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Trail Running

Why We Run Trails

We seek the cathartic bliss of pre-dawn morning runs to catch the first fleeting rays of sun; the sought after time with friends where laughter and wisdom are forged with sweat, and the profound accomplishment of conquering a climb to revel in the beauty below.

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Athletes

Asheville, NC

Jay Curwen

Jay Curwen

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I am the race director of several trail races here in the Asheville area (including the Mount Mitchell Challenge) and have a decent following in terms of a CC list and various social media outlets…

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Julie Wunder

Julie Wunder

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I have a large following in Asheville because for the past 11 years I have worked at the ABC affiliate in Asheville as the morning meteorologist. Although I am ending my employment at the station at the end of the month due to scheduling problems (I’ve woken up at 2AM for 7 years!,) my job in TV has made my name well known in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. I have also been running and racing in the area for the past 5 years and have been very vocal of my love of the sport!I believe my social media stats will be an asset to the program.

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Aspen, CO

Lissa Ballinger

Lissa Ballinger

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I have raced in the Leadville 50, the Sage Burner 50K, the Power of Four in Aspen, the Collegiate Peaks Race (25miles) in Buena Vista, and the Backcountry marathon in Aspen in the last few years. I have completed the R2R2R (RIMTORIMTORIM) in the Grand Canyon and hope to do the Zion Traverse next year. I am an avid runner and can be found on the trails in Aspen and beyond any day of the week.

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Stephen Szoradi

Stephen Szoradi

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I run the marathon training program for Aspen Alpine Guides and the Aspen BC Marathon. I race regularly from half to 100 mile ultras including the UTMB and LT100 as well as this year competing in the age group nation champ triathlon. I’ve been involved with the following: Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, Leadville 100, Leadville 50’s, Coyote Ridge Trail 50k, Power of Four 50k, Aspen Backcountry Marathon, Aspen Backcountry Marathon - Group Training Run Sponsor, Aspen Triathlons, USAT Age Group National Championships

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Atlanta, GA

Javier De Jesus

Javier De Jesus

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Javier De Jesus is a road runner turned trail runner from Atlanta whose outdoor passions also include cycling and hiking. An avid road marathoner in the early 2000’s, Javier turned to the trails and ran his first trail 50K in 2008. Since then, he’s competed in a number of ultra distance races including earning a buckle at the 2013 Pinhoti 100 miler. 2013 was a highlight year for Javier as he also competed in the six day, 120 mile stage race in Colorado called the TransRockies Run. For 2014, his upcoming races include the Duncan Ridge 50K in November.

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Molly Freeman

Molly Freeman

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My name is Molly Freeman. I am 38 years old and, while I am currently a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, I grew up in North Dakota and will always consider that my home. I attended college at the University of Minnesota and graduate school at Emory University, where I earned a PhD in Immunology. Since 2005 I have worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a public health scientist, currently in the PulseNet Team, which assists in tracking outbreaks of foodborne illness. I distinctly remember my first run – it was 20°F in February of 1999 in Minnesota and I needed to get in shape before trekking in Nepal that coming spring. I had no idea what I was doing – I ran through the snow wearing too many layers and an old pair of sneakers, and then ended by running up and down flights of stairs for 20 minutes. It was the hardest thing that I’d ever done. 15 years later, I don’t feel like I know much more about what I’m doing, but I am incredibly thankful to still be running and to be continually redefining what “the hardest thing that I’ve ever done” means. After moving to Atlanta in 1999, running initially was a way to stay in shape during graduate school, but quickly became a coping mechanism to stay centered and maintain my sanity. Running and cycling, but more importantly, the people I’ve met through both sports have influenced me in countless ways: blessing me with a community of friends, providing me opportunities to travel the United States and the world, and gifting me with some of my favorite memories. I envision myself running, or at least shuffling slowly forward, for the rest of my life.

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Austin, TX

Olga King

Olga King

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I have been running and racing for over dozen of years. During that time, I’ve had success, which I attribute to a will to work hard towards my goals. Through years of experience, training, and guidance of great running coaches, I have achieved results which I am proud. I have raced 20 road marathons, over 100 ultras mostly on trails (including 20 100-mile finishes with "Top 10" @ Western States 100, numerous wins, and Hardrock 100 finish), and 150 various shorter distance events.

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Erik Stanley

Erik Stanley

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Personal Trainer: www.erikstanley.com 2007-Present. I am focused on goal setting, speed improvement, weight loss, diet planning, and self empowerment. I’ve been a Trail Coach, (Rogue Running ’09-Jan 14) and directed 4-5 trail programs throughout the year with 35-50 runners per class. I’ve coached over 300 trail runners over the past 4-5 years coaching from beginner to experienced with distances ranging from 10k-100 mile. I’ve also been the Race Director for Rogue Running from 2012-2013, during which time I managed all race aspects such as: creating sponsorship packages, marketing, race day logistics, course setup and breakdown, volunteer coordination

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Bellingham, WA

Sam Alexander

Sam Alexander

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Bio: high school all-american, 3200m WA state champ; UW scholarship; sub-30 10k; still racing track (4:22 mile in 2014) at 41; run trails 3 days per week and love it; was winning Orcas Island 25k in January (on pace to break course record) but course was mis-marked. Social Media: I post to the Klicks store page which has 1043 followers, many of whom share and are shoe nerds.

