Rob Clements, aka the Maryland Trail Runner, began his trail running journey seven years ago when his girlfriend at the time (now his lovely wife), talked him into signing up for a 26-mile trail race in the mountains of Pennsylvania. How hard could it be, right? They signed up and were instantly thrown into the world of trail running. To date, Rob has completed three ultra-marathons, six marathon distance trail races, five half-marathons and a number of other varying distance trail races.

Having played sports throughout his childhood, high school and into college, Rob had a major love/hate relationship with running. It was a necessary evil. After graduating college, he took a pretty aggressive stance towards any kind of cardio. Coming off years of “forced” running, he was now the boss and decided to drop the “R” word from his vocabulary. He could see his fitness level slipping away very easily and quickly, but he didn’t give it much thought at the time. He was comfortable being comfortable. This was about the time when he was convinced to sign up for a marathon. He started training, running 15-20 minutes at a time to slowly work his way back into shape. And it was hard. Really hard. After successfully completing the race, he was hooked on trail running and hasn’t looked back. He realized he had fallen in love with the journey, the experience and the accomplishment.

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