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Finding Personal Peace, Community, and a Post Oak Double: A Chat with Shannon McFarland of Arkansas

“At the end of the day, you get to spend time with people you want to spend time with.”

Shannon McFarland of Arkansas took on the Post Oak Challenge in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he dashed off a trail 50km on Saturday and a trail/road marathon on Sunday!

Sounds like a dandy weekend of dirt and fun.


Shannon focused during the climb. (Credit: John Watt ©

Shannon was extremely kind to chat with us about this adventure and the sport he enjoys.

Our chat with Shannon includes:

  • running background (as a focused wrestler in his youth)
  • love of Hobbs State Park
  • focused excitement and passion to run his first Western States 100 this June. Plus how he found out his name was drawn in the lottery and why he couldn’t tell his wife.
  • the greatness of the trail running community
  • his favorite recovery drink
  • And of course, the double at Post Oak


Podcast: Download (Duration: 25:19 – 11.5 MB)

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Special thanks to Shannon for sharing with the tribe and John Watt of Watt Design Photography for the gracious support!

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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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