Coconino Cowboy Eric Senseman is running into politics for Flagstaff City Council in the 2020 election. Jim Walmsley, Tim Freriks, Cody Reed, Jared Hazen, Makai Clemons, and friends of the Coconino Cowboys promote dreaming big, training hard, and supporting each other through camaraderie, inclusivity, and unconditional support. The relevance of community and perseverance are paramount in trail and ultrarunning, and it appears that Senseman is applying the lessons of endurance to a bigger cause.
Senseman won the JFK 50-mile in 2017. In 2018 and 2019 he toed the line at Western States 100 after strong racing and a bit of luck at Lake Sonoma 50-mile and Black Canyon 100K Golden Ticket races. From now until the 2020 eleection, Senseman will expand his training as he prepares for the political race. Since October 2017 he has lived in Flagstaff, and according to his partner (First Lady Cowgirl) Jacquelyn Cooney, he “has a long history with Flag and wants to get more involved in its future and the development and growth of the city.”
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If you watch one pump up video for #wser this weekend, check out the short film @mykehphoto put together explaining how my best friends and I, all from Flagstaff, AZ, made a pact that pinned us against the best ultra runners in the world at the most competitive ultra in the world, Western States Endurance Run. 🌎 ->Link in my bio<- Cowboys vs Everybody. Let’s go 🤠 Myke Hermsmeyer is also going to be running @coconinocowboys on Instagram and Twitter on race day, so be sure to follow along! Thanks for all of your support! We appreciate your positive encouragement SO much!!! 🙏 #lightingthefire #episode #timetofly #werunwithyou #feedyouradventure #coconinocowboys #cowboysvseverybody
If elected, it will be Senseman’s first time in local governance. However, he hopes to bring his tenacity from the trails and good judgement (known as the “El buen jucio” Cowboy) to make change in his community. While he gears up for this new kind of political race, Senseman will continue to train and race on the trails. Next up is The North Face 50-miler in California on November 16.