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EB52: The Accidental Trail Runner – Nueces 50 Mile Champ – A Chat with Anthony Jacobs


Anthony Jacobs was lost and had to bum a ride home from a stranger with a pickup truck. He made it home…thankfully.

That may not be the ideal first trail run experience but that was Anthony’s, and he wanted more it (minus the getting lost).

After learning more about the dirt world thanks to Austin, Texas local, Brandon Ostrander back in 2012, Anthony continued to explore and find his way in the sport, which quickly led to the ultra distances.

Anthony recently won an exciting race at the Nueces 50 mile that saw the top three runners all within a sub 30 second window at the finish line that showcased many of the ingredients of this sport – inspiration, support, and trying not to vomit Oreos on each other.


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

  • running where football is king
  • the relay race that reignited Anthony’s enjoyment of running
  • the accidental discovery of that first trail
  • that tough second loop at Bandera 100k
  • favorite local Austin trails
  • what Anthony’s 6 days a week running looks like
  • 3 guys inspiring each other, supporting each other, and trying not to lose their Oreo cookies at the Nueces 50M

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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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