Events: Trail & mountain ultramarathons
Weight: 144 lbs.
Born: June 2, 1962
Current Residence: Bozeman, MT
For masters runner Scott Creel, 2003 was a good year. At the 7.5-mile Vail Hill Climb in July, Creel took the USATF masters mountain running title finishing 10th overall in 53:04. The next month, he decided to test his hill climbing talent in an ultra venue at the USA 50 km trail championship. Creel learned about the opportunity to run a longer distance on trails at the USATF championship races that he frequents and decided to run his first ultra at the USA 50 km Trail Championships.
The Golden Headlands 50K offered Creel (41) tough competition in an area known for its competitive ultrarunners. His rookie status as an ultrarunner and the competitive field proved to be motivational. Pitting himself against a field of national-class ultrarunners, Creel won the race in a record time of 3:49, two weeks after defending his title at the Bridger Ridge Run in Montana for the fifth time, in 3:10. The scenery at the USA 50 km Trail Championships provided inspiration for his win, "The course went through a fantastic redwood forest, the Muir Woods. For me, hills are good; so I liked the 7,000 of climbing."
Creel's prowess on the longer distance hilly trail course was not beginners luck. For 27 years, the Montana State University ecology professor has been honing his competitive running skills and he competes as a national-class nordic skier. He believes that masters runners "put too much emphasis on quantity of running and not enough effort into quality." Creel's quality performance at the USA 50 km Trail Championships combined the best of both quality and quantity.
In their own words...
Running achievement I am most proud of: Hmm, don't know.
Why I run: Because I enjoy pushing myself.
Future Goals: I think that goals are cheapened when we splash them around before accomplishing them. I read so much about people who are 'trying to break the record for [fill in the blank].' Personally, I'd much rather hear about the person who actually holds the current record.
Favorite quote: "Somewhere behind the athlete you've become, the practices, the coaches who pushed you, the meets you've competed in, the long time dedication, and the friendships you made along the way, there's a little girl who fell in love with the water; swim for her."