Mark originally hails from the great state of Indiana having lived a number years in Florida and Texas. Now based in Salt Lake, Mark gets to focus on his passion of trail running and ultra marathons. With partner Yamilet Nieto he started TrailAndUltraRunning.com. Mark has competed in over 25 marathons and ultra marathons. He has also coached more than than 100 runners with Luke’s Locker in Dallas TX. Besides all things running, Mark enjoys spending time with friends, talking care of his 13 year old dog, 15 year old cat and traveling. In 2011, Mark and Yami completed a 10 month 16,000 trip around the US… time spent sight seeing, running trails and racing.
Jerry was born and raised in San Diego, California. After college and an enlistment in the US Marine Corps, Jerry began competing in endurance racing. Starting with short-course triathlons and road racing, Jerry eventually completed two Ironman triathlons and his first ultramarathon. In 2006, Jerry realized his true calling was mountain ultrarunning. Since then, Jerry has competed in over 35 ultras and marathons. Jerry practices a 100% plant-based, vegan, diet. He is a student of Bikram Yoga, Buddhism, and Shamanism. He openly shares the benefits of training hard physically with an emphasis on recovery through endurance nutrition and moving meditation. Jerry currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Jenifer and their son, Jalen.
Kirstin Hendrickson – Arizona
Kirstin Hendrickson is an experienced endurance athlete with many marathons and an Ironman triathlon under her belt. She’s just breaking into ultramarathon, with her first goal race of 50 miles coming up in October. When she’s not running, Kirstin is a science journalist and faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Arizona State University. She has a PhD in chemistry, as well as degrees in zoology and psychology. She has written a textbook called Chemistry In The World, which includes a unit on the chemical and physiological effects of exercise and nutrition. She’s a staff writer at the Highlight HEALTH network, and blogs about evidence-based parenting at www.SquintMom.com.
T.R. Maloney – Boulder CO
TR came to ultra running via bike racing and triathlons. He spent 20-years in the cycling industry managing bike shops and then as a Product Manager for a bike company. While training for Ironman Louisville he realized the longer events better matched his endurance engine.
After a couple years of 13.1’s and 26.2’s it was time for him to move up to the 50-milers. During a five-month span in 2011 he competed in the Run Rabbit Run 50, Pony Express 50 and Rocky Raccoon 50. An ultra runner was born…
TR lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado and can often be found running around Marshall Mesa and the surrounding trails with his wife Lisa. In his spare time he wrenches on bikes for local pros, listens to 80’s hair metal and searches for the perfect 4-legged running companion.
Lara started running after a 20-year hiatus when it became apparent that her fat dog needed to lose about 20 pounds or die of a heart attack. She quickly upped her mileage and within a year was running 10k’s and then her first Half Marathon. Every Saturday morning she joined a group of women from her kids’ preschool and hit the trails. Running in the hills of Boulder captured her heart and she began to blog about her weekly runs. Within a few years her mileage had increased even more and in 2010 she ran her first marathon, followed 10 months later by her first Ultra. Now, she’s double-dipping and training simultaneously for Ultra trail races as well as Marathons, having figured out that both are possible as long as the trail running is there to heal muscles brutalized by road and speed work.
Lara is a single mom raising her two kids in the Boulder area. She writes a blog called Saturday Morning Zen that originally started as a way to record her thoughts about trail running but that morphed into essays about running, trails, training, and the intersection of thoughts and life that happen when we least expect it. She’s the co-author of “Full Circle”, a book that’s still in production, and works as an Executive and Entrepreneurial Coach as well as a Project Manager.
“Sherpa” John Lacroix spent the first 30 years of his life in New Hampshire. As a peak-bagger and adventurer in NH’s White Mountains, he successfully completed the AMC 4000 Footer Club list numerous times, including in the Winter season, and is the youngest finisher of the challenging TrailWrights 72 peak bagging list. Sherpa transformed from peak-bagger to trail runner in 2004 and started running ultramarathons in 2005. Since then he has completed over 40 official ultra-marathons and over a dozen other ultra-distance Journey Run and Fat Ass events.
In 2008 he became the first, and only, person to have ever run 125 miles non-stop across New Hampshire’s widest point. He was the Race Director of the inaugural New England 200 Mile Ultra (now Peak Ultra 50/100/200/500 Races) and is a co-founder of the original (Spartan) Pittsfield Death Race.
He has a B.S. in Outdoor Education and when not involved with Ultra-Running, he works in Boulder as a Professional Guide and a Corporate Adventure Trainer. As an adventure documentary film-maker he is best known for his work on “48″ and is currently producing various new projects. He has hosted a popular adventure and ultra-running blog “Sherpa John: Human Potential” since 2007.
I am a mom, ultrarunner, adventure athlete, speaker, and running coach (Achieve Flow Running) living in Texas and Los Angeles. I ran my first 50 miler in May of 2006 and my first 100 miler in November of 2006. Since that time, I have run numerous marathons, fifty milers, 100 milers and 24 Hour races. As a two-time member of Team USA, I competed in two World Championships, earning a Silver Medal in Bergamo, Italy. I love the spirit of the ultrarunning community and feel lucky to be a part of it. I go through life hoping that anything is possible.
