Adam Gifford

Age: 37, Years running: 12, Hometown: Sedona, AZ, Favorite product: C-LITE


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

When I get old I want to be referred to as “gnarly old dude” by the younger trail runners.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I write politically incorrect and borderline offensive newsletters for my store every month and send it out to a few hundred of my customers. That’s really all I could come up with for a marketing plan.

Do you have any vices?

I talk to my cat…A LOT.

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

It’s the other way around…being a trail runner makes me tick. I live in Sedona, so I am not too familiar with this “real world” of which you speak.

What drives you to run?

My wife. I can’t even imagine the smack talk that would occur if I started slacking on our runs.

What is your favorite movie?

Animal Chin (ha…see if you’re old enough to remember that one). Yup…I did the skateboard thing in the 80’s.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

I used to be called “The Professor” because I used to be a professor. My family now likes to refer to me as “Al Bundy” because I own a running specialty store and spend my day selling shoes. I’m hoping that name doesn’t stick.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

? I stayed awake studying in college for 42 hours. Well, actually it wasn’t 42 hours straight…it was a total of 42 hours of studying…spread over my entire college career…all 5 years.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Canada. That’s a state, right? It should be.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Dried papaya and walnuts.

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

Crickets. If you tried to listen to my thoughts you would hear crickets.

What really scares you about trail running?

Taper and recovery. I avoid them as much as possible.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

That Boy Ain’t Right

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

In an RV so I would never have to choose a single place.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

A seriously angry ex-girlfriend (you know who you are…you Googled my name and found my bio here…stop stalking me).