Kelly Slater


Age & Hometown: 53 years old. I was born In Syracuse, NY, but have moved dozens of times in my life and have lived in 9 states.


Current resident: Suttons Bay since November 2014

Employment: none

Family: Husband Ted, Mason 22, Emily 21

Years running: 42 years! Since I was on the 4th grade track team in elementary school.

Why do you run? Running has always been a part of my life. I have boundless energy and running helps me stay focused, happy, strong and confident, and somehow completely exhausting myself while running is very relaxing! I have spent my lifetime moving around the country and everywhere I go, I have found a welcoming connection with the local running community.

Running accomplishments: I have run everything from a 2-miler to half marathon in the two years since moving to this area, with many age group place awards and master awards. My most recent PR's since joining the 50 and older crowd are a 23:14 5K, 49:56 10K, and 1:55:00 1/2 marathon.

Favorite running shoes: Currently I am wearing Asics Cumulus 17.

Favorite races: Any race where I see the smiling faces of the people who love running as much as me!

Favorite race distance: Definitely the 5K, short and sweet!

Running hero: Anyone who is older than me that is still running strong and hard every change they can get. This includes a good many of the Traverse City Track Club members!

Favorite pre-race meal: Half a banana and half of a peanut butter Power Bar

Goals for 2018: To continue to challenge myself with different race distances and maybe get a little faster by running my races smarter. I would also like to get to know more people in the TCTC.

Favorite running quote: A good laugh and a long run are the best cures for anything.

Best running advice given to me: Run for yourself and you will never outrun the joy of running.

What is one thing your teammates would say about you? I am always happy!

How do you feel about representing the TCTC by being a TCTC Race Team Member? I am humbled to represent the TCTC Race Team and hope to be a positive representative of the club. I hope to encourage other people (old and young) to embrace the sport of running and look forward to running with the amazing TCTC community.