Amy Rusiecki is a full-time engineer with a passion for ultrarunning. During her ultrarunning career (Amy has completed 82 ultras and has won 33 of them), she has found confidence, joy and her husband. She is the RD for the Vermont 100 and coaches other ultrarunners through The Run Formula. She is a three-time member of the USA Trail Team, and is sponsored by Inov-8 and Drymax. Amy, her husband and their kitty live in western Massachusetts and mainly race throughout the East Coast.
Guy and Krista Alderdice live in West Windsor, Vermont on a small farm, with their two teenage boys. In addition to being endurance junkies, they enjoy traveling and showing their kids the world. Between the two of them, they have finished 16 Vermont 100’s, eight on foot and eight on horseback. Through their love of ultarunning, they’ve made many connections with folks just like them. They founded Blue Collar Runners as a way to share the stories of everyday runners. These inspiring stories can be found at www.bluecollarrunners.com.
Clare Gallagher is an ultrarunner and environmental advocate living in Boulder, Colorado. After studying the impacts of climate change on coral reefs at Princeton, she transitioned to running long in the mountains.
Cory Reese is the author of the books Nowhere Near First, Into The Furnace and Stronger Than the Dark to the end. He uses running to help balance out a well-developed sweet tooth. When he’s not running, Cory stays busy as a husband, father and medical social worker. His adventures can be found at fastcory.com.
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.
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.
Drew Dinan traded the tropics of the Florida Keys for the trails of Bend, OR. Once living the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle, working on fishing boats and owning only a single pair of flip flops, he now has way too many running shoes in his closet and never hears the end of it from his loving wife. He is on a constant quest to find the best happy hours, likes to complain when it’s cold outside, and one day hopes to travel the country writing reviews on chicken wings.
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.
Erika is the Contributing Editor for UltraRunning magazine. She grew up as a soccer player in Portland, OR but turned to ultrarunning when she moved to the Bay Area after receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Chapman University. She continues to work part-time as a PT, primarily with the elderly. Erika ran her first ultra in 2008 and has now completed over 30 ultras of distances ranging from 50K to 100 miles. The 100K and 100-mile distance are her favorite.
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.
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 two running book The Tao of Running: Your Journey to Mindful and Passionate Running and The Mindful Runner: Finding Your Inner Focus available on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble online. Visit his website at: thetaoofrunning.com.
Born in France, raised in Mexico, Gaël Couturier has been a sports journalist for over 20 years, traveling mostly in Asia and in the Middle-East. He lived in Venezia, Italy for 4-years and in India for 3-years, where he worked as an editor for an adventure magazine and directed an ultra by the Pakistan border, making friends with young paramilitary and 6-foot cobras. A 4-time UTMB, 7-time Marathon Des Sables, and 17-time Ironman distance triathlon finisher, he now lives in Southern California with his very lazy English bulldogs, Key Lime Pie.
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.
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
Jason Koop is the author of Training Essentials for Ultrarunning and Coaching Director for CTS. Over his 15-year career as a coach he has worked with novice, age-group and elite ultrarunners, including Kaci Lickteig, Timothy Olson and Dylan Bowman. As Coaching Director, Jason oversees the performance and continuing education of more than 50 coaches. For information on CTS coaching and training camps, visit trainright.com.
Jeffrey is a dog lover, coach, consultant, writer, and has over a decade of experience in endurance sports - his second mountain bike race ever was the Leadville 100. He fell hard for ultrarunning after completing the Headlands 50k in 2017. Born in Mill Valley, but now residing in sunny Santa Barbara, he loves his hometown Dipsea Race and has completed it 11 consecutive times, as well as the Dipsea Triple Crown in 2018. In his free time he coaches high school cross-country, enjoys exploring the Los Padres National Forest, swimming in the ocean, and helping others in any way he can. www.uponward.com
Jeff Kozak discovered the mountains and trails through childhood summers spent at the family cabin in California’s Eastern Sierra. A passion for distance running ignited on the cross country courses and tracks of high school in Ohio. After the college years, also known as a directionless tour of the sciences culminating with a Psychology degree, the twin loves of the alpine and running quickly merged at the 1997 Baldy Peaks 50K, the first of nearly 100 ultras over the past two decades. The competitive fire still burns, but is increasingly tempered by adventure running, fastpacking and giving back to the sport that has given so much. He lives in the rainshadow of the Sierra Nevada in Bishop, CA with his girlfriend, Margo, and can be reached at [email protected].
