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TEAM TROT AMBASSADOR EMILY RIALS

Emily Rials is an OG TROT Ambassador who is small in stature but HUGE in personality.  Straight off her 3rd place finish at Jackelope Jam, Emily is eyeing Brazos Bend for her first 100k finish and induction into Buckle City, USA.  Emily is the brains behind the popular Huntsville State Park Trail Run group, and she is always looking to spread her love of the trails to new people and places! 

 

10 Questions with Emily:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

All of my talents are legit, but I am a professional ghost crab hunter.  Pretty proud of that..
 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

Only one?  Hmmm… when I was leaving my doctor’s office and I was running on the sidewalk back to my car, a toddler totally body slammed me and I ate pavement…That kid was so thug, and I still have the scar to prove it.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

The updates coming from the Barkley’s.  Tough year and STOKED to watch Maggie take a stab at it.

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

The Bahamas (don’t laugh at me). I plan to travel more someday.

 

Favorite running shoes

My Altra Lone Peaks!  I love them so much, there’s days they might go on the road with me.

 

Favorite time of day to run

Just before dark, especially if it’s a summer evening and a storm is coming in while the sun is going down.

 

Favorite song on your playlist

I have two,,,

Send Them Off! by Bastille and Cassette Tapes by L.I.F.T.

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My kids        In running?  Horseshoe 2017 50k – my first ultra.  It was a flooded, muddy mosquito infested mess and I’m STOKED to have completed it!!

 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Starbucks Java Chip

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

I try to stay positive and find a way to keep smiling even when things are really difficult, and I hope that makes life a little easier for the people around me.

Team TROT Ambassador Meg Reed

If you haven’t heard the name “Meg Reed” yet, you will after this weekend’s event at the Crazy Desert Trail Race.  Meg started running a little over a year ago, and she’s already established herself as a hardcore competitor with her 1st place finish at Wildflower Trail Run Marathon, 1st place at Tinajas Ultra (13.1 miler), 1st place at Bandera (25 miler), 1st place at J&J Trail Running Reunion (50 miler), 2nd place at Paleface Marathon, and 2nd place at Wild Hare (50k).  WOW!  Meg will be bringing her killer pace to San Angelo this weekend as she races for the podium in the 100k event.

 

10 Questions with Meg:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I can’t really think of one.
 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

When I was 10, I had the bright idea to jump off a swing in mid-air, turn around and land sitting down in a lawn chair. I jumped, didn’t turn, landed on the chair and broke both the chair and my arm.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

An article about thru-hiking the AT.

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

Aruba, I got to live there a couple years as a kid. No trails but lots of caves.

 

Favorite running shoes

Roads: Saucony Zealot ISO3

Trails: Salomon Sense Ride
 

Favorite time of day to run

Mornings.

 

Favorite song on your playlist

Anything classic rock or Texas country but I never listen to music while running.

 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My biggest accomplishment is always the last thing I have set out to do and completed. Winning the Texas Trail Championship Series last fall was pretty awesome too.
 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Mango sorbet

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

I am very persistent. When the going gets tough, keep on keeping on.

Team TROT Ambassador Rosalba Zuniga

It’s Lone Star 100 week, and we are highlighting an El Paso Ambassador to show you how tough our West Texas team really is!  Rosalba Zuniga completed her first 50k in 2017 at the Cactus to Cloud race in NM and followed up with the Bryce Canyon 50k in UT a few months later.  She’s running her first 100 miler this weekend at Lone Star because she wanted to challenge herself with one of the toughest mountain races in the country.  We know that Rosalba is an exceptional trail runner, and she will leave her mark on the Franklin Mountains this weekend as she races towards her epic finish.

10 Questions with Rosalba:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

Paddle boarding, definitely a useless talent living in the desert.


What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

Not running related: I was cutting butter and cut myself with a butter knife. There was blood, but instead of me getting a bandaid, my kids laughed so hard and said that must be the dumbest way to get hurt. My kids won't ever let me live it down.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

“When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope. We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell." Lance Armstrong

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

Korea

 

Favorite running shoes

I'm an Asics kind of girl
 

Favorite time of day to run

Night runs

 

Favorite song on your playlist

Mis Sentimientos feat Ximena By Los Angeles Azules


What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My first ever 50k last year Cactus to Cloud with 9,000 feet of elevation gain. All vertical climbing for the first 10 miles, and the rest of the course was not easy. It was just supposed to be a training run for my first ever 50k at Bryce Canyon. I came in with a wonderful time and finished with the first 5 people. This is the place I fell in love with 50ks.
 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Cookies and cream

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

I love that I'm adventurous and very strong willed.

