East Nasty of the Week: Will Arnold


Local boy, Will Arnold, is in that rare category of runners who finish a marathon and think to themselves, “Is there any way I can do two of those back to back?”

 Will grew up right here in the heart of middle Tennessee. In his younger years, he played lacrosse at MBA from middle school through high school. When he left home to attend the University of the South, Sewanee, he switched over to the sport of competitive cycling. For some reason, Will was more interested in the all-day (or “self-destructing” as he calls them) rides. Back then, he could be found trekking the 3 major mountain climbs around Chattanooga, or finding all the various routes up and down Sewanee mountain.

Will came back to Nashville in 2002 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education from Peabody University. He kept up his competitive cycling, and did not begin his real running career until 2007. Watching his brother-in-law compete in the 2006 Country Music Half marathon, Will decided to buy his own pair of running shoes and try switching from the bike to the foot.

 Early on, just 3 weeks after buying his shoes, he competed in the 2006 Oktoberfest 5k. After that he decided to set his goals a little higher, the 2007 Country Music Marathon! After that race he realized that he wanted to push himself even further, and in the following year he competed in the 2007 Dizzy Fifties Trail Run and the inaugural running of the Nashville Ultramarathon in 2008, both are 50 mile races. Will is scheduled to run both races again this year (the Nashville Ultra is on October 17th), and next year he is potentially thinking about running even longer distances and competing in ultra cycling races.

 A self-described educator, Will has now made the transition from the classroom to the private sector, and he has even started up his own educational consulting company, Brain Craft: Individualized Education Solutions. The best part is that he still gets the chance to spend time with middle school students who live life in the extremes, which means everything either “sucks,” or “rocks.” He is also a multi-instrumentalist, and has three plates with his name on them at the Flying Saucer.

When he is not working with students or running/biking psychotic distances, he can be found spending time with his wife Becca and their 2 ½ year old son, Davis.


10 Responses to East Nasty of the Week: Will Arnold

  1. Heidi says:

    Way to go Will!!

  2. I thought I would share this link with all of you to the Fifty States HALF Marathon Club


    Thanks! 🙂

  3. Margaret says:

    Whoa, Will! I didn’t know you ran ultras!

  4. Will says:

    Thanks, Rod! Now, all I have to do is make it to October 17th (Nashville Ultra) and November 21st (Dizzy Fifties) without getting sick…

  5. drew says:

    Nice climb nashville t-shirt buddy. that ones old school

  6. Hey, that’s my yard in the photo! And that’s my photo! Lookin’ good. Sorry to miss you this weekend. Tell the fam hello!

  7. Cristina says:

    I knew I had the coolest neighbor!!!!

  8. […] Miller and say, why don’t you bring on a “real” challenge, good sir. I know that former ENOW Will Arnold could not be any more excited about this route, he even called me today just to confirm that we […]

  9. […] Sewanee Noell majored in Psychology, but more importantly she was friends with fellow ENOW Will (the Thrill) Arnold. With her undergraduate degree in hand she ventured north to Nashville to work for the state […]

  10. Karen says:

    hey will! it’ karen from peabody! just checking out the EN site and saw you featured on here! i totally forgot to call you after we saw you out running that ultra this fall. we live on the street where the greenway loops there (forrest green) and were out cheering for dave’s cousin. you might have noticed (if you weren’t delirious!) that i was pregnant — we now have a 4 month old little girl, amelia! anyway, i am working to get back in shape and always thinking i need to come out and join the group. do you ever run with davis in a stroller? we have a BOB for amelia but she’s a few months away from being in it when i’m running. hope you are doing well!!! — karen

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