New Cocoa Elite Ambassador: Ultra-Distance Runner Michael Owen

Michael Owen joins the Cocoa Elite team as a Ultra-Distance Running Ambassador. We are extremely pleased to make this announcement. Read on to learn more about Michael’s running focused on long distances.

owen-005Michael loves to run. Not just running but running very long distances over rough and rugged terrain. Michael is an ultra-marathon runner and specializes in the 100-mile distance.  Did we mention that Michael loves to run?

What attracts Michael to running long distances on mostly trail and mountainous/hilly terrain, is the pursuit to find out more about his own limits and the environment around him. When he first started running trails in 2008 he remembers just wanting to discover what was around the next bend on the trail.  This passion for trail running has remained ever since!

What Michael enjoys even more than running on trails is sharing his passion with other people.

In 2013 he created a Trail Running course for college students at Ohio University.  He says one of his proudest moments was seeing 4 students from his first class go on to run their first ultra-trail marathon.

Over time Michael got to witness others run their first trail race.  Michael also enjoys directing trail races.  Two of his most notable events are the Iron Furnace Trail Run and Thunderbunny 50K in Southeastern Ohio. These events attract many participants every year from first time Ultra Distance runners to seasoned veterans.Owen-003

He is also a co-founder of community running group Team Run Athens.

Michael started running near the end of his high school years and went on to compete in college at the NAIA school, Shawnee State University.  He savors his four years of running in college with great teammates and memories, including becoming an individual All-American.  Two weeks after his last college cross country race, Michael ran his first 50 Mile trail race. With his 9th place finish in one of the most competitive U.S. ultra-marathons, he knew ultra-marathons would become his passion.  Michael has now run 19 ultra-marathons including four 100 mile events.

Some of Michael’s achievements and personal bests are:

  • Track 5K:  14:59
  • XC 8K:  24:42
  • Trail 50K:  3:31:40
  • Trail 50M:  5:59:56
  • Trail 100M:  15:48:17
  • 2nd Place in the 2013 USATF 100 Mile Trail National Championship
  • One of only nine runners to break 6 hours at the historic Ice Age Trail 50 Mile
  • 3rd Place in the 2014 Grindstone 100 Mile
  • 1st Place in the 2015 Mohican Trail 100 Mile  

Michael’s most recent running venture is being the co-founder and General Manager of a new specialty running store in Athens, Ohio called Ohio Valley Running Company.

Michael and his wife Bobbi have a one-year-old daughter, Fern, and they all live together in a tiny barn in the country with their two black labs.


We proudly welcome Michael Owen to our elite team of ambassadors.  We welcome his knowledge and willingness to share what he is learning on his journey through running.

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