Last but Not Least.. Meet Team TROT Ambassador Santiago Morales

Santiago Morales

What is your goal for 2016?  I plan on running the Seoul Marathon, Korea 50K and exploring the South Korean urban lifestyle as well as thetrails and running community. I recently deployed to South Korea to help support the ROK Army.


How long have you been running? I have been running for sport since 2008. What started off as 5ks on the weekend would eventually evolve to thinking about my first marathon (Austin Marathon 2013 with my wife Nichole who ran the half-marathon).  My first race was a memorial run for a good buddy of mine who lost one of his best friend's in an automobile accident.  Proceeds went to an organization called "teens in the driver's seat."  This was a 5k event and became my pursuit to become a better runner afterwards and always a goal to run for a cause.


 What is favorite running achievement?  I recently ran the Snowdrop 55 Race and Relay. 100 Miles ran for pediatric cancer research and scholarships for survivors.  I PR’ed the run by 8 hours. I ran the 100 miles last year in 37 hours, this year I would go on to run it in 29 hours.  I was very proud of family and friends who helped me raise over $1,200 for the Snowdrop Foundation.  Also, my wife and I just had our first child. She is only 2 weeks old right now.  Look for baby Eliana running the trails here soon!


What else do you do to train other than run?I frequently go on Assault Pack Runs and ruck marches in order to train up for selection for Civil Affairs housed under Army Special Operations Forces.


 What do you do for a living? I'm currently an Executive Officer in an Infantry Company in the United States Army. I am in charge of the maintenance of all our vehicles, logistical operations for all training and deployments, and resourcing ranges, food and ammo to ensure my Soldiers get the best training possible. I video chat with my Wife and baby girl as much as I can in order to keep up with those cherished life moments. I also enjoy tuning into TROT's periscope from across the globe so I can support my TROT family.

Meet TROT Ambassador: James Villanueva

James Villanueva

 

1) What is your goals in 2016? My goal is to do my first 100k and 100 miler.. I would also want to do the TROT two step!!!

2) How long have you been running? I have been running off and on since 2010.

Two knee surgeries and maybe ankle surgery soon...:( I was 225 and entered a biggest loser contest at work. I won the grand prize which was about 1200$. I also lost 76 lbs in the process...! Running allows me to unwind for the day to day operations of life..

3) What is your most proud accomplishment? Franklin Mts. I walked 99.9 of the 50k with  a torn ankle tendon just to have that awesome metal!!!

4) What other outdoor pursuits do you have? Since I can't run I took up Disc golf!!! I love the outdoors!!!!! I love to lift weights as well!!!

5) What do you do when your not running? I'm an administrative driver... For PSI in Temple... I like to think I'm a jack of all trades there.

TROT Ambassador: Rachel Adamson

Rachel Adamson

 

What are you goals for 2016?

1)  In 2016 I hope to get stronger and faster. I've seen I can go the distance, but I want to do it faster and more efficiently.

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

2)     I started running in 2010. I was 272 pounds and watched a movie about Badwater. I thought why not me? I haven't looked back since.

                Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?

        3) I'm proud of every single run, but Rocky Raccoon 100 2015 still takes the          cake for me. It was my first attempt at 100, and I was successful. Many                  great people saw me along for that race and the training involved.

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

       4) I am learning to love time on my road bike. I started riding in 2014, but             was never serious about it until a few months ago. A quad injury after                   pacing at badwater 135 this past summer helped to rekindle my interest. I           also really love lifting weights.

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

       5) I'm a former high school English teacher. I now homeschool my two                 children. There's nothing better than being there to witness their                             educational growth, and with our frequent travels(recreational and                       racing), it is especially sweet to just load up the camper and do lessons on           the road. 

TROT Ambassador: Brian Corbett

Brian Corbett

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

My running goals this year are to run a 6 minute mile, run at least 1 mile everyday (under 12:00 pace), and complete the Texas two step (BB50 & BB100).

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

I started running in January 2013 as a way to lose weight after getting up to 250 lbs and being unhappy with myself.

