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Meet the Tribe: Sam Landry of Louisiana

If you look at Sam Landry’s list of finishes, you will see they are mostly 50 mile and 100 mile adventures that include regional (Cactus Rose 100, Cajun Coyote 100km), national (Western States 100), and global (UTMB). This Louisiana runner loves to go long!

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Enjoy as Sam shares a bit about himself in our next installment of the Meet the Tribe series.


What is your running background? When did you start trail running and what led you to explore the sport?

In 1991 and 30 years old, I set my sights on the marathon. Prior to that, I had only run off and on and wasn’t much of an athlete. In the 90s I finished a lot of the local 5kms and 10kms in the upper 10%, but I almost always struggled at the end of marathons.

The trail ultra bug struck in about 2003, when a friend’s sister got all misty-eyed over her trail running experiences. My first 50km in November of 2003 was a hot and hyponatremic disaster. I crawled off the course with only one mile to go. Many had trouble that day. It was the first and only ultramarathon put on by New Orleans Track Club. After getting hydration straightened out a couple years later, ultra trail running became my thing.

Current or last book you read? (Or if more of a movie person – Last movie you watched?)

I just finished Tales from Out There, The Barkley Marathons, The World’s Toughest Trail Race. Being on the trail is the most exciting and relaxing (sort of) place for me. I wish I lived a little closer to the mountains.

Favorite trail race distance?

The 100s are my favorites. It’s hard to explain why because they have all these different parts, the training, the planning, the first 10 miles, the day, the night, the morning, the weather, the scenery, the food, the volunteers. Each 100 is a microcosm. No other experience affects me so much.

Craziest/funniest thing you have seen/heard during a trail run or trail race?

I haven’t seen so many crazy/funny things. At last year’s Cajun Coyote, a friend was paralyzed by the wild boar blocking the trail. I had to go up and pet it before he was convinced it was just a fallen tree. Delirium.

Earlier last year, while on a training run along the Mississippi River I came upon a guy wrestling to the bank a catfish that was almost as big as he was.

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Favorite local trail?

My favorite local trail is the Clark Creek Natural Area (MS), 1800 feet of climb and descent in a 4.5 mile lollipop, complete with multiple waterfalls.

If iPod user, do you have specific go-to tunes in the early miles, when in a groove, when in a funk, and when close to the finish?

I don’t use the music player so much, sometimes while training hard, up and down the levee. Favorite tunes have a driving beat, most recently Antibalas and C2C.

What two tips or insights on the sport have you learned that may be useful for someone just entering the sport?

Use the scale to measure water loss on long runs and shoot for less than 3%.

Figure out how much salt you need per liter of water. I need about 700 mg sodium.

Which animal best describes your approach or style of running?

According to the scientists there are few animals that run endurance like we do. I’m a wildebeest.


A special thanks to Sam for sharing with us!

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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