Posted on Jul 15
Outdoor Ambassador: Erik Skaggs
Date of Birth: July 16, 1982
Sport: Mountain Running
Years of Experience: Running seriously since 2004. However, I have been playing in the mountains most of my life.
Where do you live? Ashland, OR
Your favorite New Balance running shoe MT110
Events run (and personal bests) All of events are mountain races where times are not comparable between like distances.
Major Accomplishments / Honors
- 2010 50k Trail National champion (Flagline 50k Bend, OR)
- 2010 La Sportiva Oregon Mountain Running Series Champion
- 2009 100k Trail National Champion (Waldo 100K Willamette Pass, OR)
- 2008 Quad Dipsea 1st Overall and CR (Mill Valley, CA)
- 2008 Gore-Tex Transrockies Run 1st Overall (Colorado, Teammate Max King)
- 2007 Quad Dipsea 1st Overall
- 2007 Gore-Tex Transrockies Run 1st Overall (Colorado Teammate Kyle Skaggs)
- 2007 San Juan Solstice 50 Mile 1st (Lake City, CO Tied with Kyle Skaggs)
What is the oddest trophy or prize you have won? A plaster cast of John Price's big toe spray painted gold.
How did you get started running? My younger brother definitely re-sparked my interest in running and trail running in particular.
What made you gravitate towards trails? Growing up with the Gila Wilderness as my backyard probably had something to do with it.
Favorite place to train Mountains, preferably steep and inspiring.
What is your favorite workout (and why)? Mt. Mcloughlin Tempo: Running hard to the top of a mountain is very simple and there is a definite sense of accomplishment...and a great view
What is your least-favorite workout (and why)? Anything on or near a road. Cars scare me.
What's the most awesome thing you've encountered in nature during a run? Sunsets. Be it in the San Jauns of Colorado, on the coast of Oregon or in the deserts of New Mexico there is NOTHING like a good sunset.
Favorite race SOB 50K in Ashland, OR is a fine event.
Favorite type of race Mountainous
What's the most grueling event you've experienced, and why? The inaugural Mt. A 5K (mta5k.com) probably had the highest percentage of pain per mile of almost any event I have run. Luckily it's a very intense short lived pain versus the pain of an ultra which can seem to last, well, forever.
Do you have any superstitions related to competing or training? No, but I sure wish I did.
What is your pre-race / warm-up routine? Unlike Max King I avoid tuck-jumps at all costs. Usually I just make sure that I eat a bagel, drink some coffee and get to the porta potty before the line is a couple hundred deep.
Piece of your kit you would never be without: Shoes are pretty important.
What gets you most excited to compete? Thinking about who I will be racing.
What is your favorite meal, the night before the race? Pizza.
What is your nutrition strategy during an extremely long race? Lots of gels and water.
What is your favorite post-race meal? Usually a really great hamburger stuffed with blue cheese and a nice IPA.
What gives you an advantage over your competition? They might be reading this so it would be disadvantageous to say anything.
What food / snack is your guiltiest pleasure? Food doesn't make me feel guilty and it is a fact that doughnuts taste good.
Which character from a TV program or movie best resembles how you think of yourself? Mr. Fox from the Fantastic Mr. Fox. We have a similar whistle.
What is something most people don't know, or would be surprised to learn, about you? My brother and I are actually not twins.
What activity, apart from running, most represents 'me time' for you? Playing music (mandolin and guitar) is a good way to pass the time.
What person has most shaped your career or life? Definitely my family.
What is the best piece of advice (not necessarily related to running) you've ever been given - and would be eager to pass along to others? My Dad often likes to tell me, usually as I am venturing off for long wilderness runs (with just a water bottle and shorts), "don't do anything stupid son". To this day I am never really sure if he is serious or just messing with me but either way it seems like good advice.
Why do you run? I run because it's fun, takes me to amazing places and makes me feel fantastic. Well, actually it makes me feel really great 97% of the time and the other 3% of the time it feels like hell.
What was your darkest moment out on the trail? Thinking about the fragility of my body on some of my first runs back from acute renal failure after Waldo 100k in 2009.
What was your most embarrassing moment? Many a deer has caught me with my pants down when nature called unexpectedly. Sorry deer.
What is your proudest? Setting the course record at Quad Dipsea in 2008 after missing it in 2007 by 38 seconds.
Person you would most like to run with My brother.
What tips do you have for new runners? Running might hurt a little bit when you first start but if you stay persistent and consistent you just might be lucky and become completely addicted to it.