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EB44: 1500 Miles of Rocky Raccoon 100 – A Chat with Bobby Keogh


65 year old, Bobby Keogh of New Mexico, has nearly ran the greatest north-south distances of the contiguous United States in his accumulated finish miles at the Rocky Raccoon 100 alone!

This year, Bobby completed his 15th Rocky Raccoon 100 and puts himself in a very small group, count it – 2, that have experienced 1500 miles of pineywoods goodness.

Bobby wearing some special bling courtesy of the DamNation aid station at Rocky Raccoon 100. (credit: Deborah Sexton)

Bobby wearing some special bling courtesy of the DamNation aid station at Rocky Raccoon 100. (credit: Deborah Sexton)

From growing up on the flat terrain within Grand Forks, North Dakota, Bobby acquired a love of the mountains and eventually ultra running after moving to New Mexico.

While early on it was a struggle to simply walk the hills to the college campus, in the distance the Sandia mountains welcomed a visit. To the top he went and would look back on the city below.

“This is cool!”

Greatly inspired by the youth he helped and supported at New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch, Bobby wanted to find a way to challenge himself, to explore his own limits.

Ultra running became the challenge of choice.

Enjoy my chat with Bobby that includes the following musings and useful goodies for you:

  • running background including his first marathon at Grandma’s in northern Minnesota
  • the transition to New Mexico and beginning his trail/ultra journey thanks to the inspiration from his time helping youth at Philmont
  • nose-in-navel memories at first official trail race in New Mexico
  • the Mount Taylor quad
  • how Bobby has tried to keep running and the passion burning for the sport as he travels through his 60s
  • reflections of some of the amazing early ultra athletes
  • a great Deadman Peaks race story showcasing our great people and community
  • getting out of the mental funk
  • memories from The Ghost Town 38.5 Trail Run
  • the heat exhaustive memories from that first Rocky back in 1997
  • the joy of finding that shoe and the shortest run in them being 44 miles
  • lead-up to Rocky Raccoon 2015 – 2 big races
  • Bobby’s reasons why three weeks between big 100 mile races is doable, and maybe even “optimal”
  • memories from Rocky Raccoon 2015

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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.

2 Responses to “EB44: 1500 Miles of Rocky Raccoon 100 – A Chat with Bobby Keogh”

  1. on 02 Mar 2015 at 1:14 pm Sandy Powell

    Go Bison!! (from another North Dakotan) Great interview. Just missed Bobby at Antelope Canyon. Hope to see David and Bobby at Jemez again this year. Sandy (Guaje Ridge aid station)

  2. on 02 Mar 2015 at 4:49 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Sandy!

    The world gets smaller and smaller. 🙂

    Thanks for the kind note. Really appreciate you.

    It was such an honor to chat with Bobby.

    Thank you so much for your support of the Jemez Trail Run. I know we will both give it our best to see you at Guaje Ridge aid station!