Tag: Profile

A Running Hero: Gunhild Swanson

Ultrarunning has had a major impact on my life for almost two decades, and there are a few people who have been part of my journey from the beginning. I remember training for my first ultra in the summer of 2001. I was l...

Katie Grossman

Age: 36Where do you live currently? Wrightwood, CAWhere did you grow up? St. Charles, MOOccupation: Copywriter (advertising)Family (kids, spouse, pets)? Husband, Dominic and daughter, Lindy Mae (15 months)Number of ultra...

Sebastian Salsbury

Age: 13Where do you live currently? Santa Barbara, CaliforniaWhere did you grow up? Santa BarbaraOccupation: 8th grade studentFamily (parents, siblings, pets)? My dad Mike, mom Gabriella, my big brother Nicholas, and big...

Nikki Kimball: Always a Runner

We all face crucial decisions throughout our lives. The one facing Nikki Kimball last fall was the most important she would ever make regarding her running.A left tibia injury from a snowshoe race in 2016 had escalated d...

I am an Ultrarunner: Joyce Ong

Age: 68Where do you live currently? Nokesville, VAWhere did you grow up? Yuba City, CAOccupation: Retired from federal government serviceFamily (kids, spouse, pets)? My best friend Ray is also my eternal kid, spouse and...

Tim Tollefson

In the summer of 2018 near his home in Mammoth Lakes, California, Tim Tollefson had been preparing with uncommon focus for the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in Chamonix, France.After finishing third in both of his pre...

I am an Ultrarunner: Kristi Mayo

Age: 39Where do you live? Kearney, MissouriWhere did you grow up? Kearney, MissouriOccupation: I’m a creative. During the week, I publish magazines and work on other writing, marketing and design projects. On weekends, I...

Devon Yanko

Devon Yanko was racing for victory at the Leadville 100 on Aug. 19, 2017. Each mile that day was about stepping outside her competitive cocoon. She would later write in her blog, “I savored the moment. I ran this race in...

I Am An Ultrarunner: Ian Torrance

Age: 46Where do you live currently? Flagstaff, AZWhere did you grow up? Gaithersburg, MDOccupation: Running coach, wildland restoration specialist, race directorFamily (kids, spouse, pets)? Emily, my wife, and four furry...

Diana Fitzpatrick: Breaking 24 at Western States

Diana Fitzpatrick has run many races, including qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials three times, finishing among the top 10 women twice at the Western States Endurance Run, and outright winning the le...

Behind the Lens

“Will I stay ahead of Courtney? When will I get service? Brockway will be packed! Should I sleep tonight? Should I run this someday? It’s mile two, why is my knee not finding a rhythm? I need some crew or an assistant. I...

Profile: Jennifer Nissen

One hundred mile races, cancer treatment and training for Badwater 135 are not typically words that appear in the same sentence, unless you are Jennifer Nissen. The Texas native completed her third 100-mile race at MCR U...

Mark Robbins: Giving So That Others Can Experience the Extraordinary

I was bruised, battered and beyond help as my pacer and I stumbled into the Pot Hollow aid station at mile 84.7 of September’s Wasatch 100-miler in Utah. For several hours, I’d been tilting far to my left, like a buil...

Chris DeNucci’s Journey: Inspiration, Intuition & Surgery

Precision marks a lot of the important things in Chris DeNucci’s life. He is, after all, an M.D. in musculoskeletal radiology, a field of medicine that deals with imaging of bone and joint abnormalities, including ort...

Failing Spectacularly: Golden Ticket Races Provide Bob Shebest a Silver Lining

Bob Shebest will be the first to tell you that he’s always on the lookout for inspirational quotes to help fuel his training and racing…and his life. Yet there is more to Shebest’s appreciation of memorable lines than...

73: Just Another Number on a 100-mile Western States Journey

With each passing year, it’s a race we know we shouldn’t be running.  But often, against our better judgment, knowing full well the runner we were last year, or 10 years ago, or 20 years ago could be far different fro...

Pamela Chapman Markle

The emergence of Pamela Chapman Markle as a prolific runner of 100-mile races is as sudden and surprising as it is unlikely. Pamela never ran in a foot race of any distance before the age of 55; not even a 5k. Her first...

Marcy Schwam: Ultrarunning Pioneer

Back before she gained acclaim as one of the foremost female distance runners on the planet, Marcy Schwam entered her first marathon as… a man. At least in the eyes of the Boston Athletic Association. A year after...

Emily Richards’ Long and Winding Road

It was only a few miles of conversation between two runners as they worked their way across a muddy mountain in northern Nevada last May. Months later, as Kaci Lickteig is asked about it, it’s clear she hasn’t forgotten...

Tejas Trails Tales

You may have read the recent article from Joe Prusaitis about how he and his wife, Joyce, passed their “baby,” aka Tejas Trails, on to a new guy. Well, I’m that “new guy” and I want you to know about some plans of mine t...