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Shannon Sharp, Rock/Creek Race Team

Name: Shannon Sharp

Age: 37

Occupation: 

I serve as the Social Media & Events Manager for Rock/Creek Outfitters.

Years running: 

I started running in 2001, following double-knee ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation. My surgeon suggested that I avoid running for the rest of my life, so I made sure to do the exact opposite.

Why do you run? 

I run to stay physically fit, and mentally sharp. I prefer to run trails, but I am happy to train on the road. My latest passion is ultra trail running. I enjoy the suffering that often comes with ultras. I know that, no matter what happens, I will troubleshoot and overcome.

Favorite place to run: 

Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee
Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Black Mountains in Burnsville, North Carolina

Favorite achievement: 

My favorite achievement was completing my first “50K,” which was also finishing my first Barkley Fall Classic. I finished 4th Place Female that day. A hellishly amazing day.

Toughest moment in a race: 

Miles 15 – 26 of Stump Jump 2016 were probably the toughest miles I have ever put into a race. I was miserable, and my mind told me to turn around at Indian Rock House. However, I shut off the negative, embraced the struggle and finished. 

Goals for 2017: 

Finish my first 100K+ at the 2017 Georgia Death Race
Complete my third consecutive Barkley Fall Classic
Earn a buckle at the 2017 Pinhoti 100

Race Schedule for 2017:

  • January 7, 2017: Cloudland Canyon 50 Miler
  • January 28, 2017: Black Toe Trail Run – 12 Hour Relay
  • February 19, 2017: Dry Creek Trail Races – Marathon
  • March 10th & 11th 2017: The Georgia Yeti Nightmare 6 Mile & 10 Mile
  • March 25, 2017: McKay Hollow Madness 25K
  • April 1, 2017: Georgia Death Race
  • April 28 – 30: Grand Vaduta Stage Race
  • May 20, 2017: Quest for the Crest 50K
  • June 17, 2017: Jackal Trail Marathon
  • June 18, 2017: Backass Jackal Trail Marathon:
  • June 19, 2017: Asphalt Jackal Road Marathon
  • June 20, 2017: Dragonfly Jackal Road Marathon
  • June 21, 2017: Native Jackal Trail Marathon
  • June 24-25, 2017: Western States 100 (Pacer)
  • August 19, 2017: Backyard Classic – 8 Hour
  • September 16, 2017: The Barkley Fall Classic
  • November 4, 2017: Pinhoti 100

Tips for new runners:

Get professionally fitted for running shoes.
Ladies, get professionally fitted for a sports bra. 
Run when you can, and walk when you have to.
Don’t let anyone call you a jogger.
Surround yourself with encouragement.
Progress comes with patience.
Leave your watch at home.
Learn to love aid station food.
Don’t quit. Just one foot in front of the other.