The elite division of the community nonprofit running organization supports local developing, national-class, and world-class distance runners.
Team Run Flagstaff, a nonprofit community organization located in the world-renowned running paradise of Flagstaff, Arizona, is honored to welcome local ultrarunning star Rob Krar to its Team Run Flagstaff Pro division.
Krar, who has lived in Flagstaff since 2005, has quickly risen to the top of the ultrarunning world in the past two years. He is the 2014 Western States Endurance Run champion as well as the 2014 Leadville Trail 100 champion—he has recorded the second-fastest times in the history of both those prestigious races. In his 100-mile debut at Western States in 2013, he placed second. Krar owns the Fastest Known Time records for the single and double crossings of the Grand Canyon. He is sponsored by The North Face, is a full-time (night shift) pharmacist, and also represents Flora Health and Wanderlust Brewing Company.
“Rob has an affinity for lifting the spirits and abilities of those around him that’s an invaluable quality to be shared with the athletes of TRF Pro,” said Vince Sherry, TRF Pro coordinator. “Flagstaff is a special place to run. Whether it’s training for the track, roads, or trails—from a mile to 100 miles—Team Run Flagstaff is a family of runners from all disciplines. The Pro division is an extension of TRF and Rob couldn’t be a better fit for it.”
Krar began attending Team Run Flagstaff community workouts eight years ago and says he was “instantly welcomed and encouraged by strangers who have become lifelong friends.”
“Flagstaff is one of the best places in the world to be an ultrarunner—or really any type of runner,” Krar said. “While many recognize the elevation and miles of trails and dirt roads as the reason, locals know Team Run Flagstaff is really what makes being a runner in Flagstaff so special.”
Krar joins a roster of 14 TRF Pro athletes, including Olympians Ryan Hall and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, who receive support under the banner of Team Run Flagstaff, an organization that is thrilled and honored to inherit a long community tradition of providing assistance for local runners competing at the highest levels.
Now in its fifth year, TRF has more than tripled its membership to serving nearly 400 runners annually, created two community races, added a youth-running division, and has been awarded multiple grants in support of an adult beginner program. In return for the support TRF Pro athletes receive, each volunteer their services back to Team Run Flagstaff, helping in their chosen areas of expertise—from coaching, nutrition counseling, and strength training, to accounting, marketing, and event planning.
“I look forward to sharing tips on how to balance running with a busy schedule and lessons I’ve learned from my own failures and successes in training,” Krar said. “I will encourage and support members to test their limits in new ways.”
For additional information, please visit www.teamrunflagstaff.org.