Team Member Spotlight

May 2024

Christopher Earles

Make sure you’re having a good time. That’s Texas Beef Team member, Chris Earles, best advice for new and seasoned runners alike. 

Chris began running about eight years ago, after turning 50, as a means to stay fit and have fun at the same time. Currently, he’s training for his third full marathon (on 8/3/2024) at the Philmont Trail Marathon at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The perfect challenge, as he’s been a founding Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop in the past and still assists with scouting activities today. With this background, it’s no surprise that some of his favorite hobbies, outside of running, are rockhounding, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and other outdoor adventures.

Unfortunately, Chris shattered his left knee cap while trail running six years ago and had to undergo a bilateral knee replacement. Thankfully, he bounced back and has been enjoying the trails once again. These days, Chris isn’t too concerned with his pace or finish times in races, but is out there for the sheer enjoyment of the sport and calls himself a “happy tortoise.” He trains with the Waco Striders and often participates in races with his wife, Sandra, with whom he has two grown sons, three cats and a 14-year-old hound dog.

“The warm and positive attitudes of my fellow Beef Team members are inspiring and keep me going,” Chris says. “I love to hear those ‘Go Beef!’ cheers on the course. Basically, I’m motivated by fun, fellowship, and fitness.”

Since joining the team last year, Chris says he’s expanded his knowledge of beef and its benefits. Not only is it a nutrient-dense protein that helps support his active lifestyle, it’s also delicious and to prepare.

“I enjoyed attending the Grilling 101 in Waco,” Chris elaborates, “and brushing up on my cooking skills. At home, I enjoy making Tenderloin, New York Strip, and have a great homemade recipe for beef stew. We usually have a beef dish about three to four times a week.”

In fact, Chris is quite the cook. His workmates at Baylor Scott and White, where he is a family nurse practitioner, consider him their own “personal chef.” Chris also mentions he makes homemade Limoncello – cheers to that!

Read on to learn about Chris, a fun guy we’re lucky to have on the team.

Fun Fact: Whistling is my only musical talent.

Favorite Sponsored Race: I like small town races with my favorite being the Mooreville Groundhog 5k “Chase your Shadow” Fun Run that supports the church’s re-building after a devastating fire.

Favorite Non-Beef Sponsored Race: Race One in Waco sponsored Mission Waco to support the Brooks Oaks Neighbor Programs.

Post Race Reward: A hot bath with scented Epsom salts.

Race Mantra: It’s just “Push, push, push!” which is the only thing I can mumble when I’m breathing hard on a challenging run.

Dream Celebrity Running Partner: I would pick Jim Gaffigan because he’s hilarious and I think I could keep up with him.

Best Running Advice: Always make sure you’re having a good time! And, I would also say that the ‘No pain, no gain’ quote is a lie. Instead listen to your body, and react accordingly — especially if you’re hurting!

Favorite Running Shoes: Saucony for both road and trail.

Running Music: I like to listen to 80s and Alternative Country.

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