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Candace Burt

Candace Burt

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Birmingham, AL

Zach Andrews

Zach Andrews

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From 2004-2008, I was an All-American pitcher for the University of Montevallo where I helped lead my team to the school’s first ever Regional Championship win and College World Series appearance where we finished 3rd in 2006. I got married in 2010 and was looking to stay active and adventurous, so I transitioned into trail running. After no time at all, I fell in love with the trails. Although I love the competition aspect of ultrarunning, my true passion lies in the love of wild places, and the personal insight and exploration that comes from pushing myself to the edge. I am an active member of the Birmingham Ultra Trail Society (//runbuts.com/) and help organize races, events, and social runs. I also participate in the Alabama Outdoors "Tuesday Night Trail Runs" social run almost every week. When I’m not racing or on an adventure, I spend alot of time volunteering and helping out at the local races. I am also very active on social media and have a running blog

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Ali Edwards

Ali Edwards

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I moved to Birmingham from south Louisiana for college in 2009. My junior year, I rediscovered my love for running and found my true passion, trail running. Since then, I’ve completed many trail races and ultra marathons, and explored trails all over the country. More than anything I just love being in the mountains! I think there’s something so beautiful and pure about trail running that can’t be replicated-moving simply and lightly through the woods on your own two feet. I now work as a critical care nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at Trinity hospital. I’m very involved in our local trail group, the Birmingham Ultra Trail Society (BUTS), and am fondly known as the president of Crunk Relations (or social event organizer). I also enjoy making and eating pancakes, drinking local craft beer, and riding my bike around town.

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Boise, ID

Lana Weber Wells

Lana Weber Wells

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Average distance 4-6 miles, 3-4 days a week, longer runs when time allows would be 10-12 miles. Average pace is about 9:30 - 10:00 depending on distance, prefer dirt trail vs. street or paved but depends on weather and heat, usually run solo (with my dog), or coordinated runs with 2-3 other women. My favorite time of year to run is spring and fall. I don’t always listen to music, but when I do it would be a fine blend of alternative folk with a dash of sappy bluegrass and a sprig of punk. A description of social media followers (after we write the article about you, brand is interested in how many people could see link). I have 280+ friends on Facebook, am part of the Boise Trail Runners, Team Nuu-Muu and WIld Rockies Racing groups, I organize a summer "adventure series" that hits 800+ twitter followers.

Boulder, CO

Art Ives

Art Ives

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Art Ives of Boulder, Colorado has competed and coached runners successfully at every running distance from 100 meters to 100 miles. His love for running is as infectious as his legs are versatile. The way he works with clients is comprehensive and creates lasting positive changes in their biomechanics, physical capability and mental attitude. Art’s work synthesizes running science, training theory and practical experience by delving into the global history, philosophy and spirituality of running. He is at his best when putting those lessons directly into practice and his advice can make an otherwise complicated analysis so understandable it boosts a runner’s confidence off the chain! His “3-pillared” approach to running, combined with his love for under taking great physical challenges helps people take a giant step toward achieving the results they really want and connects them with other people who share a love for both nature and sport.

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Sarah Leone

Sarah Leone

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Description of running: I ran competitively in high school and college in the top 5 and have been running recreationally since. I have run a marathon, half-marathon, triathlons and continue to participate in several other community races each year. I participate in a lot of outdoor activities in Colorado but just recently decided to commit more time to my running. The timing was great with James’ info about this program! Last month I reconnected at a reunion with some old teammates from my university running team. It sparked a fire in me to make running more of a priority in my life again. It is at my roots and it connects with who I am on so many levels. I am hoping to get into the Dipsea race in Marin, CA in June 2015 with them!

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Charlotte, NC

D.C. Lucchesi

D.C. Lucchesi

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I like to joke that I’ve been running longer than is reasonable and necessary. An XC and track athlete dating back to 9th grade, I’ve since raced every distance from 5K to 100 miles, relay races, etc. I’ve coached, mentored, or crewed so many runners over the years, I couldn’t possibly put a number upon them. I’m also very likely the first male Girls on the Run coach, and 2010 GOTR Coach of the Year. Girls on the Run, just in case you’re not familiar, is an international character building/training program for elementary and middle school aged girls that has a parallel running program. The whole thing culminates with a season-ending 5K. No matter what your active pursuit, running is THE starting point. Over the years, I’ve been able to parlay my running fitness into successful multi-day bike tours, hikes, mountain biking, lacrosse, and other endurance sports and outdoor awesomeness. Running - and the fitness, confidence, and vitality that come with it - opens so many doors - physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s a VERY big tent, and it’s hard to find someone who couldn’t fit up under it with us!

