james torres ambassador

Meet a great RGV runner and Team TROT Ambassador James Torres

James Torres


1.) What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016?

As far as my running, I’m working on improving my speed. I look forward to some PR's in 2016. I’m planning to earn my first 100k finish as well. In my personal life, 2016 will likely be a year of professional and academic development as I continue working towards my education & career goals.

2.) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport?

I started running in 2011, primarily to lose weight. Along the way I lost approximately 60lbs and decided to register for my first 5k with my co-workers. I enjoyed the challenge of finishing the race and I continued to train and race, stumbling across trail running along the way. I had registered for what I thought was just a nighttime 5k and turned out to be a night time trail 5k. After several local trail races I eventually found my way to the Brazos Bend half marathon in 2014 and after that race I knew this was what I wanted to do.

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?

Last year was my first year running ultras and I conquered some beastly races including Cactus Rose 50 mile & Franklin Mountains 50k. In addition, I also helped my local race team place 3rd in the 2015 USATF Texas Trail Championship.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in?

I try to get in some weight training every week to help me stay conditioned. Before going back to school I would sometimes go mountain biking or play tennis.

5.) Other than running and being an amazing human being, whats your day job or what keeps you busy during the day to day?

I work as a tech support rep for T-Mobile and I am working towards my bachelors degree in Business Information Systems. That pretty much describes my life at the moment - work, running, and school.