WHO AM I?
My name is Scott English. You probably don't know that name unless we have run together or you have happened to run one of my races at this point. I am NOT a fast runner, I do not win races, I don't stand out other than my bright colored shirts. What am I? A TRAIL RUNNER. I absolutely love the trails. The course of my life changed in 2010 when I decided to do my first 5k, the Durkee's Bread Run in Fabius, NY. I couldn't run 1.5 blocks from my house to the park down the street without walking.
From there I went on the path of becoming an ultra runner. I was hooked. 2011 I wanted to try triathlon and did a sprint distance tri, which was QUITE difficult to say the least. From there, with the help of "my guys" that I run with almost every Sunday I progressed farther then I ever thought possible. My friend T. Hollely introduced me to some real crazy runners, speaking of distances of 100 miles, or 135 miles through death valley. I couldn't believe the people he introduced me to, I was shell shocked. How crazy are these people?
2013 I ran Philly Marathon for my first marathon. Not 3 months before the race I said I would never do something like that. I can remember the moment in Hollely's truck when I said your nuts dude, I'll never do a marathon. I went to spectate my friend Maxon's first Ironman in Coeur D'alene, Idaho and was amazed again. I said to myself if I ever want to do this, I have to run a marathon. Hollely said he'd run Philly with me and so we trained. Without him I never would have signed up for the race.
2014 was the busiest racing year I ever had with 11 races including my first 50k and first real trail race. It was just the upmost amazing experience put on by a local running store near Raleigh, NC called the Mountains to Sea Trail Challenge. Then in 2015 I decided it was time to make the attempt at the 50 mile distance with one attempt at Febapple Frozen 50 with temperatures that ranged from 0-10 degrees for the whole race, a second attempt at my favorite race Glacier Ridge Trail Ultra where the average temp was 95. Neither of those races ended with a 50 mile completion but I did not let those DNF's deter my drive for the distance. FINALLY, Mt. Hood 50 was the most successful race I had to date, put on by the amazing Go Beyond Racing, with a strong finish and my current 50 mile PR.
Then finally in 2016 it was the year of 100. Again by Go Beyond racing, a 100 I would recommend to anyone who wants to travel for a race, the Mountain Lakes 100 in Oregon. In 2012 when I started running with the group on Sunday's I absolutely NEVER thought I would ever accomplish the 100 mile distance, but what I will tell you and anyone else ....
IF YOU WANT IT, YOU CAN DO IT!!! Trail running is a love of the outdoors and pushing yourself. So, let's do this!!
Thank you for your support and participation, I am beyond excited to bring you these races.