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Paddy O'Leary

PADDY O'LEARY
• ULTRA RUNNER •

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA (Born and Raised in Ireland) 

TWITTER: poleary87

INSTAGRAM: poleary87

FAVORITE GU PRODUCT: Energy Stroopwafel

FAVORITE ENERGY GEL FLAVOR: Is aoibhinn liom an "Salted Caramel" (dropping some Irish on you there!)­­

FAVORITE NUTRITION HACK
When I'm racing the 10+ hour ultras, I'll put my aliquots from my large ROCTANE Energy Drink Mix containers into little plastic baggies for easy use on the run. It does look suspicious when I have them in my carry-on, but hey I haven't got detained yet!

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO COMPETE? WHAT'S YOUR WHY?
I love competition, the opportunity to drive yourself into the depth of a well with your friends, peers and competitors. But for me, it comes back to getting the opportunity to share time on the trails and mountains with a great community, whether we're racing or not. We're pretty damn fortunate to get out into the mountains, and I'm grateful for that every day!

WHAT'S YOUR GU MOMENT?
For the first 40 miles of the 2017 TNF 50 Miler in San Francisco, I was mixing it with the large pack chasing Tim, Zach and Hayden and their race for record times. 40 miles of hammering and carnage was taking its toll stringing out the pack. It was a GU Energy Gel right before the Marincello climb (and a couple more after that) which gave me the boost to chase down a lot of these lads and take 5th - one of my proudest results in the world's most competitive trail 50 miler!

2020 RACE CALENDAR

I'm going fast and short (relatively) this year with my racing.

  • Dipsea and Broken Arrow in June
  • Reeks Skyline race in July (Ireland)
  • OCC 55k in Chamonix in August
  • World Long Distance Trail Championships 42k in Lanzarote in November
  • Maybe, maybe... UTCT 100k in December.