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EB61: The Finisher – Ouachita Trail 50M – Our Chat with Cliff Ferren


“I would have never believed it.”

That was 59 year old Cliff Ferren’s reflection if he would have seen where he would go in this sport 10 years ago when he simply wanted to support a local Arkansas charity fundraiser 5k.

The spark.

Cliff has continued running ever since with an early focus on the road that transitioned to the trails and ultra distances including the yearly pilgrimage in October to the Arkansas Traveller 100.

To be a part of a great community that includes many hugs and handshakes.

To play outside in the woods.

To finish is the goal.

The trails and its community holds a special place in Cliff’s life and heart.

This Spring Cliff ran another adventure at the Ouachita Trail 50m in 13:09:40.


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

  • memories from that first 5k
  • lovin’ the trails
  • the struggling memories at that first trail race, Sylamore 50k
  • the two DNFs and things to consider if in a similar situation
  • favorite local trails
  • What keeps the excitement high after 10 years of running
  • favorite reads
  • Oachita 50M memories

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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.

4 Responses to “EB61: The Finisher – Ouachita Trail 50M – Our Chat with Cliff Ferren”

  1. on 01 Jul 2015 at 7:17 pm Mike Bonnette

    Thoroughly enjoyed Cliff’s podcast. Seen him on the trails and other runs. Always inspiring. Having had a similar introduction to running at a later age and experiences as Cliff, I identified with him. Some great learning as well. Thanks!

  2. on 06 Jul 2015 at 5:49 pm deb baker

    great listening to Cliff and hearing his true love of trail running.

  3. on 19 Aug 2015 at 8:04 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Mike – Thanks so much for the kind comment. Had a lot of fun chatting with Cliff and hearing his journey in our sport. Cool to hear you enjoyed the podcast on multiple levels.

    What do you most enjoy about the trails?

  4. on 19 Aug 2015 at 8:06 pm David Hanenburg

    Deb – Absolutely! I had seem his name for a number of years now and I was extremely grateful and excited when he was interested in sharing with the tribe.

    Any upcoming race on the calendar?