soda, and eggs/bacon (my favorite).
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Brooks Cascadias
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond Storm
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest – best pack I’ve ever used
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Smile while you are out there. A bad day on the trail beats a good day most anywhere else.


Personal Website: http://brianricketts.blogspot.com

Chris Russell

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Chris Russell

  1. Where do you live and run?
    San Antonio, Texas
  2. Two favorite races?
    Cactus Rose, Canyon De Chelly
  3. Best three performances?
    Tough question for a midpacker.:) 1) Cactus Rose 100 2011 (8th of 72 starters and finished ahead of several people much, much faster than me), 2) Bandera 100K 2007 (20th of 107 starters on a wet and very muddy day), 3) Jemez 50K 2012 (midpack finish but I was 3d of 36 Texans that were doing this high altitude race)
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    South Kaibab, Grand Canyon
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Gels and whatever A/S food looks good.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Whatever fits (I wear a size 15)
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Energizer (sturdy and easy to change batteries)
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Anything capable of carrying 100oz of water.
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Enjoy the day


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Dale Cougot

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Dale Cougot

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live in Garland, Texas, a suburb on the Northeast side of the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area. I run trails and roads. The Rowlett Creek Preserve [www.dorba.org/trail.php?t=22] is where I run locally, with a lot of my longer runs around White Rock Lake; however, any excuse to run in the various State Parks of Texas, and I am there.
  2. Two favorite races?
    – My first humbly 100 mile experience was on my initial race at Rocky Raccoon, which I found out the aide stations are critical to moving you to your next aide station. This race is on my calendar every year now, and what I have experienced over the years is that the aide stations are some of the best in the trail running community.
    – There are a lot of second best options, but the Destin Beach Ultra Run – Florida 50k, 50 miles, 24 our race, and this year 100 miler is a full weekend of running and visiting, all for a great cause, Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
  3. Best Three Performances?
    – Ghost Train Trail 100 miler was my best timed race at 19 hours and 39 minutes, and this just happened to be my least forward planning for it, however, I had just completed 2 100 milers in the last 8 weeks.
    – Captn Karl’s four 60k races over the course of the hot Texas summer, was my second best performance where I placed second overall. Recovery is the biggest challenge on this series with races almost every third week for 12 weeks.
    – Badwater Salton Sea 3 man Team race through Death Valley, which is not a relay, but where three runners support each other over 81 miles. It was exciting to take on this adventure with 2 other Team RWB runners, from two other states, Kurt and Christy, as we finished 2nd mixed team, behind a strong veteran team. The thrill of this race evolved as motivation came from each other in various ways.
  4. Favorite Trail to Run?
    I have only ran it once, and it is the only trail that has beat me, but I have a love hate relationship with the course of FatDog 120. This point-to-point trail transverses through 4 national parks in British Colombia Canada which captures mountains, prairies, rivers, and deep green forest views. Really any trail off the beaten path is a great run with a friend.
  5. What do you eat during race?
    My strategy usually starts out with me planning on 1 Gu-Gel, 1 Gu Block, one Honey stinger, and a power drink per hour. One of the smartest piece of advice on nutrition I received from a veteran runner was to learn to eat anything doesn’t eat you first or learn your aide-station food (two oreos equal 100 calories, same as gu block). It is all about balance, feeding the machine, and knowing what you eat now may give you some quick energy, but it is the sustainability 2 to 3 hours later is what you should be managing.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Salomon various trail shoes have treated my feet well. When it comes to shoes, I am looking for something that I can wear the whole race and not have to change unless something goes wrong. I am looking for a shoe that drains well, has some give around the top of the foot, strong back to support the lower ankles, and a good gripping shoe, but not one that is overly aggressive. I also run in Brooks Cascadia’s. I do believe that during training it is good to rotate through various shoes.
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Princeton Tec Remix with 125 lumens had been my head lamp, which is light weight, but more importantly it rotates and the battery changing is quick and easy. My secret is that I go to Lowes and buy their head/helmet lamps, which are a little heavier, but use it as a waist lamp; the nice thing they are usually less than $20, which allows me to have multiple backups in my drop bags.
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    I am a double fisted Camel 25 oz insulated bottle carrier. I usually wear a Nathan hydration pack (it is 5 year old and still works) where I have taken out the bladder, and can store one bottle and gear for my longer runs. I like bottles as I know at all times what I am drinking or not. I agree with the note to drink when thirsty, but I am simple minded and sometimes my focus on the surroundings distracts me.
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    “Don’t fix it, if it is working!,” this was told to me by a veteran at my first 100 miler, as we cruised through an aide station where everyone was stopping and changing gear. Why gamble on something new! He did note to correct issue immediately, but he quickly highlighted how lolly-gaging at aide stations on a long run can add up; for example 15 stops with just 2 minutes extra is 30 minutes or 4 minutes is over an hour of your finishing time.