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Phyllis Tsang

Phyllis Tsang

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While I’ve always been active, I didn’t take up running till four years ago during grad school. I was writing for our school newspaper and was writing an article about the owners of a local running shop and their humanitarian efforts in Haiti. Esther, the owner of the store, talked me into joining one of their weekly group runs and that’s how I started running. For some reason, I was drawn to long distance right away and my first race was a 30k (Around the Bay in Hamilton, ON). After grad school, I moved to CA for work and ran my first marathon at Long Beach. Soon after, work relocated me to NC where I am now. I’ve since taken up trail running and am enjoying the mountains much more than pavement these days. I’ve done quite a few 50ks the past two years, two 50-milers, and am training for one right now. One of these days, I might step it up and train for a 100k/M.

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Chattanooga, TN

Brian Costilow

Brian Costilow

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10x Leadville finisher, Rock/Creek Race Team member, managing Rock/Creek trail running events.

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Kris Whorton

Kris Whorton

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Kris is on the board of Wild Trails, they lead weekly trail running meetups (2x per week), and they are the key race directors for the acclaimed Rock/Creek race series. Very few people within the Chattanooga trail running community are as well-known.

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Chicago, IL

Scott Kummer

Scott Kummer

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Personal/Professional: I am originally from West Allis, Wisconsin (suburb of Milwaukee). I attended UW-Milwaukee and received a B.A. in Philosophy in 1997, after which I attended DePaul Law School (Chicago) and earned a J.D. in 2000. I am a partner in the two person law firm Boyd and Kummer, LLC. I practice in the area of litigation. Primarily commercial litigation with some criminal, civil and personal injury. My firm’s website is at: //www.boydkummer.com/ Running: I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I spent the 90’s getting and staying sober while gaining a large amount of weight. I started running half marathons and marathons in 2002 arising out of a dare by a co-worker. After about a dozen marathons (PR of 3:41) over five years I grew bored with it. Then I discovered ultra running which sparked a further interest in trail and ultra events in 2012. From 2012 to 2014 I participated in around 15 ultras including three 100 milers and six 50 milers. I have also participated in the Comrades Ultramarathon in Africa, and numerous “Fatass” events such as the world’s longest (91.5 mile) turkey trot from Chicago to Milwaukee. I’m a big guy who mainly runs in the back of the pack. I chase cutoffs often and from time to time I fail. But I like to think of myself as someone who isn’t afraid to take on things that are outside of his comfort zone. My dream is to one day run the Hardrock 100. This fall I am participating in three of the hardest 100 mile races (AC100, Superior Trail100 and Bear100) within a 2 month period. In 2014 I started Flatlander Ultrarunners in Chicagoland, a trail and ultra group which now has over 300 members.

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Amanda Tichacek

Amanda Tichacek

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I grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in a small city in central Virginia. My early years were spent playing in the woods, but I became incredibly inactive when I shed the tomboy and entered adolescence. I never participated in sports or even individual exercise. I struggled with my weight and my self-confidence, which would be a recurring theme for the first twenty-eight years of my life. In 2001, I joined Weight Watchers. As the pounds came off, my self-confidence grew. I supplemented the calorie restriction with aerobics and a run-walk program, and one year later I was 50 pounds lighter. I never enjoyed the running; I just jogged around the block to maintain the weight loss. On January 1st, 2008–presumably as part of a renewed New Year commitment–I joined the online discussion boards at RunnersWorld.com. I can’t remember how or when it happened, but suddenly running was fun. Running was exciting. Running was something I could share with other people in this vibrant online community. I met my boyfriend on RunnersWorld.com, also a relatively new runner. He suggested we run the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon on Valentine’s Day 2009. It sounded romantic so I agreed. It was my first race and I laugh now when I look back at how I trained, but the seed was planted. I loved running. My reward for finishing the half marathon was a pair of Brooks Cascadia trail running shoes. The store employee told me about a club called GUTS, the Georgia Ultrarunning and Trailrunning Society. I could hardly believe some of the stuff I was reading on their discussion board (people run 100 miles??!!) but I excitedly joined them for a training run. It was my longest run ever at 15+ miles in the mountains of Georgia. Now, not only did I love running, I REALLY loved trail running. I was surprised and inspired to find out that my hometown of Lynchburg, VA was a hotbed for ultrarunning, home of Dr. David Horton. It would be two years before I ran my first ultramarathon, but the addiction spiraled from there as I became more and more embedded into the ultrarunning community of Atlanta. Now I live in Chicago, with the same boyfriend I met on Runner’s World back in 2008. I am still running ultramarathons, and so is he. These past two years, I have cultivated an entirely new group of running friends and am an active member of two Chicago ultrarunning clubs. I am continually amazed that–even in our small sub-population of ultrarunners–I can travel to Ohio or as far away as California and meet somebody who is a “friend of a friend”. Living in Chicago, I have discovered that flat trails make you faster and are great mental training for long races. I have discovered where there are hills in Chicago, and I have discovered how to use a treadmill to simulate mountain running and hiking. I run 50-70 miles per week, 15-20 of those with my dog Roxie. I have been working with an online running coach for two years, in the hopes of becoming just a little bit faster even as I cross into my 40s. I ran my first 100 mile race in June, and I can’t wait to run the next one. When I’m not running, I enjoy camping, hiking and bird watching. I will stop mid-stride if it means catching a glimpse of a scarlet tanager or a red-headed woodpecker. I am taking a class in nutrition, with the goal of becoming certified in sports nutrition. I have a small backyard vegetable garden and in one month will have more tomatoes and cucumbers than I will know what to do with. I love the mountains, and my long-term plan is to retire out west where I can spend my days running, gardening, bird-watching, and volunteering my time not only to races and trail maintenance, but also to other social programs. Funding this still-far-away dream is my full-time job as the Associate Director of Research at Emory University, where I work with three HIV and family planning research centers in Rwanda and Zambia. I am blessed to be in a career that exposes me to other cultures and that is directly responsible for saving lives.

