John Wiygul, Rock/Creek Race Team

JOHN WIYGUL

Age: 23
Number of years running: Running ultras for 8 years
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Occupation: Student at UTC, Manager/Partner of High Point Climbing and Fitness

Favorite Trail Race(s):
Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race, Stumpjump 50k, Upchuck 50k, Lookout Mtn. 50 miler

Favorite trails to train on:
Cumberland Trail, Sunset Park, Lula Lake Land Trust, Raccoon Mountain

Favorite trail running shoe(s):
Salomon SpeedCross 3

Lifelong running goals:
Be the best I can be.

Biography:
I have lived in the beautiful city of Chattanooga most of my life. I am 23 years old and go to UTC. My major is Business Management and I will graduate in May, 2013. I did my first 50k trail race in 2005 and have been hooked ever since. I have competed in numerous triathlons, marathons, ultra-marathons, and finished four Ironman races, as well as, gone to the 70.3 Triathlon World Championship twice now.

When I’m not training for triathlons or trail running, I enjoy rock climbing. It is the first sport I found a passion for. I am fortunate to live in a city that offers some of the best rock climbing in the country. I am in the process of starting a new venture, High Point Climbing and Fitness, with my business partner John O’brien.

Being part of the Rock/Creek race team has been a great privilege; the team has kept me excited in improving my running, as well as being a representative for the sport.

2012 season summary:
Mercedes Birmingham Marathon – 28th Overall 2:59:59
Ironman 70.3 Texas – 2nd in Age Group
St. Croix 70.3 – 3rd in Age Group
Scenic City Trail Marathon – 13th Overall
EagleMan 70.3 – 8th in Age Group
Stage Race – 13th Overall
Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon – 10th Overall
Still Hollow Half Marathon – 5th Overall
Ironman 70.3 WC – 33rd in Age Group
Stumpjump 50k – 10th Place Overall

Proudest running accomplishments:
My proudest achievement was going to the 2011 70.3 Triathlon World Championship in Las Vegas, placing in age group (18-24) 17th in the world and 7th in the nation. That year I also won the inaugural 2011 Dickson Endurance Triathlon and the inaugural 2011 Storm the Fort Triathlon.

Planned races for 2013:
Rock/Creek Trail Series
New Orleans 70.3
Ironman Lake Placid