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David Hannenburg

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David Hannenburg

  1. Where do you live?
    I live in Dallas, Texas with my wife and two kids. I run both roads (due to convenience) and the trail (because I really enjoy them). Some of my favorite trails in the north Dallas area are Big Cedar Nature Area, Cedar Ridge Preserve, Isle du Bois State Park, Tyler State Park, and Possum Kingdom Lake Nature Trails. A couple really close to home trails include Erwin Park and the Trinity Trails on Lake Lavon.
  2. Two favorite races?
    No favorites. Love dirt, beauty, and some grade changes.
    One race I have likely ran the most – Jemez trail run in New Mexico.
  3. Best three performances?
    A passionate mid-packer that once in a while (and it’s been a while) has an above mid-pack performance.
    I have tweeted Rocky Raccoon 100 updates for 20 hours straight or something crazy like that. That has to rank pretty high up there.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Aspen. Pine needles. I’m there.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    An ever changing journey. For ultra races I have been playing with a dried fruit/seed blend, magic homemade Rice Krispie bars, some PBJ, and coke, lots of coke after midway through the race.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    I like a simple upper. Firm moderate midsole. 0-6mm drop. I have played with Merrell, Patagonia, New Balance, Altra, INOV-8, and others.
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Really like the Black Diamond Headlamps (ex: Spot, Storm). Great value. 130+ lumens. For a handheld, big fan of the Fenix lights.
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Haven’t worn many of the newer vests, but have been happy with my old unsexy Nathan pack (with a CamelBak bladder).
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Don’t let being a lowlander stop you from playing and excelling in the mountains. Chase your dreams. Just look at Liza Howard, she won Leadville 100 in 2010 and finished second in 2012 and 2014.


Personal Website: http://endurancebuzz.com/

David Infante

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David Infante

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Albuquerque, NM- Run and hike in the Sandia Mountains and along the Rio Grande River
  2. Two favorite races?
    Mt. Taylor 50k since it was my first Ultra, Superior 100 for being my hardest
  3. Best three performances?
    Hells Hills 50k 5:30, Rocky Raccoon 50 9:45, Jemez Half Marathon
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Along the face of the Sandia Mountains from the Tram to the Peak
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Anything- Bean burritos, gels, gu, Tailwind, aid station food
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Hoka Huaka and Rapa Nui
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Zebralight H600 floody handheld
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Ultralight race vest w/60 oz bladder
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Manage your energy to finish


