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EB49: Running to His Own Beat – Sylamore 50k Win – A Chat with Christophe Block


“I enjoy running, but it’s something I do, not something I am.” – Christophe Block

Christophe Block of Arkansas is not your typical trail runner. (if there is such a thing in this sport)

He doesn’t wear a Garmin watch.

He does care about mileage.

He doesn’t care about tracking the amount of time running.


Christophe does seem to care about creating a life that is meaningful to him.

A life where running supports his physical and mental health, and is simply a time to have fun.

Where pre-race rituals include “good times and beer typically”.

Christophe recently won the Sylamore 50k in 5:12:36 under snow covered and wet conditions in northern Arkansas. This also was Christophe’s second year in a row to win this highly popular race.

Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • that first road marathon and swearing he would never do another
  • 9 months later running the Arkansas Traveller 100  – “horrible idea”
  • pacing Podog Vogler at Hardrock 100…and the fantasy of dropping him
  • the hard realization why everyone was running so much slower at mile 30 of the Arkansas Traveller 100
  • how Christophe integrates running into his life
  • thoughts for a trail newbie
  • favorite run related videos
  • the slick and sloppy adventure at Sylamore 50k

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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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