Beef. Runner. Travel.
Beef. I work with America’s farmers and ranchers to help them share their stories when you ask questions about how beef cattle are raised. I grew up on the ranch in Arkansas and those roots run deep as I invest my career in agriculture and showing how beef can be an important part of a healthy diet and fit lifestyle.
Runner. Fortunately, for me, beef fuels my running. I wasn’t much for running, then I was talked into doing a 200-mile relay with friends and the bug had bitten. I ran my first half marathon in 2015. My first marathon came in 2016. And I couldn’t decide when to stop, so I ran my first 50-mile ultramarathon in 2017. I am completed my first 100k in July 2019. I’d much rather be trail running than pounding pavement.
Travel. If work doesn’t keep me on the road, I am looking for a weekend to explore new trails. I’m good at earning points and miles for free travel and they’re always burning a hole in my pocket. I make my everyday spending work for me so I can explore our National Parks, run up the Rocky Mountains and find new experiences every weekend.
Who is this guy?
I grew up on a family cattle ranch in Arkansas with my parents and 2 brothers, later adding 2 step-sisters. I’ve been fortunate to work with cattle from conception to retail beef.
I attended the University of Arkansas where I studied equine science and moved to Oklahoma State University to focus on beef cattle. Later, at the University of Tennessee, I contributed to researching interactions between cattle nutrition and reproduction.
Living in the Texas Panhandle to work in the cattle feedlots and a summer working on a natural beef ranch in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming planted the seed for my love of the mountains and travel.
In 2013, I made the move to beautiful Montana to work with ranchers at the Montana Stockgrowers Association. This was an amazing opportunity to pursue a dream of living in the Rocky Mountains and working with some of the best ranchers in the country.
At the same time, the running bug bit and has yet to let go. It started with a simple trail run to explore the mountains and I haven’t stopped.
No lie. When I finished my first 50 miler, my thoughts at the finish line included: “100k is only 12 more miles…” I’ve been fortunate enough to fill my wall with race bibs, including two Marine Corps Marathons, the Chicago Marathon, several Ragnar Relays and multiple trail half marathons, 50ks, 50 milers and one 100k (so far). I am currently training to run 100 miles at the Lean Horse 100 in Custer, South Dakota come August 2020.
Where I am today…
I now live in Colorado, just outside of the Denver area, commuting via highway and plane for work with farmers and ranchers across the country with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Luckily, shoes are easy to pack. I spend much of my time trail running and do my part to be an example of how beef is an important part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
My other interests…
Red Dirt music. My time in Stillwater, Oklahoma inspired a love for the Red Dirt music scene. Coffee fuels my day. My bookshelves overflow with everything from Lonesome Dove to the science of Running.
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