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Team TROT Ambassador Aaron McCreery

Our ambassador of the week is fresh off of his 2nd place finish at the Jailbreak 5k in Baytown last week!  Aaron McCreery is a fast AF runner who known to sport a serious beard during the race season.  As a new TROT and NFP Ambassador, Aaron knows how to represent the true spirit of Texas trail racing while looking sharp on the course. 

10 Questions with Aaron:

What’s the most useless talent you have?

I very proficient at harassing my wife in every way imaginable.
 

What is the dumbest way you have been injured?

I lived on a skateboard as a teenager and managed to fracture my skull grinding a bench in a K-Mart parking lot.


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

I’m reading Running Man by Charlie Engle.

 

What is the most distant place you’ve visited?

Colorado

 

Favorite running shoes

Hoka One One , Clifton 3
 

Favorite time of day to run

In the morning.

 

Favorite song on your playlist

Ugh, so hard to choose… Probably something by Janes Addiction or The Growlers.
 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My proudest running accomplishment came at Brazos Bend 50 mile race in December. I’d never run over 35 miles before that race so I was really happy with a sub 8hr (7:59:59) 8th place finish.
 

Favorite ice cream flavor

Pistachio Almond

 

What trait do you like most about yourself?

My stubbornness, when I focus on something I don’t give up.

Blazing 7s Trail Run Recap

Blazing 7s Trail Run Recap

As the clock started at 8am the day began for the first Blazing 7s Trail Run at 7il Ranch. The ranch has been working as a cattle ranch for over 150 years all on the beautiful 1100 acre ranch. The ranch has never been officially trail races on so the cows were surprised when all the gun went off. 

The 100k led out first with the order of running the red, orange and purple trails in that order to complete 1 loop. Each full loop was a bit over 21.5 miles for a total of 63.5 miles or approx a 100k. The 100k was led up front most of the race with Mark Junkans and TEAM TROT runner Matt Zmolek. Melissa Linan led the females out all day long and went to wire to wire. Around the 48 mile mark Matt Zmolek took the lead and finished up in first place for the men. Melissa Linan continued to run hard and ended up 3rd overall/1st female. 

Top 3 Overall

Matt Zmolek 11:26 1st, Iain Wallace 14:28 2nd, Melissa Linan 14:36 3rd place

The 50k was 2 laps of the red and orange loops for the 33 miles. Jeff Miller and Patrick Kubovsky led the race out from the start and hit the 1st loops within minuted of each other. Kimberly Palacios and Kelli Vance stayed within a few minutes of each other towards lap 2. In the end TEAM TROT runner Jeff Miller took the win with a 3:55, followed by Patrick Kubovksy in 2nd with 4:07 and Paul Stewart with a 4:26. Kimberly Palacios finished strong to edge Kelli Vance with a 5:37 to a 5:44 for 1st/2nd. Carmen Martinez hit the wire with a great 2nd loop at 6:02 shortly after. 

The 25k and 10k were barn burners with many great local runners all pushing hard to break each other in the sandy trails that accompanied the trails. 

For the full results of all the races click HERE

For the full race photos from the race click HERE

For the 2015/2016 race schedule click HERE