Hometown: Van Buren, Arkansas
Profession: Custodian for the Fort Smith School district

When and WHY did you start running?
I started running two years ago this coming February. I went to the Doctor one day and I weighed 340 pounds and was only 33 years old. She said I needed to “get the weight off,” or the doctor would do it for me! I said, “NO!” I was on two high blood pressure pills a day at 33 years old. So, one Sunday morning I woke up and hit the road and never looked back.

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Where do you prefer to run? Do you have a favorite route? 
Well, I enjoy mixing it up. I do not have one place I love because there are too many great places I run.

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice as a beginner, what would it be? Would I change anything?
Yes, and no! If you are a beginner, running takes time. The process of becoming a better runner does not happen overnight.

What motivates you in running? Medals? PRs? Fitness?
 The people at the race. The volunteers and people cheering us on when we need support the most.

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Do you have any racing superstitions or traditions? 
I do not have any superstitions!

Do you run solo or with a group? 
I usually run solo. I do have a running partner and trust me she pushes me to new levels, but mostly I run solo.

Why do you run the Hogeye? What makes it special? Are you running the Hogeye this year? 
Well, I loved the name so I had to check it out! I ran the Razorback Run to get ready for my first half marathon and I saw that it was the same people putting on the Hogeye so I went for it and loved it. Yes, I will run my second Hogeye this year! I am going for it all and will make it my first full marathon.

Is there anything we didn’t ask that you want to share? 
I have to say in closing. Running changed my life and my health. What people do not understand, running does not happen overnight, it takes time. I want people to remember to never give up when running gets hard. Yes, there are people going to be faster and people smaller than you, but at the end of the day we are there to set our goals and personal records and to have fun and meet new people. So never let anyone down and discourage you from running.

How can folks connect with you on social media?

Facebook: bruceandheather Horton