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Colorado Springs, CO

William Beagle

William Beagle

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Running is an important part of my life for a number of reasons: It’s a means to an end...I really like hiking, especially the tall peaks and running keeps me fit for that. At least twice a week I run with my "Inspiration" or role model, a guy that is 78. After a run we have coffee and solve all of the world’s problems. There really is a social aspect to running....the more I’ve gotten involved in the local running community, the more people I’ve gotten to know, including some real "crazies" like ultra marathon runners and I love listening to their stories. Having been a sports reporter and covered professional athletes I find the running community very unpretentious, egos in check and very supportive of each other. They even give a plodder like me my props. I sit on the board of directors of Incline Friends, a non-profit dedicated to improving and preserving the Manitou Incline so I’ve met a lot of local runners that way as well. As for social media, I have more than 200 followers on Facebook and not as many on Twitter but I can certainly ramp up my number of tweets for this endeavor.

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Sandi Yukman

Sandi Yukman

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I run up and down the Incline almost every-other day. I also run the trails around Colorado Springs. I have completed the Pikes Peak Ascent 13 times. My time is approximately 4 hours for the 13.3 mile uphill route. I have run Bolder Boulder just about every year since graduating from CU Boulder in 1985. I have run just about every race that has been held in Colorado Springs since I moved here in 1988. (Triple Crown, Garden of the Gods 10 miler, Fall Series, Superhalf Half-marathon, etc.)I belong to the Jack Quinn’s running club ("the drinking club with a running problem"). :) We run every Tuesday night.I have run one marathon in Lompoc, CA. My favorite run is Spruce Mountain in Larkspur which I do often. It is a 5 mile up and down route on a beautiful butte in larkspur. I am currently the Chair of the Incline Friends Board of Directors. We are the group responsible for legalization of the Manitou Incline and it’s maintenance (no small feat). I manage our facebook page with thousands of followers and I am very connected with the running world. We have the owner of Pikes Peak Sports on our board who manages our website as well. If you haven’t heard of the Incline, you can google Manitou Incline and you will find that it is very popular with runners from olympic athletes to military men and women to high school track teams. Over 320,000 trips were recorded on the Incline just this past year (we buried a counter on the Incline to keep track). Checkout our facebook page Incline Friends or our website www.inclinefriends.com.

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Denver, CO

Bart Deferme

Bart Deferme

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I’ve been running since 2000. First mainly road running while living in SC. Did one 100k race in Belgium in brand new shoes that seriously messed up my ankle. After that, dialed back the volume, and jumped on the minimalist wagon, which has helped recovery of my ankle injury significantly. Now I run trails exclusively, mainly around the Denver metro area (Castlewood Canyon SP, Cherry Creek SP, Lair o’the Bear, etc.) Occasional racing (Aspen Gold Leaf half marathon, Bear Lake half marathon, etc.) Like many runners, running allows me to keep my sanity between my duties as single parent of two girls, full-time IT professional and semi-professional photographer. I have a Facebook following of about 450.

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Cara Winters

Cara Winters

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Bio: Ran cross-country and track (400 and 800m) in high school. 4x4 State Champs my senior year. Since then have run a marathon and many half-marathons. Also, dabble in triathlons (Olympic and Half Ironman races). Recently, have become an avid trail runner. Completed the Imogene Pass Run last year. Running the GoldenLeaf Trail Half this Sept in Aspen. Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. Have kept my instagram and twitter circles/followers fairly intimate. Have several hundred "friends" on Facebook.

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Huntsville, AL

Karen Gelmis

Karen Gelmis

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NASA engineer, started We Run Huntsville: It seems like I have been running all my life. I ran in high school on the boys Cross Country team because we did not have a girls team. I started running road marathons in the 90’s when my kids got older. Since then, I have ran lots of marathons and within the last few years began trail running. Trail runs are my favorite and the longer the better. I have ran several 50K, 50 mile and 100 mile races. I am a member if the Knoxville Track Club and a committee member of the Trail series. We have a trail race each month that I help with and occasionally get to also run. These race distances vary from 4 miles up to 50K and have grown in popularity. More people are finding out just how much fun trail running can be!

