TSR Runner of the Week-Chris Long

By: Kayla Dodd

Congratulations to our TSR Runner of the Week, Chris “Shonuf” Long. He has been on his running journey for 5 years now and is still going strong! His first race was on September 3, 2011 in Catlettsburg, KY at the Hanks & Feet 5K. His overall PR is 28:38, which he did at the Casa Run for a Reason in August of 2014. His current PR for 2016 is from the Steeple Chase 5k in Ceredo, earlier this year, with a time of 30:17.

His major running goal right now is to continue to keep up with his running journey and consistently run at a sub-30 5k! Running has been very motivational to him and keeps him on is toes and staying active. He’s also motived to run so he can stay healthy, “my wife works at Little Caesars, so my diet kills me!” He also enjoys the individuals he has met in the local running community and being able to help motivate them.

When asked what the coolest thing he has ever experienced through running he said, “Running the Shawshank Hustle 2015 where the movie Shawshank Redemption was filmed. It was pretty cool starting and finishing at the prison that was there.” A dream race that he would like to participate in is the Disney races! Chris would like to take the family there and do the races. His favorite motivation quote is Philippians 4:13, “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me.”

“Making new friends and meeting new people are some of my best experiences from running,” said Chris. “Some of my favorite people are Amy Compston, from the Amy for Arica group, all of the Alan Osuch Racers and the crazy group from Team Toni!” Chris mentioned that he is truly blessed by all of these people and the awesome groups and teams that they represent and he is honored to be a part of all of it!

A few random and fun facts about Chris and running: favorite brand of running shoes is Fila because they are comfortable and not too expensive, his favorite piece of running gear is his old school, small iPod and his furthest distance he has ever ran was his Half Marathons (13.1)!!!

When asked what advice he would you give to a beginner runner he said, “Don’t worry where you finish but just finish. Don’t compare yourself to others, as that is something that I struggle with. Run for YOU!” Running has truly changed Chris’s life and has lead him to do things that he never thought he would be able to accomplish. “I have done obstacle course races, half marathons and other races that I wouldn’t think I would be doing at 55 years old.  I see runners aged 5 to 10 years older running 6 to 9 minutes faster and many more miles farther than myself and that gives me hope that I will get there someday too!”

A few other fun facts about Chris are: he has been married for 35 years to his lovely wife, Paula and he two wonderful daughters, Karissa (25) and Marissa (22).  So far on his running journey, he has completed 115 races. His 100th race was the SummerMotion 10K.  He once did 3 5k’s in one day (8am, 9am, and 1pm). He has been running the Amy for Arica 5k and been involved with the group for 3 years and loves EVERYTHING that they represent.  His current workouts and trainings involve a mixture of running, CrossFit, lifting and he just started DDP Yoga. He also enjoys woodworking and making things.

Congratulations to Chris on all of his future running goals. Running has been instrumental in his life and he has met an awesome group of individuals over the years. Next time you see Chris out there, cheer him on with us! Team TSR wishes him the best of luck with all of his future running goals! Do you know someone who should be the TSR Runner of the Week? Comment below or email kayla@tristateracer.com.

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