Forrest is 59 years old and has been married to Pam for 36 years! They have three adult, married Children- 2 daughters, 1 son, and 6 grandchildren. Stuart is the Owner, CEO of Stuart Roofing Inc. Hometown is Harrisville (grew up in Huntsville)
Here are a few facts about Forrest when we asked him about his running:
Years running: 6
Weekly mileage: 40 – 50 ( depending on whether race training) Which I am right now
Favorite race distance or race: Enjoyed Waldo 100K at Williamette Pass, Oregon – 64 miles and my longest – to date. Speedgoat and Buffalo 50M. Also anything that includes the H.U.M.R’s (Happy Utah Mountain Runners ) A great group of support friends!
PR’s – (5K, 10K, ½, mara, Ultra) or proudest running accomplishment: Ogden Marathon – full. My goal was to finish under 4 hrs. This was on my bucket list as a one time race six years ago which is what started me running in the first place. Took me 4 tries but finished 3:59:38 this past year.
Favorite training run: REALLY? Just one with all these great trails. Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim; Zion, Indian, Ben Lomond peak; Lewis Peak; Willard Bay, yes, Willard Bay. But, I really like rainbow north in the spring. This is the section my Brother, David, and Gib Wallace spent many hrs. making. This is a great run.
Why run – (motivation, inspiration): Because I can’t sing, Can’t dance, and facial hair got in the way of beauty pageants.
Goals: Join the 100 miler club by completing the Bryce 100 and collecting that sweet buckle.
Favorite music to run to: Sounds of Mother Nature. Actually, I have not tried music to date but it would probably be
Barry Manilow oh , I mean Need to Breathe or Eagles.
Favorite running gear – (shoes, apparel, etc.): Hoka shoes, Altra Torins, I just got a new Ultimate Direction pack I am liking.
Best advice you’ve been given as a runner: “never waste downhill by walking, downhill is just like resting” Jon Stuart
Best motivational quote: If Celeste can do it . . . ( and she can and does!) And least favorite quote: Run Forrest Run
Your role model:
I think so many of us are shaped by family, friends, people we have connected with over the years, and this will probably sound like a “safe” choice, but honestly, my wife Pam. She can not run, but she spends her time to make others time their time. She has supported me fully with my crazy running hours, She babysits the grandkids, helps at aid stations, crews – not just me but other HUMRS, makes “humr mini eggs cups” for runner tail gate parties, and pushes me to be better in running and all I do.
Favorite food: Beer, ribs, good and plenty’s, and tomatoes – but only if I was the one who grew them ( mine have got to be the best).
Hobbies or interests other than running: my tomato garden, trap shooting/hunting, and co-hosting backyard bbq/volleyball/cornhole parties
Anything else the world might want to know about you: I put together a relay team this year for the Ogden Marathon, in honor of a friend, Rich Abbey, who was very athletic. Rich was diagnosed with ALS ( Lou Gehrigs disease ) a few years back. Myself and a few more of Richs friends will be pushing him in an unidentified 5 wheel contraption built by Cory Johnson, if you know Cory, then enough said about that.
At this time we are just hoping Rich will be well enough to complete this run with all of us. I Would like to see this become an annual H.U.M.R event. I know guys its pavement.