9 Trail Runners Bringing the Funny on Twitter
These runners are laugh-out-loud funny. Follow them.
When I first heard about Twitter, I responded like a geriatric germaphobe walking by an amusement-park portapotty: “I think I know what those kids are doing in there, and I want no part in it.”
But, eventually, I went over to the dark side. I signed up for Twitter. And I was shocked by how much I loved it.
It is a blank slate for whatever you want it to be. News—check. Hot takes—check. Ferrets—probably. If you really were interested, I bet there’s a subculture providing hot takes on ferret news.
Twitter's trail-running subculture is less obscure but no less delightful. It’s a mix of fun personalities and interesting perspectives that can be brilliant, infuriating, sublime and everything in between. Twitter is a place where you can engage with the sport’s best, learn some things and—most importantly—have a few chuckles.
So where do you start? Here are nine trail runners bringing the funny on Twitter.
1. Sabrina Little (@beaninsneakers)
Two-time national champion (trail 100-mile and 24-hour) and US 24-hour record holder; PhD student
Sabrina is irreverent and hysterical—my dog probably knows that an unexplained laugh coming from the computer is from reading her tweets. Come for the laughs, stay for the profound takes on what makes a competitor excel.
2. Ameila Boone (@ameliaboone)
Spartan Race World Champion and Western States 100 Golden Ticket winner; attorney
Amelia mixes humor with honesty in a way that is sure to make you think about what makes you tick, as a runner and as a person.
Also, she will keep you up-to-date on all Pop Tart-related news.
3. Corrine Malcolm (@corrinemalcolm)
National 50-mile trail champ; graduate student
Corrine brings you a daily dose of epic, whether it be through running (her hobby) or donut-eating (her passion). She lets you follow her journey from unknown to one of the best trail runners in the world, one tweet at a time.
4. Eric Schranz (@UltraRunnerPod)
Ultrarunner; podcaster; beer commentator
Eric is what the sport needs more of—an objective commentator and participant who takes it seriously, but not too seriously. He specializes in news and podcasts, but throws in wonderfully biting commentary and beer advice.
5. Megan Roche (@MegRoche33)
Four-time national trail champion (50K twice, 10K, 30K); medical student; author's better half
Megan has an awesome dog (you’ll get photos and captions in a puppy voice) and a mediocre husband (but she doesn’t let that hold her back). Expect great jokes and even better sunrise photos.
6. Devon Yanko (@fast_foodie)
Third at Western States 2016; bakery owner
If I could use only one word to describe Devon, it would be “honest.” If I could use two words, they’d be “honestly awesome.”
7. Tim Tollefson (@TimTollefson)
Third at UTMB 2016 and national 50K trail champion; physical therapist
Do you like mountains? Do you like running? Then follow Tim for a reminder that there is always the option to move to Mammoth Lakes, California, if your current life plan doesn’t work out.
8. Alex Varner (@afvarner)
National 50K trail champion and Lake Sonoma 50 winner; investment manager
Alex’s Twitter feed is what brought the trail world the term “squishy” to describe the optimum body composition before an ultramarathon. Follow Alex for the squish and other gems of wisdom.
9. Jenn Shelton (@SheltonJenn)
Life adventurer; Trail Runner contributing editor
There is no succinct way to describe Jenn. So I’ll just keep it simple: Read what she writes. You will have a better life because of it.