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Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson

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I coach the run team at Good Life, so most of my social media exposure comes through their facebook page and other web sites. I have a personal facebook page and am a member of a group called Running Shoe Geeks which has a lot of commentary by professional runners, new runners and everything in between. I started running a little over 2 years ago as a means to lose weight, and after I lost a good bit I found I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. When I moved to Huntsville my love for running grew even more because of the amazing group of people (there’s an organization here called We Run huntsville) that I run with regularly who make running even more fun. When I started running trails is when I really fell in love with the sense of adventure that trail running brings and find myself running trails more and more. I actually ran my first trail race earlier this year called McKay Hollow (a pretty grueling 25k here in Huntsville) and also my first 3 day stage race called Grand Viduta. It’s safe to say I plan on continuing to run on trails as a regular part of my running from now on.

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Jackson Hole, WY

Erika Edmiston

Erika Edmiston

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Erika is a wife and mom of two young kids, working to protect our ecosystem from invasive species. She has been running, hiking and enjoying the mountains of Wyoming since a very young age. While 5/10K’s were the norm for a very long time, Erika ran her first half marathon in 2012. Since then she has completed 6 half marathons and a 30K Trail Race in the Bighorn Mountains. She loves how running and yoga help her to be her best for her family and wants to set a healthy example for her kids. She looks for any excuse to get outdoors with her family and enjoy all that Jackson Hole has to offer! My followers on Twitter are almost all runners (1,026). I’ve connected with them through the hashtags #Runchat, #ultrachat or #charitymiles. Some are ultra runners, marathon runners, and some are just getting started running. Some are running coaches, brand ambassadors for shoes, energy bits, and other products. It’s truly an inspiring group of people to interact with!

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Travis Ziehl

Travis Ziehl

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I started to run while in High School, not for track or cross-country but, because my Gym Teacher was a gym rat and we had two choice - lift weights or run for the entire period. I chose the latter and never looked back - well at least until I finished High School. I ran infrequently during college until five years ago - my wife started running and so to keep her from running alone (we do live in a spot where seeing bears and other wildlife is a reality), I started running consistently again. Since then, I found a great group of running compatriots with the Teton Trail Runners and after being associated with that group for four years, I became the co-president with my wife last June. I run about 4 races per year, mostly 10k’s, half marathons, and occasionally a bigger one here and there (just did the Bighorn 30k). I also like to volunteer at races, some of my favorite parts of running races is the people cheering you on and helping at aid stations, so I think it’s good karma to return that for other runners. With TTR I send monthly to bi-monthly emails during our season and a few during the off-season to a mailing list of 171 folks and we also have a Facebook group of 220 plus followers. This year all of our runs have had 20+ people with two runs getting over 30 people. We’re kicking around the idea of starting a twitter feed and a meetup group. Running club members vary widely, we have everyone from the folks doing Ultras, to the speedsters, to recreational runners, to people looking at getting healthier. A really good blend because we shoot for all runners of all ages and abilities.

Knoxville, TN

Tony Owens

Tony Owens

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Professionally: I work for a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, Denso, in the Facilities Engineering group. Nice thing is, my office is < 30 minutes from the Smoky Mountains, and even closer to Chilhowee Mountain and the foothills - so post-work mountain training runs are possible, and happen often. Personally: I’m on the Knoxville Track Club board of directors, previously as Secretary, currently as VP, and on the KTC Trail Committee as well. We on the Trail Committee put on a series of around 12 trail races every year (from 4 miles to 50k distance), where we try and introduce local runners to the many off-road running options available in Knoxville - and each of us ends up directing a couple of the races. I enjoy road running (ran Boston a couple years ago) and though I enjoy the speed of the road, I prefer the scenery and terrain of trail running. Even more than that, I prefer mountain running, and enjoy longer mountain runs and races. I’ve run, hmm, five hundred milers, the most recent in Chattanooga, the Thunder Rock 100. Oh also I have a trunk full of shoes and running gear, and enjoy trying out new gear and sometimes recommending it to my friends and other Track Club folk.

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Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith

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I am married and have two grown children. I work for our local school system coordinating our after school care and summer camp programs. I am also in charge of our television station that our school system operates. (Two very diverse jobs but I like them both.) I love kids and I love to run. I will be turning 50 years old this September and few of my favorite friends have agreed to celebrate my birthday by running the AT through the Smokies with me. (72 miles from Fontana to Davenport.) I cannot think of a better way to celebrate than spending all day and night in the mountains. It seems like I have been running all my life. I ran in high school on the boys Cross Country team because we did not have a girls team. I started running road marathons in the 90’s when my kids got older. Since then, I have ran lots of marathons and within the last few years began trail running. Trail runs are my favorite and the longer the better. I have ran several 50K, 50 mile and 100 mile races. I am a member if the Knoxville Track Club and a committee member of the Trail series. We have a trail race each month that I help with and occasionally get to also run. These race distances vary from 4 miles up to 50K and have grown in popularity. More people are finding out just how much fun trail running can be!

Minneapolis, MN

Amy Clark

Amy Clark

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I have been a runner for 30+ years, and a trail runner for the last 2-3. I am very active with UMTR (upper Midwest trail runners), and attend or volunteer at many of the most popular local trail races. I have done trail marathons and trail 50ks so far, as well as a timed 12-hour race (58.88 miles). I post often on Facebook and Twitter about my running adventures, and will send you a sample from my blog tonight. I am on Twitter @dirtsparkle, and if you search me on Facebook (Amy Rosenbaum Clark), you will see it is chockablock with running photos and posts!