Personal Website: http://youngereveryyear.blogspot.com/

Doise Miers

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Doise Miers

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live and run in Austin, TX. I’m very fortunate to have great trails not far from my home and even some great short trails that I can access just by running out my front door and to the edge of my neighborhood.
  2. Two favorite races?
    I’ve not traveled outside of Texas to do much running and Joe and Joyce put on such great races here, why leave? My favorite race is Cactus Rose 50M. 50 miles is a good distance for me and I love the self-supported aspect of Cactus. It’s a lower key race and part of what draws me to trail running is the quiet and comradery and Cactus has not outgrown that. I also like Rocky Raccoon. That course was my first ultra and I’ve had good days and bad there and am happy when I get to run there on a softer, flatter course with the pine trees and lake.
  3. Best three performances?
    I’m certainly not a “high performer” in races. I’m usually out chasing cut offs and happy to finish. I’m still proud of my 100k finishes though they happened at the beginning of my ultra career.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Like I said, I stay close to home and my favorite trail in Austin is Forest Ridge. It’s closed to many people for half the year because it’s an endangered bird habitat so I enjoy the quiet, unique environment out there. It’s a beautiful place, especially when it rains and small streams are flowing. It’s also quite hilly and rocky so provides good training. The only down side is dogs aren’t allowed because it’s a bird sanctuary but another trail called Ken’s is very close and my dog, Kona and I love that trail too.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Pretty much anything. I’ve taken tacos, avocados, apples, and candy bars into the Grand Canyon and have eaten pizza and hamburger during races. I got more serious about race nutrition last year and have been doing gels and Carbo Pro with some real food mixed in later in the day/race. I get sick of sweet stuff all the time so need something salty, with substance later on. A few salty potatoes usually hit the spot.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    I run in La Sportiva Crosslites, the unisex original version. I tried the new C-lite women’s version but that didn’t work for me.
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    I’ve been using Black Diamond headlamp but can’t remember the specific model. It’s a women’s version with cute blue and purple strap.
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Thanks to Liza I’ve been using the Ultraspire Surge for a while. It fits a small, short torso well but I use a Camelbak bladder with it. The UltraSpire bladder seems to let air in the tube when you drink and that’s not good on my tummy. I’ve also used Nathan and Camelbak women’s packs.
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    I’ve received so much advice I don’t even know where to begin! I was so fortunate to have people like Joe and Joyce Prusaitis and other ultra vets around when I first started running trails and ultras. I received so much wonderful advice when I started so I pass on all I can. I think it’s important to keep in mind that not everything will work the same for everyone – you have to experiment what works for you as far as shoes, gear, nutrition, hydration. Also, remember to stop a minute and take in the view. We’re so fortunate to be able to enjoy the outdoors, trails, and one another’s company so be sure to take this in. Also, wet wipes, not toilet paper : )


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Eric Schranz

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Eric Schranz

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live in Sacramento, California and run on local bike paths, trails, and parking garages. A few times each month I’ll try to make it up to Auburn or Marin County to do real hill work and clear my head.
  2. Two favorite races?
    Lithia Loop Trail Marathon in Ashland, OR is pretty great, and the original Miwok 100k course. You never knew what the weather would throw at you, but whatever it was would be epic.
  3. Best three performances?
    Diablo Trails Challenge in 2013. 5:14 is not the best time, but it was 7 days after my worst performance at Lake SOnoma 50 miler.
    4:17 mile in high school. Yeah, it was over 20 years ago, but I’m still pretty proud of that.
    Bryce Canyon 100 in 2013. It was my first hundred, i battled hypothermia for most of the night, but told my 3yo I’d finish, and she was there 28hrs later to see it happen.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    The Flume Trail on the NorthEast side of Lake Tahoe or the Kaluapapa trail on Moloka’i.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Anything and everything. Only exception is cheap Costco hotdogs. Learned that the hard way.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Brooks Green Silence. The company cancelled them a few years ago and I’ll never forgive them. Currrently wearing Adidas Energy Boost for road and Scarpa Ignites on the trail.
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Something cheap that works. I don’t like too much light.
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Simple Hydration bottle. Tucks right into my pants and keeps my hands free and back cool.
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Frank Bozanich told me to not overthink things…it’s just runnning.


Personal Website: http://www.ultrarunnerpodcast.com

Ford Smith

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Ford Smith

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live and in Austin, Texas and I spend most of my time training in either Austin or Aspen, Colorado.
  2. Two favorite races?
    My favorite races are Squaw Peak 50 mile and the Bighorn 100.
  3. Best three performances?
    5th Overall at 2014 Bandera 100k, Course Record at 2014 Capt’n Karl’s 60k Reveille Ranch, and 16:09 at Rocky Raccoon 100.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    The Four Pass Loop outside of Aspen
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Gel, gel, gel… and occasionally Gatorade.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    For shorter races (60k and shorter) the Inov-8 Trailroc 245 and for the longer stuff Brooks Cascadias or Hokas
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond Storm
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Amphipod Handhelds
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Eat a ton in ultras. I’ve yet to run a good 100 miler because I can’t follow this advice!


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Henry Hobbs

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Henry Hobbs

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Austin, Texas and all the trails around Austin, especially the Barton Creek Greenbelt
  2. Two favorite races?
    Bandera 100K and Coyote2Moon 100K
  3. Best three performances?
    Bandera 100K (15:10), Hogs Hunt 50K (5:17 19th overall 2005), Doogie’s Run 50K (5:18 2nd overall 2009)
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Hill Country State Natural Area (Bandera) and Marin Headlands
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Real food as much as I can (potatoes, bananas, PBJ, avocado)
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    HOKA
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    I prefer handheld (Essential Gear 10 LED)
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Nathan Ultimate Direction
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Stop taking advice from others and do what feels right!


