TSR Runner of the Week-Fred Jones
By: Kayla Dodd
Congrats to our friend Fred Jones on being our featured TSR Runner of the Week! Fred has been on his running journey for 11 years and is still going strong! He ran his first race in 2005 in St. Albans, WV. He holds a PR of 17:41, which he earned at 56 years young, at the GreatRace in Pittsburgh, PA. Four years later, he still is running lots of races, and still holds a sub-20 5k time.
One of his current running goals is to continue finishing 5k’s in under 20 minutes, through the age of 70! Fred is motivated to run because of the health benefits and the healthy lifestyle that he receives from training and running races. Running is both a mental and physical sport!
His favorite race experience has been the Kanawha Trace 50k sceneries, and the beautiful trails he has seen while on the run! Upcoming races that he is currently working towards are: The Iron Horse Half Marathon (13.1 miles) on October 16th in Midway, KY and the Frozen Sasquatch 50k (that is 31 miles…for those of us keeping track at home) at the Kanawha State Forest. Fred’s dream race is the famous, Boston Marathon!
His favorite running and motivational quote comes from the well-known brand name of Nike! “Just do it!!” His best experience from running has been the friends that he has made throughout the years and just meeting lots of new people. His favorite brand of running shoes is Hoka and his “must-have” item is his sunglasses! His furthest distance that he has ran, so far, is a Marathon (26.2 miles), which he will surpass when he completes the 50k!
Advice that he would like to give to a beginning runner, or just any runner at all, is to “keep training, it only gets better!”
Running has been instrumental in Fred’s life and has provided overall health benefits for him and advanced his quality of life. Be on the lookout for Fred at your next race! We wish him the best of luck on ALL of his running goals, TEAM TSR will see you at the finish line!
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