Bee Stings and Twisted Ankles, 500 Miles of Cactus Rose, and the Art of Stealth Running – Our Chat with Chris Russell
If you have played at Texas trail races, you have likely seen, heard, and even chatted with Chris Russell.
Standing at six foot big inches tall with a size 15 tread, Chris’s booming voice and welcoming smile has been know to share a story or two across the trail miles.
Chris played competitive hoops through his college years for the United States Air Force Academy as one of the big men of the team.
After school, exercise faded from his life until a humbling encounter while climbing Piestewa Peak in Phoenix, Arizona relit the movement fire. Chris began running 3.5 mile loops around the corn fields surrounding his home in Illinois and started exploring the trails to feed that growing internal hunger for adventure.
Besides the simple enjoyment of running in nature, being involved with its community provides a deep sense of happiness and belonging.
Enjoy our chat from this Spring after running 26 miles at Pandora’s Box of Rox Trail Run in central Texas.