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).
Jodi Weiss has been running ultras for the last decade, and to date has completed 35 races of 100 miles or more, and dozens of 50Ks, 50 milers, 100Ks and 24-hour races. She loves hot-weather races, making Badwater 135, Javelina Jundred, and Keys 100 her favorite races, with multiple finishes at each. When she’s not running races, she loves to write about races and interview her running superheroes. In her professional life, she leads the Nonprofit and Higher Education Practice at Korn Ferry, a global consulting firm, and is a professor of literature and writing at various colleges and universities. She’s currently working on her second novel, Exit 11N.
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.
Liza Howard is a long-time ultrarunner and harried mom living in San Antonio, TX. Her racing highlights include winning the Leadville 100 twice and winning the USATF 50-mile Road Championships in 2017 and the 100k in 2018. She divides her time between teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, directing the Band of Runners non-profit and coaching for Sharman Ultra and being a busy mom.
Lucy Bartholomew is a 23-year-old Australian who travels to follow the sun and fuels her life with plants. After running her first 100k at 15 years old, she has been hooked on the sport, the community and smiling through the challenges.
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.
Meredith Terranova has a B.S. degree in Human Nutrition and has been helping her clients reach their nutritional goals since 2004 at her consultancy, Eating and Living Healthy. Meredith recently completed her third Ultraman, and has raced over 50 ultramarathons with several wins and podium finishes. She and her husband Paul Terranova live in Austin, Texas, and enjoy a lifestyle centered around endurance sports. Learn more by visiting eatingandlivinghealthy.com.
Olivia Affuso, PhD, FACSM is an adventurer, ultrarunner, writer, and wellness coach. She stumbled into ultra running 10 years ago and has completed three 100 mile races and over 25 ultra marathons. When not running or pacing, Olivia conducts physical activity research at the UAB School of Public Health.
Pam Smith ran her first trail race in 1992 and started ultra-distance races in 2002, with more than 70 finishes. She was the 2013 Western States champion and holds the Angeles Crest course record. She has been on a total of seven national teams for both the 100km and 24-hour events. Pam is running her seventh Western States 100 in 2018 under the Active Joe sponsorship. She lives in Salem with her husband and two children and she works as a pathologist. More of Pam’s writing can be found on her blog, “The Turtle Path.”
Scotty has over 20-years of experience in the audio production industry. Career highlights include; executive producer of a top-rated morning talk show, co-founding an influential ultra-running podcast, launching the California Department of Public Health’s podcast and co-hosting an award-winning podcast for Placer County; The Placer Life. Scotty also consults with new podcast hosts - sharing his bag of tricks to launch podcasts. He lives in the Sacramento area with his daughter, Emma and dog, Cork.
Sarah Lavender Smith is an ultrarunning coach, writer and mom of two who divides her time between the Bay Area and southwestern Colorado. She is the author of the book, The Trail Runner’s Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Trail Running and Racing, from 5Ks to Ultras. Follow her blog TheRunnersTrip.com.
Sean Meissner has been coaching runners of all ages and abilities, and distances and terrain, since 2002. He is the founder of the Peterson Ridge Rumble and has over 250 (ultra)marathon finishes. Sean coaches through Sharman Ultra, and works and plays, mostly with his dogs, in the mountains surrounding Durango, CO.
Tracy Beth Høeg, MD, PhD practices Sports, Spine and Regenerative Medicine in Northern California. She is affiliated with the University of California-Davis and has a passion for ultramarathon and regenerative medicine research. She is a Danish-American double citizen, married to Rasmus Høeg, MD, and they have four children. Tracy has run for the US Trail Ultramarathon Team and the Danish Long
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