Emily Berriochoa has lived in the Boise, Idaho area since she was a kid. From high school to 2007, her relationship with running was frequently on the rocks. But when her baby girl was six months old, she got off the couch and started running again—for the last time. After shedding the baby weight, she ran her first marathon in 2008. But it was running the Big Horn trail 50k in 2009 that changed her life forever.
Emily feels that trail ultra running is the bomb, and as part of Team Pearl iZUMi Mountain States, she has the opportunity to connect with lots of runners and share the love. Emily’s favorite races are 100 milers, and she is working to unravel the mysteries involved in the distance. Emily runs really slow but doesn’t lose sleep over it. For her, time spent on her local trails—Ridge to Rivers and Wilson Creek—is where it’s at.
Emily and running partner Davina Jackson founded Pickled Feet Ultra Running in 2011 and currently direct three races for the company. When not race directing or running, Emily is a freelance designer and advocate for getting her kids (ages 6 and 10) out running.
A native Arkansas, Elizabeth returned to the running scene after 8 years thanks in part to a local running clinic. She began running in Vibram FiveFingers at the same time and hasn’t put them down since. After finding 5Ks weren’t her speed, she happened to learn of a trail fun run…and the rest is history. Now most of her races are on the trail, and recently completed her first 50K.
When she’s not running, you can find her slinging joe at the best local coffee shop in town, advocating for a cleaner, greener environment, or cuddling the other two members of her family – the cat and the husband, in that order!
Vanessa (Runs) Rodriguez is an ultra endurance trail runner, freelance writer, and online editor. She has written for Ultra Running Magazine, Trail Running magazine, and Active.com. Vanessa loves the concept of running 100 miles, and hates being separated from her Kindle or her dog. Read her full bio, check out her articles, or follow her epic adventures at vanessaruns.com. Happy trails and ponytails!
Yassine Diboun – Portland OR
Since enterning the world of Ultra and Trail racing, Yassine Diboun has consistently been one of the top runners in the country. He’s recorded a significant number of Ultra Marathon wins, Top 10 finishes and finished the 2012 Western States 100 miler in 16:43.
Yassine has a Bachelors of Science degree program in Physical Activity/Exercise from Portland State University. He and his family currently reside in Portland Oregon where he coaches, trains and runs Animal Athletics.
Craig Lloyd started running in January, 2009. His meager beginnings have grown to become a local ultra-running character. His love for adventure and silliness out-weighs his desire to race, although he finds time a few times a year to toe the line with the other crazies willing to sacrifice their time, body, and mind to the trail gods. Thanks to his background in rock climbing and peak-bagging, Craig tends to target routes that are only a ‘little scary’, but most often lead to the tops of mountains. He is the current Fastest Known Time holder of the Utah Triple Crown – Utah’s three tallest peaks, first person to run the Zion Double Crossing, and winner of the 2011 Laramie 100. However, these feats pale in comparison to such achievements as – jumping over people downclimbing the crags at the 2009 Wahsatch Steeplechase, doing a backflip off of Mom’s Rock at Joe’s Valley, and eating an entire box of Otter Pops in a single sitting.
Craig works for a national telecom company, but is starting to grow his own public speaking and personal development company called A Life Worth Running. When he’s not running or working he can be found playing with his four children or walking his slack-line in his backyard in Draper, UT. His wife thinks he is absolutely crazy but still manages to find a little love in her heart for him. You can read about his personal exploits on his blog – refuse2quit.com.
Matt Williams – Salt Lake City, Utah
Matt spent his childhood exploring in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, with many more years spent on trails from the back of a horse. Only in the last few years did he realize the vast opportunities that actually running on the trails would afford. Matt enjoys adventure running as a way to see spectacular scenery, with an occasional race thrown in. Living in SLC, Utah gives easy access to some of the best trails in the country. He has the support of an amazing wife and son, who really give him something to run for, and not from!
Matt is also part of the Refuse to Quit crew, who’s exploits can be followed on Refuse2quit.com.
Heather “Missy” Berkel – Salt Lake City
Missy grew up in Kalamazoo Michigan before attending the University of Utah. After graduating college she stayed in Salt Lake City. Missy’s passion for the outdoors has propelled her to two 100 mile finishes. She also enjoys skate skiing as well as backcountry ski touring.
Rebecca Schaefer – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Running since the 3rd grade, Rebecca has been hooked on running from a young age. When running in high school, the idea of running longer than a 5k was absurd, but the fun and pain of long distances eventually lured her in. First, it was just marathons, but that wasn’t enough. Since then, she’s run a handful of marathons, 12 hour races, 24 hour races, a 50k, and a 100 miler, mostly through faking it ’till she makes it and learning from the amazing ultra community.
Nicholas is a self-proclaimed runbassador. As much as he loves running, he equally enjoys writing about his adventures and paying it forward as much as possible. Running is his haven for relaxing, thinking, and dreaming. Nicholas blogs at ICEdot Athletes, is a contributor for Arkansas Outside, and a #Runchat Official Blogger. You can also find him on Twitter and Instagram.