I’m back at it with the Rocking Runner of the Week. This latest Rocking Runner is a bit of a celebrity in the Lowcountry. He is a man that I admire greatly. When it comes to race directing, he has shown me the ropes. When I wanted to do my first race he stepped up and guided me through the process. I am very grateful for his guidance and friendship.
This man, known to some as the Wizard, has made ultra running a household commonality in the Lowcountry. He is the owner of Lowcountry Ultras. All of his races tend to sell out because he puts on such great events.
Without further ado, here is our Rocking Runner of the the Week: the man, the myth, the legend…The Waz!
- Name: Tim Waz
- How long have you been running? I’ve been running since the 2nd Grade
- What brought you to running? We were FORCED to run a mile during the Presidential Fitness Challenge but we were promised donuts when we finished, so I guess it was donuts and watered down lemonade that got me started, but the fact that I won the race motivated me into wanting to keep going.
- What do you get from running? Personal gratification, friendship, and fitness
- What kind of runner are you (5k demon, 10k road runner, half marathon madman/woman, marathon zombie, ultra-nutjob, make up your own description)? I enjoy the longer distances that Ultras have to offer because my speed from formers days seem to faded as the grey grew in.
- Are you a trail runner or road runner? I love running trails, but find that 80% of my training runs are on the road.
- Do you race? Yes, not as much as I’d like, but enough to see good friends and get some long training runs in.
- Favorite race? Chattanooga Stage Race and Homestead 10x5K
- Why is that your favorite race & how many times have you run that race? The Chattanooga stage race is my favorite race because it’s a tough challenge to run three days back to back, while being held at three different/ beautiful courses and Rock Creek always puts on a great event! Homestead is one of our newest races and the challenge that it brings is unlike anything else out there along with a fun/ party atmosphere!
- If you could run any race in the whole world which would it be and why? The Barkley Marathon, because I know and expect to fail until I piece the right training and race plan together and am willing to dedicate the next few years to putting those pieces together. I ended up 33rd on the “Weight List” last year and made it up to 6th by race day. I’m hoping this year will find me higher on the list. If not… I get another year of training before my first failure.
- How many times do you run per week and what is your weekly mileage average? 5-6 times per week, 60-70 miles
- Favorite running shoe? Brooks Pure line Why? I have a slightly large toe box and the Pure line fits my foot to the point that I don’t even notice my shoes.
- Do you have any specific running goal? 1. Run an Ultra with my kids 2. Run an Ultra with my Grandkids 3. Beat both my kids and my Grandkids in said Ultra.
- What is a running milestone of yours? Pr and such? I haven’t set any PR’s yet… I’m still working on them.
- Please share a funny and/or an interesting moment you’ve experienced running (could be racing or training) One of the best experiences that I have experienced through running is becoming an Race Director. I have enjoyed putting on challenging events for all my friends and I have enjoyed meeting so many amazing runners over the years.
- Do you have any training tips you would like to share? I tend to get the bulk of my mileage in from two a day runs. It makes it easier to get the miles in when you might not have the time to get in a 3 hour run in during the week.
Please name three inspirational runners to you and why they are inspirational (they can be famous, family, friends).
- Tommy Neeson – He’s a guy that can break world records and is as down to earth as you can get. Tommy runs for all the right reasons and is a pleasure to watch
- Eric Cummings – My older brother who always out ran me as a child and encouraged me to push harder and harder. It was alway fun to watch him race (and win) and even more so now that he is a coach and continues to motivate kids and put together state championship teams year after year
- Joe Fejes – Joe continues to amaze me race after race with his performance and dedication!
Any favorite quote that lends itself to your running and/or philosophy on life? Please share.
- Running is much more enjoyable when you’re having fun, when you get to a point that it is no longer fun, take a break and wait until the spark comes back.
There you go…Mr. Waz, a family man, race director, a runner’s runner and, a beekeeper too. A great guy who puts on great events. If you are an ultra runner or an aspiring ultra runner then you haven’t done an ultra until you’ve done one of Tim’s ultras through Lowcountry Ultras.
And, his gift to the world? Wazzing: To walk a lap and then run through the finish line, giving the impression of running the whole time. Pouring water over yourself inconspicuously prior to running through the chute may be employed to further the effect.
Thanks for stopping by.