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

My most recent finish was Franklin Mountains 50k.

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

I like to camp with my family at Cub Scout outings.

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 process operator at the Citgo refinery in Sulphur, Louisiana.

 

Team TROT Ambassador Crystal Torres

Crystal Torres

1.) What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016? In 2016, I am hoping to place in my age group for the Texas Trail Championship ultra series. I am also hoping to place in my age group for the TROT Cup. I'm also hoping to kick some serious butt at Franklin Mountains and PR at the Cactus Rose 50

2.) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport? I have been running since 2011 and in 2012 I did my first race which was an obstacle course race with my mom. I started running simply to lose weight. I started at 244 and have lost a total of 90lbs since then. I first started running/ walking around a local park, eventually I was able to run a mile without stopping. Once I was able to do that I worked my way up to a 5k, 10k and eventually a half marathon in 2014. Last year 2015 is when it got really fun for me! In 2014 Brazos Bend Half Marathon was my first big trail race away from home and i fell in love with the sport of trail running. I took my trail running all over the state in 2015. I loved seeing the world through new eyes and exploring the beauty of nature.

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of? I placed 2nd in the female 20-29 Texas Trail Championship series. It was my first year competing and I was so very excited and also a little taken by surprise. This year I'll be competing in the Texas Trail Championship (ultra division) as well as the TROT Cup.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in? I love weight lifting and hula hooping. Weight lifting keeps my whole body strong but helps me strengthen on certain muscle groups that may be weak. Hula hooping is great cardio and an amazing core workout. It's actually how I first got active. I love the carefree feeling of hoop dancing under the sun. I just love being challenged, I've also participated in various OCRs and also done a goruck event.

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'm a graphic designer for a flexible packaging company. My day is mostly spent on the computer setting up graphics for print production, color matching items, photographing objects, copy editing, and figuring out the best way via print to create the customers desired look.

Meet Team TROT Runner Carmen Martinez

Carmen Martinez

1. What are you goals for 2016? I have 2 goals for 2016: Running the Franklin Mountains 50k (amazing race with KILLER scenery) and earning a buckle at SnowDrop at the end of the year. I was so disappointed to miss Franklin last year, so this has become my goal race for the year!

2.How long have you been running?  I've only been running for a little over 5 years. I started after a friend convinced me to run the Houston Half Marathon, and I haven't stopped since that first race. Looking back, I can't remember what I did with all my free time (and money) before I started!

3. What is your most recent success in running? I came in 3rd place at the TROT Blazing 7s 50k race!! I remember being extremely surprised when Rob announced that I had placed for my division at this tough race. It may be the only time I earn a respectable finish for a race, but it will stick with me as one of my proudest accomplishments.

4. What other activities do you do other than trail running? In addition to running stairs and weight training, I recently incorporated yoga into my regular cross training workouts. The yoga definitely helps maintain my flexibility while reducing my stress during the week.

5. What keeps you busy on a day to day life?  My workweek is comprised of being an all-around financial/operational guru for my department at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Outside of work, I spend my time raising my two boys AND adopting rescue dogs :)

Meet Team TROT Ambassador Venus Turner

VENUS TURNER

1.) What goals do you have, (personal or running related), going into 2016?
Personal- going back to school
Running- I want to run my first 100k and my first 100 miler. Run more 50 milers and of course improve my times.
Will be running road races such as The Woodlands Marathon, TIR Relay and Mexico City Marathon.

2.) How long have you been running and how did you get into the sport?
I've been running 7 years the first 4 1/2 years I was a recreational runner and never ran a race before. Everything changed once I ran my first 5k. I started running as part of warm up at a boot camp class I took. I didn't know I was going to like running. After I finished the class I'd go a run around the neighborhood. Started by running a mile and increased the distance until I was able to run 6 miles everyday. It's funny because I was embarrassed to run in shorts and tank tops so I'd wear sweat pants and short sleeve shirts.

3.) Most recent race/achievement that you are proud of?
My first 50 mile race made me feel so proud of myself and of that big accomplishment.

4.) What other outdoor pursuits or cross training endeavors do you participate in?
I have been training at the gym with free weights and a personal trainer.

5.) Other than running and being an amazing human being, whats your day job or what keeps you busy during the day to day? Another one of the things I love as much as running is cooking! I love cooking and being able to create dishes and play with the flavors of the food! That keeps me busy.