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John Brower, Rock/Creek Race Team

Name: John Brower

Age: 41

Occupation: Licensed Professional Counselor

Years running: 17

Why do you run?

I may not always be at the top, but I always try and do my best, and enjoy each step. The pursuit of the sport has given me life-experiences and life-lessons on perseverance, discipline, and endurance that I would have been hard-pressed to learn elsewhere. I have been able to learn about myself, about who I am, about who the Lord has created me to be…in the great spirit of Eric Liddell, when I run, I feel God’s pleasure.

Favorite places to run:

Great Smoky Mountains

Tips for new runners?

With ultra running there’s good and there’s bad…when it’s bad, just keep going til it gets good again!

Favorite achievement?

Finishing my first ultra in 2004…Stumpjump 50k!

Toughest moment during a run/race?

Having to take a 154-mile dnf due to a potential stress fracture in my leg at the Colorado 200.

Goals for 2017?

1/14 – 24 hours of Hostelity
1/28 – Frosty 15M
2/25 – Mt Cheaha 50K
3/4 – Mississippi 50M
3/18 – Lake Martin 100M
4/29 – GFL
5/19 – Cruel Jewel 100M
8/4 – Ouray 100M
10/7 – Stumpjump 50K
10/21 – Big Backyard Ultra – last man standing
12/2 – Stillhouse 100k

John at the ’16 Stillhouse 100k