Congrats to Ebon Ellis for being named the Ultimate Fit April Runner of the Month! He was born and raised in Evansville, IN and works at Berry Global and dresses up as Evan the Otter. He is 24 years old and a dad of two to Isabella and Ebon Jr. He loves being able to put smiles on faces.
Here is an excerpt from his nomination:
"Ebon is a truly uplifting member of our runner community who reminded me to stop and enjoy and just love. While I can routinely do this during the week on my training runs, it’s a little harder for me to do this in a race as I’m competitive person who wants to continually improve and better her times. I hope to get to know him better this coming year and see him at more and more races. His positivity is contagious!"
What motivates you to run/walk?
Being able to stay in shape and when my kids are older being able to participate in sports with them
How many races have you participated in?
What age did you start running/walking for fun & competitively?
I've been running as long as I can remember I did my first local race when I was 22.
Favorite place to run/walk?
I've been blessed with a lot of energy so when given the chance to I run everywhere lol!
Favorite local race?
My favorite local race is definitely Race for the Cure. Being able to see the survivors amd ones still battling makes me thankful for what I have.
Favorite race outside of the Tri-State?
I haven't done any races outside the Tri-State but if anyone needs a running partner let me know!
Farthest you have traveled to do a race?
Favorite race distance?
5K's & 10K's are my favorites
Favorite race memory?
Anytime I'm able to encourage someone after my run is over which is amazing to me.
Funniest race memory?
Showing up at the Bound the Mound trail race 3 minutes late and still managing to catch everyone and finish 2nd overall was pretty funny.
Also seeing the parents run with their children in the strollers is pretty cool. I love their dedication that they have!
Favorite pre & post-race meal/drink?
Pre race I drink water to be hydrated. And post race water and all the free snacks that are always offered! I appreciate that very much.
What is your favorite brand of running shoe?
I don't have a favorite brand of running shoes. As long as they have laces I do my best!
How many miles do you run/walk a week?
20-25 miles per week
What are your future goals for running/walking?
Do my first half marathon in October and still do my best while encouraging the runners and walkers in the races I participate in.
Favorite time of day to run?
Early morning is perfect to me.
Favorite weather to run in?
50-60 degrees. Just like Goldilocks porridge not to hot to cold but just right!
Music or no music?
Music helps put me in a great mood and keep my momentum going.
Brandon L. Barrett