Adam Gifford

Age: 40, Years running: 15, Hometown: Sedona AZ, Favorite product: VERTICAL K

What are some of your lifetime running goals?

I am currently working on running every trail, descending every canyon and climbing every peak in the Grand Canyon. I get there over 20 times per year and for some reason the tick list keeps getting longer.

Do you have a claim to fame?

I own a run specialty shop that has been voted at the best running store in North America. The voters consisted of my mom and dad and 3 cats, but no one needs to know that part. We are a La Sportiva Mountain Running dealer, so I get to spend all day talking about the shoes that I love. I also spend time doing the accounting, but I don't talk about that part.

Do you have any vices?

I talk to my cats. A lot.

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

I get to start every day of my life on the trails in Sedona, AZ. Then I go to "work" and talk about the trails that I just ran. Then I go home and talk to my cats.

What drives you to run?

I love going places that few people have ever been. I love covering distances that take most people days to complete. I love having an excuse to wear really short shorts to the grocery store.

What is your favorite movie?

Cannonball Run, but only because Roger Moore plays a character named Seymour Goldfarb, Jr. who insists that he is actor Roger Moore. You just don't see meta comedy like that anymore.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

They call me...Dr. Sedona. (Disclaimer: I'm not a real doctor.)

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

60 hours. It was on a dare. I drove 45 hours straight from Phoenix, AZ to Philadelphia, PA after having already been awake for 15 hours.

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

Canada. Wait...yeah, Canada.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Maple syrup. It was actually one of the ingredients, but when you use maple syrup none of the other ingredients are really that memorable.

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

You would...wait...I answered this question before when I was in middle school and they put me in a gym class where we had to play balloon volleyball so no one hurt themselves.

What really scares you about trail running?

Knowing that one point in my life I will no longer be able to continue. Also wasps.

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

The 40-Year Old 40-Year Old. It would probably go straight to VHS.

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

I'm pretty much there already. Sedona, AZ is about as perfect as you can get.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

My wife wearing flip-flops and drinking a beer. It was the worst because it meant that she was so far ahead of me in the race that she had time to finish, change shoes, get a beer and head back on the course to meet me. Also wasps.