Columnists

Amy Clark

Amy Clark is a freelance writer and runner living in Bend, Oregon. In addition to running marathons and ultra marathons, she has parasailed in Baja, snowboarded in Big Sky and fought wildfires for the U.S. Forest Service. A native of Oregon, Amy is working on her first extreme adventure novel while living (and running) in Bend. Email Amy



Ann Trason

Ann Trason is a 14-time women’s champion at the Western States 100, and set World Records at the 50-mile (5:40:18 in 1991), 100K (7:00:47, 1995), 12-Hour (91 miles 1312 yards, 1991) and 100-mile (13:47:42, 1991) distances. Ann was co- director of the Firetrails 50 in northern California for 10 years, and has taught science at the college level. Ann currently coaches middle school cross country and supports other's ultrarunning achievements by volunteering, pacing and crewing at ultramarathon races throughout the Western US. Email Ann



Cory Reese

Cory Reese is an ultrarunner from southern Utah and enjoys having Zion National Park as his backyard. He uses running to help balance out a well-developed sweet tooth. When he’s not running, Cory is a husband, father, medical social worker, photographer, writer, and piano composer. His adventures, stories, and pictures can be found at www.fastcory.com Email Cory



Donald Buraglio

Donald is a physical therapist, California native, barefoot aficionado, and father of three with more than 25 years of experience in endurance sports. He was a collegiate rower at UCLA, then dabbled in marathons and Ironman-distance triathlons before falling in love with ultras in the early 2000s. His favorite locations to run include Marin County, CA, and the Sierra Nevada mountains, and he loves exploring America's National Parks. When he's not training for ultramarathons, he enjoys hiking or slacklining with his family in Monterey County, CA. Email Donald



Dean Karnazes

Named by TIME magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dean Karnazes is a passionate ultrarunner and extreme athlete. He’s run across the Sahara in 120-degree temperatures, and he’s run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions he’s run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve. Dean has swum the San Francisco Bay, scaled mountains, bike raced for 24-hours straight, and surfed the gigantic waves off the coast of Northern California and Hawaii. He lives with his wife and family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Email Dean



Ellie Greenwood

Ellie Greenwood ran her first ever ultra on January 1, 2004, at a Fat Ass 50k event in Vancouver, BC. She was immediately hooked on trail and ultrarunning, and has managed to make it to the finish line of over 50 ultras and marathons to date. Supported by several sponsors including Salomon and Clif Bar, Ellie balances her own training and racing with coaching runners of all abilities online for Sharman Ultra. Ellie’s racing highlights include a course record win at Western States in 2012, a first place finish at South Africa’s Comrades 89k and winning the IAU World 100k Championships in 2014. Email Ellie



Eric Senseman

Eric Senseman is a member of the Scott Running team and also receives support from Darn Tough Vermont, Sundog Eyewear, and LÄRABAR. Find his quips on Twitter (@goodsenseruns) or learn more about his running and writing on his website, Good Sense Running. Email Eric



Errol Jones

Errol "Rocket" Jones is a veteran ultrarunner of 34 years, having participated in over 200 ultras dating back to 1981. Jones completed ultrarunning’s Grand Slam in 1998 and is a 3-time finisher of Badwater. He is also Co-Race Director of the Bear 100 and the Quad Dipsea, and serves as indentured servant at the Miwok and Lake Sonoma ultras. Email Errol



Gary Cantrell

Gary Cantrell writes the “View From the Open Road” column. Gary has written for UltraRunning more or less continuously since his column “From the South” first appeared in Volume 1, Number 1 back in May of 1981. He is perhaps most well-known as the founder of the Barkley, a trail race in eastern Tennessee. (Although some would comment that it isn’t really a race, and others would add that those aren’t really trails.) He is also the founder of the Strolling Jim 40 Mile and periodically organizes a 314-mile run across Tennessee, the Vol State Road Race. He is currently the race director of the Backyard Ultra. In the real world he works as an accountant. Email Gary



Gary Dudney

Gary Dudney writes the “Running Wise” column. A native of Kansas, he followed his Polish wife to a job located in Monterey, California in 1982 and signed on as a Technology Project Manager at CTB/McGraw-Hill. Unbeknownst to him at the time, he had landed in the center of prime Northern California ultrarunning territory. Over two hundred ultras later, he still finds every race a fresh and unique experience, evident in the dozens of quirky race reports he’s submitted to UltraRunning over the years. He’s also published a raft of short stories in magazines such as Boys’ Life, Highlights for Children, Boys’ Quest, and several lit magazines. He's also the author of a new running book The Tao of Running: Your Journey to Mindful and Passionate Running available on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble online. Visit his website at: thetaoofrunning.com. Email Gary



Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell runs a successful Financial Services Consultancy based in London UK. Ian balances his spare time between family, running, photojournalism, travel and work. Not necessarily all in that order and never equally proportioned! He loves to run and has completed many marathons and ultras, his most memorable being his first sub 3 marathon in Edinburgh and completing London to Brighton, a 56 mile trail race. At the last count he possessed just over 30 pairs of running shoes... you can never have too many! Ian is also Race Director of the Croydon Ultra a 30 mile trail run that is now in its 5th year. Giving back to the ultra community and donating all proceeds to Parkinson UK is very much a prime reason for running the event. Email Ian



