Every runner needs to experience the Hogeye at least once. The runners, volunteers and staff are a different breed of people and I am proud to be a member of that breed. My son and daughter run marathons with me and the three of us will be at the Hogeye this year to run the full marathon. We always stay at the Chancellor Hotel, which is great because the starting line is just feet from the front door. And we always eat at Hugo’s at least once – it has great food and is also close to the hotel.
When I am at home in Oklahoma, I enjoy training on Riverside in Tulsa. The scenery is beautiful and I often get caught up in enjoying the scenery and watching the eagles fly and I forget I am running. I train by myself. If you are a runner it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are—the important thing is that you are out there running. You are faster than the person sitting on the sofa!
The Hogeye will test you. There are some nice hills, but you can overcome them with persistence. You will also meet some of the nicest people and I am always thankful for the wonderful volunteers. It always feels like we are on vacation when we go to Fayetteville. I am excited for the race this year and to meet new people. Come out and run or cheer us on in Fayetteville April 9th and 10th!