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Kurt Decker

Kurt Decker

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I started running in 1997 in high school. I ran my first marathon in 1994 at the Twin Cities Marathon. I have since run 15 marathons on the road including 2x Boston (1996, 2000) and 2x Chicago (1995, 2000) and New York City in 1997. My road racing Pr’s ar 1:11:52 half marathon and 2:40:41 marathon. Ran my first Trail race in 1999 at the Half Voyageur trail marathon. I have run something like 40+ ultra’s since including Western States and Leadville 100 miler. I am in my 19th year of working running specialty and do all I can to spread the word about all running ( heavy these days on trails) via the store, Facebook, Twitter as well as my blog - If I do not say so myself I think it would be hard to find anyone who lives running like I do and I am very excited to do what I can to help you out!

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Nashville, TN

Cody Goodwin

Cody Goodwin

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I grew up in Florida spending most of my time outdoors in the pine forests of the panhandle. After getting a B.S. in chemistry from University of Central Florida, I moved to Nashville, TN for graduate school and began climbing and trail running as a way to get lost in the woods and balance out life. I received my PhD in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in the spring of 2013, and currently am a researcher. I have helped to develop some of the local trail races, am a member of the Fleet Feet Nashville Dirtbags Race Team (an awesome group of folks), and a recently appointed board member of the Nashville Harriers. I have led running training groups in the past for Vanderbilt affiliated groups, and will be helping with an ultra training group targeting first time ultra runners. Trail running has fostered an incredible community in the South, and has provided countless friendships and formative experiences.

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Betsy Sloan

Betsy Sloan

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At the age of 12, I had exhausted pretty much every sport that my parents had dutifully exposed me to. I turned to running and have never looked back. I started running competitively in high school and ran cross country for my college as well. I have continued running and have rarely missed in a week in the past 25 years. I am now a 38 year old mother of 2 boys ages 2 and 6. As an older runner, my beloved orthopedic doctor once told me that it was "cross train or die" and I realized that my religious pounding could not continue at the usual pace. I learned to hit the trails, swim a good bit and bike as well as run on the road, and the health of my runner’s body has never been better. I work part time at a non-profit in Nashville called Learning Matters. I am a psychologist involved in a diagnostic work with children in the area of learning disabilities. With children and work, my workouts get earlier and earlier. Running trails with a headlamp is the way it often happens, but my feet are surer and the mental challenge is more exciting. Triathalons and open-water swims add to the excitement. I qualified for the Boston Marathon this year and am looking forward to the 2015 race!

New Haven, CT

Jason Syman

Jason Syman

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I played sports all my life. In high school I played soccer for 4 years, baseball for 2, and track & field for 2. Running was always part of the conditioning. I never considered myself a “runner”. With my family health history, a few years ago I pushed myself to run to “get in (better) shape”. Now I really enjoy it.

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Portland, OR

Nick Cifuentes

Nick Cifuentes

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I’ve been running for nearly 20 years, at the age of 15 I ran my first marathon and fell in love with the sport at that moment. I ran cross country in high school, co-captain of my college team in Boston at Suffolk University where we placed high in D3 ranks. After college, I continued to pursue running in both a competitive level racing monthly, where I gathered up 75+ marathon under my belt globally, and coaching where I found the time. About five years ago, I transitioned to trail running, I needed to pursue deeper challenges and mountain running seemed to offer that outlet. I’ve run more than 30+ ultra races in the past five years, including multiple 100 milers (Wasatch, Tahoe Rim Trail), and a number of 100K and 50M races, as well as your usual ’anything more than 26.2 distances’ that exist with the smaller, more niche racing groups in a variety of places. I hail from San Francisco Bay Area, but now living in Portland, OR for the time being working for Nike. I am currently training for Run Rabbit Run 100 miler in mid September 2014. I am very active in blogging and social channels, I have more than 5K Facebook friends, 1K+ Instagram followers, 3K+ Twitter Followers, multiple blogs (NickCifuentes.com, TheRunningFool.com) where I post multiple times a week, and more than 5K LinkedIn followers as well.

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Joanne Reuland

Joanne Reuland

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I’m a trail loving, but social runner. I love exploring new places on foot, sometimes faster and sometimes slower. I’ve been working in running, at The SF Marathon, Strava, and now Bia Sport, for the past 5 years, and it’s opened the door for me to meet great friends and athletes who I share the trail with. I take a ton of photos while I’m running because when I’m too old to climb up mountains I want to look back and see all the adventures I went on. I don’t "train", but running is a way of life, and I run events to be in the community and to test my fitness occasionally. Staying out of training mode and just listening to each day’s calling to the trails keeps me uninjured and happier with my fitness. It’s an oddly zen approach, but it works for me. If time allowed, I would run stage races and travel all over the world, running 15-20 miles a day, going to bed and doing it the next day. Unfortunately, being a stage-race warrior is incompatible with having a full time job. :) Some top performances I’m proud of: PR in the marathon this spring (with no training cycle); 3:24 at Lake Natoma Marathon, 2nd place woman. My first (and technically only) 50-miler, Lake Sonoma, Stage races; 4th place woman at El Cruce, a 3-day stage race in Patagonia and running TransRockies Solo (6 days, 120 miles) in 2012. Here’s a profile on my professional and running background from my former role at The SF Marathon.

