January 11, 2016

Speakers

#TrailConference

Trail Race Director Panelists

Craig Thornley, WS100

Craig is Race Director of Western States Endurance Run, Co-Founder and Co-RD of Waldo 100K, on Steering Committee for ITRA (International Trail Running Association). He is also an avid runner, climber, skier, and trail steward.

Dale Garland, Hardrock 100

Dale has been involved with ultra running since the mid 1980's. After being forced to retire from running by 2 hip replacements, Dale focused his love of running ultras toward organizing an ultra which showcased the beautiful area in which he lived-southwest Colorado. Along with John Cappis, Rick Trujillo and Charlie Thorn, Dale developed the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run to celebrate the legacy of the hardrock miners who lived in the area.

Nancy Hobbs, ATRA

Nancy is founder & Executive Director of ATRA (American Trail Running Association), & organized the first US women’s MRT in 1995. She is also Treasurer on the WMRA (World Mountain Running Association) Council, Chair USATF MUT (Mountain / Ultra / Trail Running ) Council

Dr. Dumont, Internal Medicine, EPMG

Dr. Dumont believes that excellent health can often be achieved naturally and without resorting to medications or procedures. This belief is what fuels his passion for the programming at the Estes Park Wellness Center. His personal health journey and many of his patients’ experiences demonstrate the power and potential that individuals have to improve their health by embracing an active, balanced lifestyle.

Richard Bolt, ATRA

Richard is the Director of Online Marketing for ATRA (American Trail Running Association). He is also the Team Leader for the USMRT, and is an avid trail racer, snowshoer, and is a Salomon sponsored athlete

Peter Maksimow, ATRA

Peter is a big-bearded, trail-running, Inov-8-sponsored beer connoisseur…oh, and he also works with ATRA and RunReg, coaches the Kokopelli Kids, is the RD for Barr Trail Mountain Race, the founder and The Prez of Team Colorado.

Aaron Saft, Co-Owner/Operator of Foot Rx Running

Aaron is Co-Owner/Operator of Foot Rx Running, a specialty retail shop, co-founder/President of the Non-Profit RUN828 Foundation, and Co-Race Director of numerous races from 8k up to 100 miles. He’s been known to run a race or two as well

Keith Peters, Council for Responsible Sport

Keith is the executive director of the Council for Responsible Sport, a non-profit that promotes responsibly produced events. A long time ago, he ran around Mt. Hood on the Timberline Trail to celebrate his 40th birthday. More recently he’s been known to ride his road bike in the mountains.

Jim Harman, Race Director, EX2 Adventures

Jim is the founder and race director of EX2 Adventures, a Northern Virginia based company that organizes 18-21 trail races each year. Jim's been race directing full time since 2004 and considers himself lucky that a day spent on the trails is part of his job. In addition to trail running, Jim loves to ride his mountain bike

Nathan Nicholas, Nicholas Hill Group

Nathan D. Nicholas is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nicholas Hill Group, Inc. (NHG). NHG is a nationwide insurance firm specializing in risk management for sporting organizations and participatory events of all types and sizes. They provide Event Cancellation Refund Insurance Program for nearly 1,700 running, cycling and multisport events throughout the United States.

Samantha Pruit, CEO , Race SLO

Samantha is Founder & CEO of Race SLO #EnduranceTownUSA, the largest endurance sporting event company in Central California. Producing SLO Marathon, SLO Half, SLO Ultra, SLO GranFondo, SLO MTB, Warrior Trail Run and The Healthy Running Conference. Simply put, there is NO ultra or endurance sport she doesn’t like to do!

Rob Tranter, Race Roster

From a patriotic family of endurance athletes and race directors, he competed in 5 sports over 28 years, represented 2 national teams, and naturally found himself drawn to sales at Race Roster. Outside of work Rob paddles, runs, reads a bit, and changes diapers.

Kristin Andersen Garwood - Trail Runner Magazine

Kristin is the Advertising Sales Manager for Trail Runner magazine. She works with local, national and international trail running brands as well as race directors. Her marketing specialties are print, digital and social media. Kristin is a trail runner and avid skier and snowboarder.

Mike Hogan, Ragnar Relays

Ragnar is the overnight trail running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport. I work to create mutually beneficial partnerships that transform lives and help our partners tell their amazing stories. Ragnar delivers an incredible platform for our partners to deeply engage our trail runners and make life more awesome as we connect, conquer and celebrate.

Megan Finnessy, Dirty Thirty

Megan is the Race Director and creator of the Golden Gate Dirty 30 and the Silverton Double Dirty 30. She is also the US representative for MAProgress GPS tracking for events.

Pete Stevenson, Gnar Runners

Pete Stevenson has been a trail running fanatic since 2007 and has finished dozens of ultra marathons including Hardrock, Wasatch, and Western States, in addition to the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning in 2010. Pete is also an active leader of the Fort Collins Trail Runners, and spends much of his free time running and training adoptable rescue dogs.

Nick Clark, Gnar Runners

Nick Clark has been running Colorado trails for over nine years, and has logged literally thousands of miles in Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park, the venues for the Quad Rock 50, Black Squirrel Half Marathon, and Blue Sky Trail Marathon. Nick competes at the national level in ultra-distance races and has numerous titles and course records to his name.

Trail Runner Panelists

Nancy Hobbs, ATRA

Nancy is founder & Executive Director of ATRA (American Trail Running Association), & organized the first US women’s MRT in 1995. She is also Treasurer on the WMRA (World Mountain Running Association) Council, Chair USATF MUT (Mountain / Ultra / Trail Running ) Council

Peter Maksimow, ATRA

Peter is a big-bearded, trail-running, Inov-8-sponsored beer connoisseur…oh, and he also works with ATRA and RunReg, coaches the Kokopelli Kids, is the RD for Barr Trail Mountain Race, the founder and The Prez of Team Colorado.

Danny Basch, RMNP

Danny grew up in Estes Park and is lucky enough to have worked for RMNP since 1990, spending 20 years with the trail program before moving into his current position as the Facility Manager of B & U. He enjoys hiking, back-packing, biking, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Susan Farago, Trailhead Running

Susan discovered trail running in 2004 and uses running as an excuse to enjoy nature, spend time with friends, and run up hills. She is co-owner of Trailhead Running in Austin, TX and co-race director of the Women on the Trails Race Series – one of the first women-only trail races and the first complete running series to earn certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. Susan serves on the ATRA board and she recently relocated to Boulder, CO where the hills are much bigger.

Kelly Bailey Newlon, Real Athlete Diets

RAD creates delicious performance oriented food and brings it to you. They make it easy to eat the right kind of food to help you get the most out of your sport (or life). Using the best ingredients is paramount to RAD. They use locally grown, organic produce and protein.