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Jason Taylor

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Jason Taylor

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM.
  2. Favorite place to run?
    The foothills and the mountain just outside my door. 4500feet of vertical to almost 11,000’ above sea level is 20 minutes away – can’t beat that!
  3. Two favorite races?
    1) Any local 5k. Love the neighborhood feel, relaxed atmosphere and energy around local races. 2) My first ultra was the Ghosttown 38.5, unfortunately no longer being run, was a spectacular event.
  4. Best three performances?
    1) placed 3rd in my first Jemez 50mile event 2) placed 2nd by a minute in my second Jemez 50mile event. 3) Finishing my first 100miler at Javelina Jundred. Didn’t get the place I’d hoped and trained for but finishing that event was such a huge accomplishment for me personally.
  5. Favorite trail to run?
    Trail 365 loop in the foothills here in Albuquerque. 7miles, lots of elevation change, and I never know what I’l see, coyote, snakes, deer, mountain lions, bears….seen it all!
  6. What do you eat during races?
    I will usually stick to powershot gels, and honey stinger until I can’t stand them anymore then I start moving to whatever my stomach will take. I try not to do too much sugar or “sweets” but put a baked good in front of me and it’ll be gone before you know it.
  7. Favorite running shoes?
    Currently live, run and train in Inov-8, Hoka’s and Merrell’s.
  8. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzl Myo XP
  9. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Salomon Skin Pro 3
  10. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    BEWARE THE CHAIR.


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Jay Danek

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Jay Danek

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Scottsdale, Arizona – McDowell Mountains
  2. Two favorite races?
    Waldo 100K, Miwok 100K
  3. Best three performances?
    Javelina Jundred 2011, Lean Horse 100 2011, Bandera 100K 2012
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Pacific Crest Trail
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Clif Bar gels and Ultragen Protein drink
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Inov-8 Talon 212
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzl Tikka 2
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Nathan water bottles and Simple Hydration bottle
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Racing is supposed to hurt, if it didn’t hurt everyone would do it.


Personal Website: http://www.mcdowellmountainman.com

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live & train in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  2. Two favorite races?
    My favorite local Texas race is Tejas Trails Rocky Raccoon 100. While it is a 5 x 20 mile loop course through Huntsville State Park, it is a fast and fun course that provides easy logistics. Additionally, it draws many of my closets trail running friends, as well as a collection of fast elites vying for a coveted Western States spot. While not a race, the most EPIC run I have completed is a single day crossing and return of the Grand Canyon, aka R2R2R.
  3. Best three performances?
    Rocky Raccoon 100 (2014: 16:46:59, 15th OA, 2nd AG) (2013: 18:48:47, 16th OA) (2012: 22:17:48)
    Brazos Bend 50 m (2014: 6:55:46, 5th OA)
    Leadville 100 m (2013: 24:47:56)
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Government Canyon State Natural Area, Helotes, Texas
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Whatever gels are stocked at the aid stations, coke, nuun.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Trail: Saucony Peregrine
    Road: Nike Pegasus, HOKA Clifton
  7. 8Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Nathan bottles or packs
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    “The longest distance that you have to deal with in an ultra is the 6″ between your own ears.”


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Joe Prusaitis

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Joe Prusaitis

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Austin, TX
  2. Two favorite races?
    Hardrock & Bighorn
  3. Best three performances?
    Rocky Raccoon 100mi (19:33)
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Grand Canyon R2R2R
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Real food: avacados, sandwiches
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Keeps changing every year
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Whatever is currently the brightest & lightest
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Prefer water bottles: old school UD bottles.
    I use a pack only when I have to: UD (Ultimate Direction)
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    If you think you can – or think you can’t – you are right!


Personal Website: http://tejastrails.blogspot.com

Meredith Terranova

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Meredith Terranova

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Austin, Texas
  2. Two favorite races?
    Mt Masochist 50, Western States 100
  3. Best three performances?
    Ultraman Florida 2nd Female, 3x top 10 Mt. Masochist
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Western States Trail
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Liquid nutrition
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Pearl Izumi N1 trail N2 road
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Nathan
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Better to have and not need than need and not have.


