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EB33: A Chat with Aaron Ochoa – 2014 Oklahoma Dirt Trail Series Men’s Champ – How a Declined Insurance Policy Led to the Love of Running

Aaron Ochoa of Oklahoma won the men’s division of the inaugural 2014 Oklahoma Dirt Trail Series (FB Page) which consisted of 11 races around north east Oklahoma.

Throughout life we all arrive at various fork-in-the-road moments where one decision will lead you down path X and a different decision will lead you down path Y. In 2008, Aaron had one of those moments after having a life insurance policy declined. Seeing a doctor and being told his cholesterol was too high, the doctor offered a pill. Aaron instead chose the active life, started running, and lost 60 pounds.

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

  • how a declined life insurance policy kicked off his love of running
  • memories from his first trail race at Turkey and TATURs plus lesson learned
  • favorite local trails
  • training or racing?
  • favorite running book
  • Aaron shares a great tip for a trail newbie
  • Oklahoma trail series memories including the race that provided the most lessons
  • top lesson learned after another year of running

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EB31: A Chat with Paul Smith IV – 2014 Texas Trail Running Series Sub-Ultra Men’s Champ

2014 was the inaugural launch of the the overall and age-group based Texas Trail Running Championship Series that included over 25 trail races from throughout the state. Over 450 runners from within and outside the state participated and scored points.

I thought it would be kind of fun to hear from our top finishers and learn about their birth story in this sport along with some memories from the 2014 Texas Trail Series.

Before we get too far into 2015, let’s get this rollin’! :)

Enjoy our chat with Paul Smith IV who won the sub-ultra men’s division in the final race of the season.

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Musings include:

  • starting his joy of running in 5th grade
  • the not-so-enjoyable first marathon experience
  • biggest lesson learned in his early days of trail running
  • memories from first trail race at Rockledge Rumble
  • community, food, and beer
  • favorite local trails
  • training or racing?
  • favorite running books
  • why Isle du Bois was his most well executed race of the trail series
  • getting it done at the Brazos Bend Trail Run one week later to win the series
  • why his father was one of his top running memories of the year

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EB41: Weekend Buzz: 2015 Results – Rocky Raccoon 100

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Welcome to the Weekend Buzz, where we showcase and provide result summaries and fun interviews for our TALON (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM) races from the past weekend.

In this episode we will be showcasing results from one TALON race from Texas.

The Race

  • Rocky Raccoon 100 (with post-race chats with Paul Terranova and Nicole Studer of Texas)

Pics of the Tribe (Credit: Deborah Sexton)

Ian Sharman

Ian Sharman

Nicole Studer, Paul Terranova, and Nathan Leehman

Nicole Studer, Paul Terranova, and Nathan Leehman

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Liza Howard

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EB40: Weekend Buzz: 2015 Results – Athens Big Fork Trail Run – Sooner State Games Trail Run

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Welcome to the Weekend Buzz, where we showcase and provide result summaries and fun interviews for our TALON (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM) races from the past weekend.

In this episode we will be showcasing results from two TALON races with one from Arkansas and the other from Oklahoma.

The Races

Pics from the Tribe

Athens Big Fork (Credit: Deb Baker)

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2015 Rocky Raccoon 100: Men’s Fast Tread Preview

[If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our main 2015 Rocky Raccoon 100 Preview Article which contains many more pine needle textured musings and additional useful and insightful goodies. Plus info on live streaming race coverage throughout the day!]

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2015 marks the second consecutive year that Rocky Raccoon 100 has hosted the USATF 100 Mile Trail Championships which includes a $4,000 cash purse split between the women and men.

Over 300 men are ready to lace up the tread for this 100 mile scamper with 68 participating in the USATF Trail Championship.

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2015 Rocky Raccoon 100: Women’s Fast Tread Preview

[If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our main 2015 Rocky Raccoon 100 Preview Article which contains many more pine needle textured musings and additional useful and insightful goodies. Plus info on live streaming race coverage throughout the day!]

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2015 marks the second consecutive year that Rocky Raccoon 100 has hosted the USATF 100 Mile Trail Championships which includes a $4,000 cash purse split between the women and men.

Over 100 women are ready to lace them up for this 100 mile scamper with 30 participating in the USATF Trail Championship.

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2015 Rocky Raccoon 100 Preview: A 100 Mile Journey Within The PineyWoods of East Texas

You’ve been told a lie.

Really.

So you may have heard about the 10,000 roots throughout the course or the unlikely chance of being eaten by Amy the Alligator. It’s all (mostly all) a creation of the mind.

It is a trail and does have stuff on it.

Do.

Enjoy.


This weekend’s 23rd annual Rocky Raccoon 100 provides a trail running environment designed for you to succeed.

  • Flat to rolling pine-needle covered trail.
  • A loop course great for crews and support between runners.
  • Great aid stations and volunteers.
  • 30 hours to get it done.

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Over 400 runners are ready to start the pilgrimage to Huntsville State Park just outside the city of Huntsville, located a couple stones throw north of Houston, Texas.

Rocky is our region’s second most high profile national race with awards and cash to be handed out for the USATF 100 Mile Trail Championship race. Nearly 100 men and women are participating in the championship aspect of this scamper.

Altra is also tossing in an extra $1000 for anyone to break the fastest 100 mile time on a 100% trail course in North America. Ian Sharman of California currently holds the men’s record he set back on that frosty day in 2011…at Rocky Raccoon 100. His time…12:44:33. Oh, and Ian is lacing them up again this year. The women would need to break 14:45:26 (set by Traci Falbo at Tunnel Hill) to take home the coin.

Rocky is also the second race of the Texas Trail Running Championship series. Big points ready to be earned.

Lots of stories to be shared.

Lots of memories to be made.

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