Weekend Warrior: Aaron Smith ~ Triathlete + Tough Mudder

AGE: 42

BIRTHPLACE: South Bend, IN

OCCUPATION: FedEx Express, Crew Scheduling Advisor

FAMILY: Proud uncle to four nephews and two nieces.

MOST RECENT WW COMPETITION: Touch Mudder Wisconsin and the Long Sprint Tri at the Barron Lake Triathlon in Niles, MI. This race is important to me because it sponsors my Dad’s foundation that benefits the special needs community in Michigan, The Racing for Steve-O Foundation.

MOST MEMORABLE EVENT: Finishing my first triathlon! My Dad was a huge triathlete (12-time Kona Ironman), and after he was diagnosed with brain cancer, I wanted to do something in honor of him. I finished the race and placed second in my age group. He passed one week later.

I TRI’S: When either running or biking, its my time to mentally unwind. There are no text messages, no phone calls—just me and my thoughts.

FITNESS MOTIVATION: I want to stay healthy. When I’m eating right and getting in my workouts, I feel great. Don Mulhern and Christin Yates are my running buddies. Both are great runners and help me kick it up a notch.

CROSS-TRAIN: If I’m not out running, I’m either at the Downtown YMCA lifting weights or in the pool swimming laps. If it’s a nice day, I’m on the bike riding the Big River Crossing to West Memphis. Three months ago I even started at Downtown Yoga.

NEXT WW CHALLENGE: Have two half marathons on the books: Chickamgauga Battlefield Half Marathon and, of course, the St. Jude Half Marathon.

“When either running or biking, it’s my time to mentally unwind.”

WW GEAR: Brooks Glycerin and Map My Run app (Yes, I know I need to get a Garmin!)

OBSTACLE COURSE: Every athlete’s favorite, plantar fasciitis. Cortisone shots are my best friend.

BUCKET LIST: The Great Wall China Marathon

BEST EATS: SOB on South Main. I love their Shrimp and Grits with a nice cold Ghost River Golden.

LEISURE TIME: Big aviation nerd. I can sit at the airport all day watching airplanes. I love to travel and experience other cultures. Always planning the next big trip!

BINGEWATCH: Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, CNN (it’s a like a reality TV show, right?)

INDULGENCE: Love a good cold beer on a beach.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Always be the fastest turtle in the race!” —Steve Smith a.k.a. Dad

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Tindall Stephens.

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