Ultrarunner, 29, Owner/Manager of Breakaway Running, Race Water Station Volunteer
My last race was a beer mile and I came in 2nd. Before that, I placed 2nd at the Sylamore 50k and 2nd and 3rd at the Full Moon 50k… Also 1st in another beer mile.
One of my favorite adventures was hiking the John Muir Trail with two friends. We went from Mt. Whitney to Yosemite, which was around 220 miles. It was the most beautiful trail I have been on.
I really love the simplicity of running. You get out of it what you put in. There are no shortcuts to improvement.
My family owns Breakaway Running so I am lucky to have a community around me that keeps me motivated. Most days, Breakaway has group runs. Fortunately, I have a group of friends that do not like to sit still.
I had multiple heart surgeries when I was younger. Doctors told my parents that I would probably not be able to be very active. They never tried to limit anything I did and encouraged me to play sports.
I have a goal to do some kind of running or hiking adventure on every continent. I have done a ton of stuff in North America, climbed Kilimanjaro last year, and will be going to South America in December. Four more left.
My favorite restaurant in Memphis is Kwik Check on Madison Avenue. Everything is good, but my favorite is the Veggie Delight. I am pretty sure I have been ordering that same sandwich for 20 years.
Most people assume I grew up running track and cross country. My main sports growing up were hockey and soccer. I played soccer in college. My first race was the New York City Marathon.
“Every path is the right path. Everything could have been anything else and it would have just as much meaning.” —Tennessee Williams.
INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY PHILIP MURPHY.