Speakers

#TrailConference

Trail Race Director Panelists

Tia Bodington, Miwok 100K

Tia is Race Director of the Miwok 100K and former Managing Editor of Ultrarunning Magazine – specialist areas: sustainability, volunteer recruitment, public use, and safety and race amenities

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.

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

Chris Kostman, Badwater 135

Chris is the Chief Adventure Officer at AdventureCORPS, Inc. and the Race Director of the Badwater Ultramarathon 135, Badwater Salton Sea & Badwater Cape Fear.

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

Scott Dunlap, Trail Runner & Blogger

Scott is a technology entrepreneur who took up trail running and triathloning back in 2001 to get off the work treadmill and see a bit more of the outdoors. He created the well known a Trail Runner's Blog

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

Paul Landry, Mountain Goat Kids

Paul is COO/Co-Founder of Mountain Goat Kids Trail Series. Established in Denver, Colorado in 2013, MGK’s mission is to provide children with a sense of accomplishment, determination, and confidence through endurance activities. As a father of two boys, Paul is committed to introducing kids to trail running to help ensure the future of the sport.

Ann Baker Easely, VOC

Ann is executive director of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), a nonprofit that motivates and enables people to care for Colorado’s outdoors. As a Colorado native and avid hiker, Ann dedicates her career to promoting the importance of stewardship as part of being an outdoor enthusiast.

Salem Stanley, Vacation Races

Salem is the president and founder of Vacation Races. His company produces 17 events each year including the prominent National Park series of half marathons. Vacation Races recently merged with Ultra Adventures which produces an Ultramarathon series at iconic locations in the Grand Circle.

Matt Tucker, SSI Data

SSI Data currently offers the widest available set of reporting retail channels from outdoor, and run specialty, national accounts and specialty internet, athletic specialty and sporting goods, department stores, footwear retailers, and discount stores.

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.

Mike Bone, Spectrum Sports Management

Mike is President of Spectrum Sports Management in Southern California. They manage the RunCatalina platform with 10 trail runs annually on the island, as well as runDisney events in Anaheim. Outside of running, Spectrum Sports has managed events for the PGA TOUR and the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Paul Cuno-Booth, Trail Runner Magazine

Paul Cuno-Booth is the Associate Editor of Trail Runner magazine. He has written about Nolan's 14, the Hardrock 100, disputed FKTs, mezcal-sponsored trail runners, Matthew McConaughey and more than 50 different trail shoes.

Nick Clark, Gnarr Runners

Nick competes at the national level in ultra-distance races and has numerous titles and course records to his name. He is the co-founder of Gnarr Runners that put on events designed to promote enthusiasm and passion for the sport of mountain, trail and ultrarunning.

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

Melody Fairchild, Fairchild Fitness

Melody leads Boulder Mountain Warriors, a running club to help kids gain the mental and physical strength to overcome fear of failure and be willing to show up and run with pride in themselves. She is a multi-distance National Masters champion, and arguably the greatest female high school athlete the US has ever produced.

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.

Kevin Burnette, ModCraft

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.

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.

Ben Pickel, SSI Data

SSI Data currently offers the widest available set of reporting retail channels from outdoor, & run specialty, national accounts and specialty internet, athletic specialty and sporting goods, department stores, footwear retailers, and discount stores.

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

Brian Beckstead, Altra Running

Brian is the President & Co-Founder of Altra Footwear. He pioneered and steers Altra while trying to be an ultra runner. He has finished over 50 ultras including 4 Wasatch 100’s, UTMF and UTMB. He thinks he is a professional Flyfisherman as well…

Scott Dunlap, Trail Runner & Blogger

Scott is a technology entrepreneur who took up trail running and triathloning back in 2001 to get off the work treadmill and see a bit more of the outdoors. He created the well known a Trail Runner's Blog

Amanda Lee, Flatirons Running / NB athlete

Proudly representing Flatirons Running Inc., New Balance, and RocketPure, Amanda found her joy when she realized she was meant to be on the trails.

Jeff Browning, Altra athlete

Jeff Browning (aka Bronco) is a veteran ultra runner for Altra and Patagonia, graphic designer, and endurance coach at GoBroncoBilly.com. He’s racked up 14 career 100-mile wins and is the current record holder for The Double (combined Western States and Hardrock times).

Dina Griffin, eNRG Performance

Dina Griffin, MS, RD, CSSD, METS II is a Board Certified Sport Dietitian and Level II Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist working for eNRG Performance (an athlete testing, training, and education facility in Littleton, Colorado)

Jordan Ciambrone, Mindset for Strength

Jordan, M.S. Sport & Exercise Psychology, teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) & Mindfulness Based Performance Enhancement (MBPE), offering live and virtual programs with Mindset for Strength. Her running habits went from an efficient means of transportation in NYC to marveling over Colorado mountains.

Ben Pickel, SSI Data

SSI Data currently offers the widest available set of reporting retail channels from outdoor, & run specialty, national accounts and specialty internet, athletic specialty and sporting goods, department stores, footwear retailers, and discount stores.

Jim Galanes, EPOC Training

Jim is the owner of EPOC Performance Training, which provides endurance coaching services and markets and sells innovative Firstbeat training analytic software. He was a three time Olympian and has coached at three Olympics and the National Cross Country Ski Team for ten years.

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.

Matt Tucker, SSI Data

SSI Data currently offers the widest available set of reporting retail channels from outdoor, & run specialty, national accounts and specialty internet, athletic specialty and sporting goods, department stores, footwear retailers, and discount stores.

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.

Reid Delman, Gemini Adventures

Reid lives in Boulder CO and is the owner of Gemini Events. He produces the Desert RATS endurance running and mountain bike race series and backcountry getaways. He enjoys adventure and endurance sports, competes in MMA and enjoys anything that requires suffering.

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.

Richelle Criswell, Trailhead Running

Richelle is the Co-Owner of Austin-based Trailhead Running and Co-Race Director of the women only Women on the Trails Race Series. She has been running since middle school and in the last 10+ years, she’d developed a love for spending time on the trails. She loves encouraging women to get on the trails and run—no matter how “speedy” or “scenic” the pace.