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Raleigh, NC

Rachel Dubois

Rachel Dubois

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What got you running? I started running in January of 2011 at the age of 44. I had focused the previous 11 years of my life on raising our children, homeschooling and running my own business. I had let my personal fitness slide, had put on some weight, and was rather unhappy with the situation. Running was my attempt to recapture some time “for me” on a consistent basis. Not only did it afford me some off duty time from the 24 hour a day demands of motherhood, but I invariably came back in a much better mood and it was good for me too! Since January 2011, I believe I’ve completed around 33 official events. Of those, 17 were ultras (including my first 100 miler in April of 2014 at Umstead) and 8 were marathons.

Tom Hurd

Tom Hurd

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I was adopted from EL Salvador during the height of their Civil War in July 1988. I was adopted by a family in central NJ were I spent the rest of my childhood and after high school I joined the US Army in January of 2000. I’ve served 14 years and 7 months and continue to do so. I am currently stationed at FT Bragg, NC and the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7.) I started an Ultra Running Club (spultrarun.com) in july of 2012. This club was a very grassroots organization in the first year and then we added a 9 race ultra series this past year. Since then we’ve grown dramatically as a club and are continuing to do so. In the Army we’re required to run pretty often, I started running seriously in 2008, I’ve run several marathons with my PR being the Thunder Road Marathon with a finishing time of 3 hrs and 11 minutes. I’ve run 8 x 50 milers with the JFK 50 being my PR with a finishing time of 9 hrs and 54 minutes. I’ve run every distance below the 50 Mile option. More information can be found on our website and Facebook.

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Roaring Fork Valley, CO

Christy Mahon

Christy Mahon

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A Colorado native who has called Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley home for 16 years, found her true self by her pushing personal limits through running experiences. Starting out with her first half marathon on the roads of Steamboat, CO in 1999, she soon graduated to road marathons throughout the United States, including classics like Chicago, Boston, New York and then the international roads of Berlin. Christy soon became more interested in trail running with classic Colorado races like the Golden Leaf, Imogene Run, and Pikes Peak Marathon. These trails soon led to longer races like the San Juan 50 in Lake City, Leadville’s Silver Rush 50, the Wasatch 100, Leadville 100, Steamboat’s Run Rabbit Run 100, and the Bear 100. As much as Christy loves to participate in running races, most of her summer is filled with just getting out on the local trails with her husband Ted, connecting miles of the Maroon Snowmass Wilderness over peaks and passes like the famed Four Pass Loop, Avalanche Pass, and Snowmass Lake just to name a few. Christy also runs with a girls running group every Wednesday morning, visits the Track on Thursdays, and likes to get out for solo early Tuesday morning tours in the hills before work.

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Ted Mahon

Ted Mahon

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In Europe on vacation. Will provide bio, shoe sizes and contact information on return 8/20

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San Francisco, CA

Blane Bachelor

Blane Bachelor

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I started running when I was about 12 years old to stay in shape in between soccer seasons. Since then, running has become an integral part of my life. I started running 5Ks and 10Ks out of college, and when I met my now-husband, a serious marathoner, in my early 30s, I started doing half-marathons and even finished three full marathons. These days, following a second ACL surgery, my marathoning days are over, but I still run regularly to stay in shape, and perhaps even more importantly, to stay sane. Trail running especially lights me up – there’s nothing more invigorating than putting on a pair of shoes and dashing off through the wilderness, with dirt under my feet and the trail winding ahead. As a freelance writer, I also write for Runner’s World from time to time; my most recent article, which discusses strategies to prevent chafing, appears in the September print edition.

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Andy Montgomery

Andy Montgomery

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I’ve been a runner as long as I can remember. My dad was a jogger and would run a few miles in the morning before work. I started joining him on these runs when I was 8 or 9 years old and it stuck. I ran cross country in high school and for years after continued to be a recreational runner. When I moved to Boulder in 2011, I discovered the Boulder Trail Runners (BTR) group and fell in love with trail running. Over the last few years I’ve built my mileage and moved from shorter trail races to ultra distances. Last year I moved to San Francisco and have fallen in with a great community of trail runners here, including a number who placed in the top 10 at Western States this year! It’s a beautiful and inspiring place to live and run! Professionally I lead the design team at a mid-size technology startup in San Francisco called Recurly. I’ve worked in technology since college and experienced the crashes in both 2001 and 2008. It’s a fascinating time to be working in this industry and I’m enjoying the growth of training and social apps that help to motivate athletes and share our experiences.