Ian Sharman

Ian Sharman is an ultrarunning coach with USATF and NASM certification. He is on the Altra Running Team and has represented England for ultrarunning. He only started running in 2005 but quickly got addicted to races and became a student of the sport, interested in all types of running terrain and style of event. In particular, Ian loves to explore the world through running and has raced in six continents with almost 200 marathon and ultra finishes. Some highlights include setting the record for the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning in 2013, during which he won the Leadville Trail 100. He also set the fastest North American 100-mile trail time at his Rocky Raccoon 100 course record of 12:44. Email Ian



Jason Friedman

Jason Friedman is a runner and an emergency medicine physician in upstate New York. He as worked as a coach at the high school and collegiate levels, has directed running camps, and has owned a running specialty store, and has provided medical care at the Western States 100, Manitou's Revenge ultra marathon, and the Survival of the Shawangunks triathlon. He has been racing ultras since 2006. He lives in New Paltz, NY with his wife, Jodi, and their daughters, Alexa and Dylan. You can follow Jason at his blog Email Jason



John Medinger

John Medinger is the former publisher of UltraRunning magazine and continues as correspondent at large. A retired investment banker, he had previously worked as a business development manager and as a chemical engineer. He holds degrees from Oregon State University and MIT. John took up running in 1974 and ran his first ultra in 1980. He has now completed more than 130 ultras – most of them in California, but also in places as diverse as New Zealand and Scotland. Never an elite runner, he was somewhat faster than average early in his career but now finds himself materially closer to the back of the pack. He is the founder of the Quad Dipsea, and also founded and continues to direct the Lake Sonoma 50. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Western States 100 since 1992. (Photo by akabill). Email John



John Trent

John Trent is past president and longtime board member of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. He is a 10-time WS 100 finisher and has been involved in the sport as a journalist, organizer, race director and volunteer since 1987. A two-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year, he lives in Reno, Nevada, with his ultrarunning family – wife Jill and daughters Annie and Katie. Email John



Lisa Henson

Lisa Henson is an inveterate reader. She is also a runner who has finished more than 80 ultras (and counting), and is a retired stock trader, bar owner, and publishing executive. When not reviewing books, she grows wine grapes in California's Sonoma County and is the co-RD of the Lake Sonoma 50. Email Lisa



Matt Flaherty

Matt Flaherty is a running coach and ultrarunner living in Bloomington, IN. He has run 2:21 for the marathon and won the 2013 USATF 50 Mile National Championships in a course record. Check his website to find race reports, coaching advice, nutrition tips, and more at www.RunFlaherty.com. Email Matt



Matthew Maynard

Matt Maynard has a life-long love of adventurous sport and travel. He has climbed rock faces around the world, cycled his bicycle across South America and finished 8th last year in UK 50mile championship. He is a classroom teacher who needed to escape outdoors, and is happiest when helping others to pursue the same passion. Originally from the UK, he is based in the foothills of the Andes near Santiago, Chile. He is working on opening new trails at the moment, which inludes a new VK route from his front door and has recently launched his trail running guiding service called greenbeantrails. Email Matthew



Matt Laye

Matt Laye has a PhD in Medical Physiology and is an Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance at The College of Idaho and lives in Boise, ID. He enjoys competing on trails and on the roads in distances from the mile to 100 miles. He has averaged under 8 min/mile for 100 miles and under 5:30/mile over a marathon. Email Matt



Sarah Koszyk

Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN, is a Bay Area based Registered Dietitian specializing in sports nutrition and weight management. Sarah has helped hundreds of endurance athletes properly fuel for their events, including ultrarunning, Ironman, triathlons and more. Connect with her at SarahKoszyk.com. Email Sarah



Sunny Blende

Sunny Blende, M.S. is a Sports Nutritionist who writes and counsels individuals and teams on fueling for enhanced performance and making healthy food choices. Currently she writes the nutrition column for UltraRunning magazine and runs ultras herself. She has presented at the National RRCA Convention, the National Rowing Convention, Nike San Francisco Marathon Expo, and the Runners World San Francisco Marathon and worked as an assistant with the Los Angeles Marathon Association. An avid master competitor herself, she trains and competes in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Sunny received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Southern California and her Masters in Human Nutrition degree from University of New Haven. (Photo at left, by Luis Escobar). Email Sunny



Travis Macy

Travis Macy is a speaker, author, coach, and professional endurance athlete. Author of The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion's 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life, he holds the record for Leadman and has finished over 120 ultra distance events in 17 countries. Travis lives with his wife and two young children in the mountains around Evergreen, Colorado, and is sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE, among others. He wants to use “get better” goals in 2016 to keep improving as a husband and father. travismacy.com Email Travis



Zach Adams

Zach masquerades as a white collar corporate zombie Monday thru Friday in order to afford race entries, but is much happier writing columns for Ultrarunning Magazine or blogging at www.MidPackZach.com. Writing and playing Dungeons and Dragons are his hobbies, but running ultras and having adventures is his passion. Zach loves sarcasm, dislikes whining, and occasionally likes to write what lots of people are thinking but don’t dare say in public. Email Zach