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Kris Ellis: Community & Self-Evolution

Kris Ellis: Community & Self-Evolution

Meet Kris Ellis, runner whose journey reflects the authentic spirit of the running community—grounded in humility, resilience, and that of a genuine community connection.

For Kris, running isn't just about breaking records or achieving heroic feats—it's about the simple joy of putting one foot in front of the other and embracing the journey, one stride at a time.

Kris' love affair with running began five years ago, not out of a desire for glory, but as a means of personal growth and self-improvement.

You see, Kris weighed in at 140kg several years ago, then embarked on a journey to prioritise health and well-being, shedding weight through a combination of diet and running.

A wild 70kg was shed in 18 months!

One foot in front of the other. One step at a time.

I personally love these stories. In the world of social media and TV ads telling us how this random person lost 'XX' kg in 8 weeks, it's easy to think it's a simple process.

That's not always the case. In fact, it rarely is. It's hard.

I love that running has been the catalyst and the driver of change for Kris.

While Kris has conquered marathons and embraced the challenges of long-distance running, the beauty of the journey is found in connection + community.

From the local athletics group to the weekly parkrun gatherings, Kris finds solace and connection in the company of fellow runners. It's not about winning races or setting records—it's about the shared experiences, the encouragement exchanged on the trails, and the friendships forged through a mutual love of running (and health).

I often have this discussion at running events. 

Running is an obsession - we know that! But what a healthy obsession it is!

Physical activity, early mornings, friendships and bringing your family along to events and races creates awesome memories to share.

Reflecting on the journey, Kris emphasises the importance of perseverance, and listening to one's body. Running isn't always glamorous or heroic—it's about showing up, putting in the work, and embracing the highs and lows with grace and humility.

Kris is a guy that I personally have a lot of respect and time for. His willingness to consistently do the work is important, but mostly because of his willingness to engage with the running community.


Kris' favourite Runly product is the Original Running Vest in Black/Neon.