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Salt Lake City, UT

Peter Esko

Peter Esko

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Running experience is 12+ year of consistent running. I’ve done 6 marathons 3:00:29 PR (2 Chicago, 2 Boston, Philly, and Paris), a bunch of half marathons 1:21:12 PR and a bunch of other small races. I always joke that I’m fast enough to know how slow I am. I’m currently training for another run at Chicago in October. Currently weekly mileage is in the low 40’s but increasing as we get closer. Social media stuff is mostly around twitter. My handle is @30threehour. I’ve currently got 507 followers and routinely participate in the Sunday #runchat. I would say about 3/4 of my tweets are running related.

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Betsy Lopez

Betsy Lopez

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Running experience: I’ve always been athletic and active, but for years I only ran sporadically. I never did it consistently enough to get over "the hump" and get to the point where it wasn’t just painful start-to-finish. Finally, when I was 25, a friend needed an extra person to jump in on their team for the Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay. For the first time ever, I committed to train enough that five miles wasn’t arduous. And (unsurprisingly), by running more and getting better at it, I discovered what a runner’s high was. I learned it was possible to want to tack on a couple extra miles to a run, just because it felt good. Since then, I’ve run the Wasatch Back Relay three more times, except as Team Captain, not as a hesitant crew member. I started running 5Ks, then half marathons, and decided that 13 miles is a really perfect "happy place" for me. Over the next few years, running half-marathons became my thing (including Rock’n’Roll San Diego, Emigration Canyon Half Marathon, and the Salt Lake City Half Marathon). I noticed that even when I wasn’t doing trail races, though, I always preferred to train on-trail rather than the road. Then last spring, the jarring repetition of running a race on pavement instead of dirt was enough to send a persistent injury into a horrible flare-up. This prevented me from running for several months. Finally, this spring, I laced up my trail shoes again and immediately signed up for a Park City Trail Series race. That week, I ran six miles pain-free for the first time since my injury. My vows are renewed. No more road for this girl. It’s trails all the way from here out. Social media presence: 503 Facebook friends (with a strong presence of outdoor-industry folks from my time in the ski industry and at Backcountry.com) 157 Pinterest followers (emphasis on foodies)

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Santa Barbara, CA

Chris Douglas

Chris Douglas

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I’m a competitive triathlete/endurance junky that is always looking for the next challenge (read: ridiculous event). From Ironman distance triathlon to ultramarathon trail races to double century bike rides through the desert to 5k rough water swims I always seek new experiences and challenges. My favorite activity though is trail running. Specifically running up mountains. I’ve been lucky to win or podium several trail races where elevation gains were ridiculous. In addition, I am closely connected to the active/endurance community in the bay area. As a board member of the Golden Gate Triathlon Club and a regular at the San Francisco Running Company and A Runner’s Mind group runs I am well known in the area and have over a thousand facebook followers, over 200 instagram followers, and over 80 Strava followers.

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Theresa Nealon

Theresa Nealon

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I typically run 4-5 times a week, with during the week shorter runs of 3-4 miles and a longer run on the weekend of 5-7 miles.The runs can vary in pace depending on whether I am doing a threshold run (7:40-8:00 minute pace) or a recovery run (8:30-9). I run on all types of surfaces including horse trails, train tracks, road running, beach, and dirt, and sometimes gravel (although its not my favorite). I like to explore new running spots, or make it up as I go if I’m feeling adventurous, and usually my runs end up being a combination of terrains. As far as Social Media goes, I am pretty dialed in to both Facebook and Instagram, which I think are the strongest social media platforms out there in terms of reaching a large audience.I have 1200 friends on Facebook, and 500 followers on Instagram.

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Seattle, WA

Jay Kuehner

Jay Kuehner

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I’m a dedicated runner who’s been active for fifteen years in the Pacific Northwest, running for the physical and mental wellbeing it brings but mostly for the sheer fun of it: I love the feeling of being blessed with a capable body, of stepping out my door most every day and putting one foot in front of the other, picking up the pace, breathing, and getting into the groove. I enjoy different paces, distances, terrains. I’ve competed in over a hundred races, from weekend 5k fundraisers on the city streets to extended trail races in the regional highlands, with over a dozen marathons in between, from Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, and Tucson. All of them have qualified me for Boston (which I’ve yet to run!), with some personal bests placing me among top ten finishers. I am former member of Seattle Running Club, with whom I enjoyed to the mentorship of elite runners such as Krissy Moehl, Scott Jurek, and Scott McCoubrey.

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Tracy Wollschlager

Tracy Wollschlager

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I ran my first marathon a year after my daughter was born and then hung up my shoes. However two years later we moved to Detroit and I became a stay-at-home mom that needed an outlet. I would run early before the kids got up to jump start my day. During a run I met my soon to be best friend and running buddy. We ran twice a week and went on at least 7 weekend running events a year. Then I moved to Seattle and once again running became my outlet. Here I hooked up with a larger running group, Mill Creek Running and Multisport (700+ members), and through them have gone on to meet a diversity of running people from different running groups. Since 2007 I have run over 20 marathons, a handful of half marathons, a few trail runs (I have started running more of these since moving to Seattle) and recently one 50k. I even had the opportunity to run Boston in 2008. I generally run 4 to 5 times a week and will run solo or with others. In the summer I try and run trails as often as I can but winter is mostly on the road. Running is my coffee before my cup of coffee.

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