Personal Website: http://www.eatingandlivinghealthy.com

Mike Ehredt

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Mike Ehredt

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Hope, Idaho and I run in the Cabinet and Selkirk Mountains of North Idaho.
  2. Two favorite races?
    Hardrock 100 and the Rut 50K
  3. Best three performances?
    Bighorn 100 in 2008 finished 6th overall in 22:23, White River 50 in 2013 won Age Group in 8:49, Finishing my 2nd Hardrock this year in 37 hours of bliss.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Teton Crest Trail, Jackson WY 42 miles of heaven.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    Tailwind all the way and bacon
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Hoka
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond Storm
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    UD Jurek Vest
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.


Personal Website: http://www.projectamericarun.com

Monica Morant

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Monica Morant

  1. Where do you live and run?
    Los Angeles. I’m lucky to have the San Gabriel Mountains right in my back yard
  2. Two favorite races?
    North Face 50 Miler and Vineman Half Ironman
  3. Best three performances?
    Oh my I’m not at that level…ANYTHING I FINISH!!!
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    I travel quite a bit for work, so I really enjoy any new trail experience I get. This year while on a work trip in Colorado, I had the pleasure to go spectate at Hard Rock 100 in Silverton. Summiting Grant Swamp Pass was beautiful and the highest I’ve ever been so far!!!
  5. What do you eat during races?
    As much real food as possible. I really can’t stand sugary gels, but will always carry a supply with me anyway. Still, I much prefer to be an aid station scavenger. Always looking for those salted potatoes and PB&Js!!
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    New Balance 1010v2 (which is now discontinued) and the New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Trail
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    Petzl Myo RXP for longer stuff and my dinky little rechargeable Petzl Tikka Plus 2 for anything short.
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    LOVE LOVE LOVE my Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta designed by my friend Jenny Jurek. It fits the female frame really well and stores quite a bit when I need it, yet is still lightweight for carrying just a few items for a shorter day.
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    STAY PRESENT. One foot in front of the other. What’s passed is in the past and there’s no guarantee for what lies ahead. Wherever you are is where you’re at. Oh and everything is better when you smile.


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Tom Bowling

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Tom Bowling

  1. Where do you live and run?
    I live in San Antonio & like to run in our local State Parks: Government Canyon & Hill Country State Natural Area.
  2. Two favorite races?
    I have two races that I have made into an annual event for myself: Cactus Rose 50 miler & Hells Hills 50K.
  3. Best three performances?
    I had PR’s at Cactus Rose 50 Miler & Hells Hills 50K this past year. My fastest 50K was at the Big Bend Ultra a few years ago.
  4. Favorite trail to run?
    Locally, I love when the backcountry of Government Canyon opens each Fall – Blackhills Loop & La Subida are my favorites.
  5. What do you eat during races?
    I have been recently been turned on to Oskri Coconut bars. In hot races, I go for watermelon every chance I get.
  6. Favorite running shoes?
    Hokas
  7. Favorite headlamp?
    LED Lenser – it’s inexpensive & lightweight & has 155 lumens.
  8. Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    I use the old Ultimate Direction Diablo & always carry a Nathan handheld.
  9. Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Run happy. It’s only running.


Personal Website: http://laschmoove.weebly.com/

Tony Constanzo

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Tony Constanzo

  • Where do you live and run?
    Live in La Porte, TX. I mostly run the roads in my home town, but Huntsville State Park for the trails.
  • Two favorite races?
    Wild Hare 50 mile & Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon
  • Best three performances?
    First 50 mile finish, 12hr 28mins, First 100 mile finish 28hr 27min 52sec, First Full Marathon 4hr 11mins, none were crazy fast, but the feeling of finishing them as the first was amazing!
  • Favorite trail to run?
    Huntsville State Park trail system
  • What do you eat during races?
    Just about anything, but pizza, hamburgers, potatoes, OREOS & fruits are the best for me
  • Favorite running shoes?
    Hoka OneOne, Mafate 3 & Stinson Lite
  • Favorite headlamp?
    Black Diamond Storm
  • Favorite hydration vest or water bottle?
    Vest: Ultimate Direction SJ, Handheld: Nathan
  • Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
    Pedialyte is the best sport drink out there! Never leave for a race without it!


Personal Website: http://www.tonysjourneys.com