Writers

Mark Kreuzer – Salt Lake City

Mark originally hails from the great state of Indiana having also 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 Yamilet Nieto he started TrailAndUltraRunning.com.  Mark now acts as Publisher for TAUR.

He has competed in over 30 marathons & ultra marathons and has coached more than than 100 runners with Luke’s Locker in Dallas TX.  Besides all things running, Mark enjoys spending time with friends, exploring Utah, talking care of his 14 year old dog, 16 year old cat and traveling.  In 2011, Mark and Yami completed an 11 month 16,000 mile trip around the US… time spent sight seeing, running trails and racing.

 Jerry Armstrong - Boulder, CO

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.

themissingnailblog@gmail.com

Mirna Valerio – Georgia

Mirna is a born and bred New Yorker who currently resides in the North Georgia mountains (and yes, there are mountains in Georgia!) with her very handsome husband and increasingly sarcastic 5th grade boy. A classically trained musician, she teaches Spanish and choral music at a boarding school along with coaching both cross country and track.

She began her lifelong (but on and off) obsession with running in high school where she had to run a mile for the first time ever in her life. That was the beginning of the end. She now does marathons, has completed an ultra and looks forward to many, many more. Her dream even is the 6 day Trans Rockies Run. “I need to show us fat girls that we can be out here too, living, breathing, and beating the hell out of fat-people stereotypes.”

You can follow her adventures in both road and trail running on her blog at http://fatgirlrunning-fatrunner.blogspot.com/

Lara Robinson – Boulder CO – aka SMZRunner

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.

Follow her on twitter at @smzrunner or email smzrunner@gmail.com

Emir Dedic – Flourtown, PA

After many ups and downs, Emir started seriously running in 2011. 2013 meant the entrance into the ultrarunning scene which took his running to another level. Always looking for new challenges, his ultimate goal is to complete a 100 mile run in the next few years. When not running and working in IT Management, Emir juggles his time between 2 crazy kids and his lovely wife Amy, who is also an ultra runner.

You can read more on his blog: http://japodrunner.blogspot.com and follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @ededic

Carilyn Johnson – El Paso TX & Los Angeles CA

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.

For more about Carilyn See her site. CarilynJohnson.com

Emily Berriochoa – Boise, ID

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.

ultraem@gmail.com

 

Elizabeth Kimble- Arkansas

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!

Contact her at elizabethjayne@gmail.com

Vanessa Rodriguez – San Diego CA

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.

His personal blog can be found at YassineDiboun.com and his Training / Tour company at AnimalAthleticsPDX.com .

Craig Lloyd – Draper UT

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 two sons, who really give him something to run for, and not from!

Matt is also part of the Refuse to Quit crew, whose exploits can be followed on Refuse2quit.com.

Jennilyn Eaton

Jennilyn is a climber-gone-runner and the mother of two little boys. She juggles work and family with her hobbies of peak bagging, rock climbing, and writing. Also member of the La Sportiva mountain running team, you can find Jennilyn and her Helios tracks in the Wasatch mountains. Read more of her writing on her personal blog at http://jennilyneaton.blogspot.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.

hmberkel@yahoo.com

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.

For more, find her over at her blog, runnerwithanappetite.com

Nicholas L. Norfolk – Arkansas

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 #Runchat Official Blogger.  You can also find him on Twitter and Instagram.