Terry is 48 and married to Beth Foust (we ran the winter racing series together this year), three children, Jessica, Katlyn and Jay who will all be crewing and pacing me at Wasatch this year. Terry wears a lot of hats. He's a Healthcare provider/administrator/consultant. Clinical provider and administrator focusing on the provision of healthcare services for low income and uninsured people. Also work as an expert consultant in the US to the MCHB (Maternal Child Health Bureau) and HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) and am faculty at USU. Internationally am faculty at the University of Accra Ghana (Africa), as one of their first International faculty members in their new clinical training program. Clinically expertise is in diagnosis and assessment of infant/pediatric hearing loss and have worked in India, Egypt, Ghana Africa and Costa Rica at the request of their respective ministries of health to develop national programs as well as humanitarian projects in the past 4 years. Terry's hometown is Missoula Montana - grew up about 20 miles out of town in the Bitterroot national forest among the deer, elk and bears. been chased by them all.
Here are a few facts about running when we talked to Terry:
Years running: 15+
Weekly mileage: 20 - 50/60 depending on race schedule and goals
Favorite race distance or race: Partial to Karl Meltzers Speedgoat 50K. Like its knarly no nonsense, no apologies approach to running in the mountains at Snowbird.
PR's - (5K, 10K, ½, mara, Ultra) or proudest running accomplishment: Proudest would be my first Wasatch 100 finish. Have run Wasatch 4 times and Leadville last year - this will be my 5th Wasatch this year - hoping for a PR on the course. Not a fast marathoner - PR is 3:20
Why run - (motivation, inspiration): People ask me all the time why I run 100 milers and it is hard to give an answer that they understand. I came across this quote that kind of says it:
" Perhaps the genius of ultra running is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and super computers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being-‐-‐ a call that asks who they are..." ~David Blaikie
1. to be active for life - to run through life full blast - healthy and happy and then cash it all in at once!
2. Ultrarunning goal - to run the 100 mile grand slam series one year
3. Climb Rainer and Mount Kilimanjaro
Favorite music to run to: Eclectic and like many types of music - you'll find a bit of everything on my running play list
Favorite running gear - (shoes, apparel, etc.):
Shoes - Trail Hoka Maffate
Socks - *(used to love the brooks Cascadia for trail shoes and still like them but switched this summer to Hokas and love them. Have totally trashed them and need to get a new pair - but I can really fly down hill in them. I had run the Ogden marathon in new balance minimalistic shoes and got Achilles tendinitis and could not solve it till I changed to the Hokas)
Best advice you've been given as a runner: ?Its gonna hurt so just go fast and get it over with" my friend Rick Neff
Best motivational quote:
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!"
Dr. Seuss (always like Dr. Seuss)
Your role model: It would have to be my wife - one of the absolutely best souls on the planet.
Favorite food: - Oh man, hardly met a food I don't like (why do you think I run?) Some favorites are a really great burger and fries (Yah I know - don't have it often but love it when I do), Greek God's Greek Yogurt, great Mexican, Chinese. One exception is I don't eat Indian food any more after eating with my hands for two weeks picking the goat meat off the spine and being deathly sick when working in the slums of Mumbia last year..
Hobbies or interests other than running: time with family and kids, fishing, reading, art (drawing/painting), traveling
Anything else the world might want to know about you: Hmmm I have been chased by a sow bear with cubs, been treed and kicked by a moose (while training for Wasatch), attacked by monkey's (and almost had to have the rabies shots in India) have been in a car wreck while driving a hearse with a dead body in the back... Started the first pediatric newborn hearing screening program in the west Africa area.. Have 3 of the worlds greatest kids