Meet Chris Remhof


Chris Remhof is new to the Ornery Mule Racing team! He is currently working on a NEW Ornery Mule Race that will be announced very soon! We are very happy to have Chris on the team!

Age: 43

Hometown: Leaf River, IL

Where you live now, and number of years you’ve lived in current state: I’ve lived in Byron, IL for the past 22 years and my entire life in Illinois.

Family – kids, spouse/partner/best friends: I’ve been married to my wife Terry for 17 years and we have two wonderful boys.

Occupation and how many years at job? I’m a quality inspector at Collins Aerospace (Sundstrand Aerospace) in Rockford and I’ve been there for 22 years.


When and why did you start trail running? I started running in 2013 because my wife was making fun of me about being a little out of shape. I ran a 3K with the boys and was really happy when they started walking after a mile. I think my first trail run was in December 2013 in Kentucky visiting my mom. There was a lake with some trails in town and we decided to check them out.  Slowly I got away from the speed of the road and embraced the grind of the trail.

What distances and do you have a favorite trail race? I’ve done 5K’s up to 50 miles.  Right now, I’m in love with 50 milers and want to run them all!

What race accomplishment are you most proud of?  My wife and I finished the 2018 Spartan Race Ultra Beast in Breckinridge, CO.  31 miles, 60 obstacles, real mountains and lack of oxygen.  Nothing says epic like climbing over 8-foot walls, carrying 5-gallon buckets of gravel up hills, wading through a chest deep cold lake and climbing 20-foot ropes during your 50K.

What, for you, is the best part about volunteering at trail races? The chance that you might make a difference between someone’s good time and great time or their DNF and finishing.


What have you learned from trail running? Enjoy the journey. The start and finish line are like the front and back cover of a good book.  Important, but almost meaningless without all the context in between.

What advice would you give someone considering getting into trail running or racing? Do it! Read up, join a Facebook group or a local running crew / club and give it a try. And remember Squirrel’s Nut Butter!

Do you have any goal/big trail races in 2019? I’m signed up for another 50 miler in the later winter / early spring and hope to find one later in the year.  Then I’ll think about a 100 miler in 2020.

Michele Hartwig