About me

Lon Freeman

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Background

Played football in high school, and did almost every track and field event in New Mexico.

Got into distance running while browsing in a used bookstore one summer and being confronted by the cover of Runner’s World advertising the 100th Boston Marathon. Thinking what a cool thing that would be to do, immediately began training for a Boston qualifier.

Nine months later, while doing the 100th Boston Marathon, picked up two free issues of Triathlete Magazine at the race expo and saw a person in an Ironman Finisher jacket. Not really believing the distances on the jacket, began thinking about doing a triathlon. Was immediately hooked after first Sprint Tri in New Mexico in 1996.

Seven years and several Ironmans later, while doing the World’s Toughest Half in Auburn, California, the half marathon course coincided with the last few miles of the Western States Trail. Not really believing that someone could (or would) run that far, immediately began thinking about doing an ultra.

Several years and several ultras later, still going strong with trail running and looking forward to the next adventure!

Racing highlights

Trail running - 7 100M finishes (5 Western States), 100K PR 2007 Miwok 8:09:52, 50M PR 2008 at American River 5:58:32, 50K PR 2008 Skyline to the Sea 3:38:33

Favorite trail adventures in other states (...so far) - White River 50M (WA), Mountain Masochist 50M (VA), Ice Age 50M (WI), Laurel Highlands 70M (PA), Vermont 100K (VT), Jemez Mountain 50M (NM), Silver State 50M (NV), Old Cascadia 50M (OR)

Triathlon - 11 Ironman finishes (4 Ironman Hawaii), Ironman Hawaii 2003 (10:16:41), 1st in age group (3rd overall) Ultraman 2003, 4th in age group at Half Vineman 2003, Ironman Florida 2002 (9:45:58, PR)

Road running - Marathon PR at the California International Marathon 1996 (2:45), half marathon PR at 2011 Davis Stampede (1:16), 6:38 double-marathon as part of Ultraman 2003

More results: athlinks, ultrasignup

Firm believer in: Consistency, planning, alternative recovery therapies (massage, cupping, etc.)

Besides being an aerobic monster: Can tell a good story. Loves planning logistics of endurance events and training for them.