Run It Fast – Club Member Profile – Todd Shadburn #35

Todd Shadburn #35

This week’s RIF Club profile is Todd Shadburn #35! Todd just became a newly minted ultrarunner! He completed the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K on Saturday, September 15, 2012 in Madison, WI. Welcome to the ultra club Todd!

Let’s see what else Todd has been up to:


Name: Todd Shadburn
RIF #: 35
Facebook: Todd Shadburn


Years Running: 6
Favorite Race Distance: All of them!! 🙂 But if I have to pick: the marathon!!
Favorite PR: 3:56 at the Mississippi Blues Marathon 2012, Jackson MS  – 1st time I broke the four hour mark in a marathon, music was great also!!!
Favorite Race: Memphis St. Jude Marathon – Love running for St. Jude Kids. It was my first marathon and I have run four times as a St. Jude Hero 🙂
Favorite Bling: Ha- I like them all!  I hang them all up in my office, this is as close as I can get to being an artist! 🙂 
Next Race: In the morning, North Face Endurance 50K, Madison WI my first Ultra and Indianapolis Marathon in October.
What Makes You FEEL Fast?: Easy question – Extra bold Starbucks coffee before a morning run and a rocking playlist on my I-Pod: Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers, U2, Foo Fighters, 3Doors Down, Black Keys and Red Hot Chili Peppers are some of my favorites 🙂 

Why do you race? About seven years ago, on a business trip to Indianapolis, I developed a blood clot in my left leg.  I got it checked out in the emergency room and thankful it is was not too serious.  After I recovered I took up running and living a more healthy life style.  I wanted to set a good example for my two boys of how to take care of yourself and have balance in your life. 
Who inspires your running and why?  My two boys Jake and Zach!!  Dean Karnazes, Ultra Marathon Man – First running book I ever read 50/50, which motivated me to run.  I got to meet Dean in Nashville this year in Nashville at the Country Music Marathon, great guy and incredible athlete.  Dean gave me some advice “Never Stop Running”!  Joshua Holmes, met him several years ago before the club at a couple of races (maybe the Tupelo Marathon), always friendly and encouraging!!  Joshua is very inspirational but I have often wondered if he is really a cyborg or a machine the way he knocks out the miles!!  Haha   

Todd and Dean Karnazes

 Todd and Joshua RIF #1

If you could go for a run with any famous person (living or dead), who would it be and why?  Maybe Dean!  90% of the races I run in, I don’t know anyone, so I really enjoy running with our RIF Club, Carmel IN running club and people from work – Anthony Ohrey (RIF), David Beach and Robert Eaton.  Really famous enough people for me.  

Anthony RIF #27, Todd, and David.

What running moment are you most proud of?  Ha – My most proud running moment has nothing to do with a PR or what place I got during a race.  It was my son’s Jake’s first big 5k race, the Gibson Guitar 5k charity race in Memphis down Beale Street.  At the beginning of the race, he asked me if he could run it alone.  I struggled with it but I agreed!!  When the race started, he shot out like a bullet and it nearly killed me trying to keep him in sight.  About mile 2 he was exhausted and I passed him, encouraging along the way but I ran on up shortly ahead to give him his freedom.  As the finished line approached, Jake yelled, “hey dad wait up and let’s cross the finish line together”. ”.  As the finish line came in sight, Jake bolted for the finish line to beat me across!!  We both ran with everything we had while the crowd cheered and a photographer took the photo below.  My favorite photo of the two of us and my one and only FB profile picture!!  Just can’t change it!! 🙂


I think a lot of us started out running for health reasons – to manage weight, blood pressure, pain or chronic illness, or because of a scare like Todd had. Luckily, some of us come to love running for itself…just like Todd has. His enthusiasm for our sport is infectious. 🙂 He also has great taste in running music, friends, and inspirations! And what a great photo of him and his son at the 5K. THAT is how you Run It Fast!

Thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you, Todd. Good luck at the Indianapolis Marathon and Run It Fast!

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Lisa (RIF Club Member #5) has completed 27 half marathons, 13 marathons, 5 50Ks, 2 12 Hour races, and 1 100K. Her favorite races to date are the Disneyland Half Marathon, the Leading Ladies Marathon, the Bataan Memorial Death March, and the Jackson Jackass 50K. You can follow her on Twitter @runlikeacoyote

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