Aaron Shimmons, County Antrim, N. Ireland - PATH projects KREW
I earned by stripes as a fell runner in Ireland before extending the distance to self navigated fell running rounds, where I have held some unsupported FKTs through the years. From this point I progressed to travel around Europe racing in the hardest mountain races that I could find. These included completing the UTMB trilogy (CCC, TDS, UTMB), and twice towing the line for Europe's "Hardrock", the mega "Ronda dels Cims" in Andorra.
Pre-2020 I made the jump to racing stateside, competing at the Bigfoot 200 were I placed 7th male. This was a life changing adventure, which I am eternally grateful for. The friends you make in these adventures are keepers, so let's keep this party bus rollin'
Running accomplishment(s) you are proud of
My first podium at the wild and rugged Transylvania 100k. This course, as well as so many I have raced, suffered an epic storm, but I managed to navigate the sparsely marked course and it's 6500m of vert to place 2nd.
Any races or adventures on your horizon and / or bucket list?
I had planned to return to Bigfoot 200 this year to challenge myself again in the beautiful wilderness of Washington State, then tackle a new challenge in Moab 240, but with the travel restrictions from Europe, I have opted to defer Moab and run UTMB instead. It will be an opportunity to improve on my wet-weather-stricken 37-hour finish from 2018.
Your favorite PATH projects gear?
100% the Pyrenees Long Sleeve. Hands-down the only piece of running gear my wife has ever complimented.
What do you enjoy about running?
I love going off piste and making my own adventure with nothing but a time or vert goal. It clears the mind and inspires me in more ways than one.
Advice for runners looking to improve?
Don't go big, just stay consistent and listen to your body. If you're tired after a rest day, then you probably did too much. Dial it back for next week.Social channels you are most active on?
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