January 11, 2016


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Trail Race Director Panelists

Zoë Rom, Editor in Chief, Trail Runner Magazine

Zoë Rom is Editor in Chief at Trail Runner magazine. She found trail running in the Ozark Mountains in college. She fell in love with the mountains while pursuing a masters degree in environmental journalism at CU Boulder. Her runs are fueled by podcasts and vegan pizza. Her work has appeared on NPR, Outside, Threshold Podcast, and Trail Runner.

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

David Callahan, Ultrasignup

David Callahan is one of the owners of UltraSignup. He spends the majority of his working time on new partnerships and initiatives to bring to the UltraSignup community

Jay Kelley, Ultrasignup

Jay Kelley is one of the owners of UltraSignup. He helps guide operations, customer support, technology and growth.

Craig Thornley, RD WS100

Craig is the Race Director of Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, Co-Founder and former RD of Waldo 100K, and has served on the Steering Committee for ITRA. He’s also an avid runner, rock climber, and trail steward.

Susan Kendrick, Ultrasignup

Susan is the Director of Brand Relationships for UltraSignup. She was most recently Director of Strategic Partnerships & Sponsorship for the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation for 10 years, which includes the Birkie Trail Run in Hayward, Wisconsin. She is an avid trail runner and on the board of the American Trail Running Association - ATRA.

Paul Jurasin - Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub

Paul Jurasin is the Director of New Programs and the Digital Transformation Hub for Cal Poly. He leads the development of new technology programs, with a focus on fostering relationships with corporate and public sector partners for the Information Technology Services team.

Steve Schneider, Rogue Trails

>20 years as trail advocate/steward/volunteer. Non-Profit Trails Board Member, 2009-2013. International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Regional Director 2012-2016. Lifetime outdoor enthusiast, & conservation minded recreational facilitator. Been with Rogue Trails since 2017.

Steven Aderholt, One Step Events

Steve has been organizing events for over a decade. He started the Ragnar Trail series which has introduced many people to the beauty of trail running. He is proud of what he helped build at Ragnar, especially a strong focus on environmental sustainability. Since leaving Ragnar, Steve freelances for numerous events and feels lucky that “work” revolves around adventuring with friends & exploring beautiful places..& from time to time, dressing up in costumes.

Micah Daigeaun, Transgender athlete

Now living in Scotland by way of “ Rocksylvania”, Micah Daigeaun is seasoned road, trail and ultra runner with over 25 years of experience in the sport. Micah also advocates for the rights of transgender athletes.

Paul Gigliotti, Pirate Perry Events

Paul is the owner/operator of Pirate Perry Events, a race management company based out of north central AR. Paul’s been directing races since 2013, most famously David’s Trail Endurance Run. He & his wife own a specialty fitness store where they spread the love of (trail) running.

Brannon Pack, Experience Fayetteville

As Cycling Coordinator for Experience Fayetteville, Brannon produces tourism focused cycling content, manages rights holder relationships for regional, national, & international cycling events, & works with hotel and restaurant partners to build a more bicycle-friendly community for Fayetteville’s residents & its visitors.

Nathan Nicholas, Nicholas Hill

Nathan 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 athletic events, sports organizations, and trade associations.

Cheryl Miller, Founder, KOA Running

Cheryl is a lifelong runner and avid traveler, as well as a devoted mom and partner, a passionate writer, and a strong advocate for mental health awareness. Currently, she is the Founder of KOA Running, a coaching and running group that inspires its members to build their training upon courage. She has written various articles on running and mental health for Hoka One One, Runner’s World Magazine, and several smaller athletic blogs

Jordan Daniel, Founder, Rising Hearts

Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel – Kul Wičasa Lakota, a citizen of Kul Wicasa Oyate (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe) as well as a passionate & devoted advocate for Indian Country & all people. Nationally known for her advocacy & grassroots organization for anti-pipelines/climate justice efforts, change the name/not your mascot, the epidemic & crisis of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR), & native youth initiatives

Jody Sanborn, WCADVSA

Jody Sanborn is the Director of Prevention with the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence& Sexual Assault, where she leads efforts for primary prevention & social change advocacy. She is also an ultrarunner, mother, & connoisseur of Type 2 fun.

Paulette Odenthal, RRCA MN Rep.

Active as an ambassador in the running industry for three decades as an accomplished runner, race director, group and 1:1 coach to both road and trail runners, former board member for Upper Midwest Trail Runner, Advisory Capacity to ATRA, state rep for RRCA, Run Coordinator for Life Time Lakeville and always working on development of new trail runs in MN.

Ryan Montgomery, Altra athlete

Born & raised in the misty Pacific Northwest near Seattle, Ryan has always loved exploring the outdoors. His running career started in middle school in Alaska when he participated in cross country. He continued competing in distance running in high school in Oregon & ran his first marathon at 15 years old. While attending University, he started to explore trail running & ultra-running. As an athlete and coach, he loves to help others get into the sport and make the sport/outdoors more open and accessible to diverse athletes.

Amy Ben-Horin, Wander Project

Amy has worked with nonprofits for the past 13 years. In 2020, she stepped into the role of Executive Director for Wander Project. Since then, she has learned so much about the racing industry & has helped support athletes in raising over $300,000. Amy cannot wait to expand & create bigger impacts within these communities that inspire us to run!

Trail Runner Panelists

Derek Lee, RISE Physical Therapy

Since 1997 Running has been a huge part of Derek’s life. A battle with cancer 4 years ago pushed him to pursue running with even more passion from a recreational & professional standpoint as a Physical Therapist and Co-Founder at Rise Physical Therapy.

Jeff Kildahl, Creator, Performance Medicine

Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, publisher, researcher, and epigenetics performance testing visionary. Performance Medicine® is an innovative consulting firm providing ultra-endurance athletes synergistic solutions to genetically transcend health, performance, & longevity in life and sport.

Tayte Pollmann, elite athlete & ATRA

Elite mountain and trail runner. American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Project Associate and recent graduate from the University of Portland. This effervescent 21-year-old is puts his English degree to good use writing and sharing articles and short videos for ATRA from his travels across the United States and overseas.

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.

Cliff Pittman, F2E Coaching

Cliff Pittman is a certified run coach, certified life coach, & former Army Fitness Trainer, who leverages both physiology and psychology to draw out an athlete’s full potential through sound training principles, process goals, & mindset mastery strategies

Tim Steen, SALT Health

Tim Steen is a registered dietitian living in Fayetteville, AR. He works at SALT Health, a primary care functional medicine clinic featuring medical, spa, & fitness amenities in Bentonville, Ar. He’s a passionate runner with marathon and trail ultra experience.

Dan Feeney, BOA

Dan is the manager of biomechanics research at BOA investigating how fit affects performance. He has a PhD in Biomechanics and ran cross country in college; later racing as a professional triathlete. Currently, he is an avid trail runner primarily chasing his husky for training

Eric Fuselier, Environmental Scientist

Eric is an environmental scientist at Olsson, working with civil engineers to minimize the environmental impact from the infrastructure projects they design. Eric also serves on the national board for Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices through the preservation, restoration, & establishment of native plant communities

David Dombrow, Speedland

Dave Dombrow is currently consulting and launching a new hyper performance trail brand called Speedland. Mr. Dombrow has a passion for athletic performance and is constantly looking to challenge the status quo and progress the industry

Duc Pham, Fayetteville HS

Duc is a Freshman at Fayetteville High School and runs on the Cross Country Team. Duc said when he first got into running he was discouraged, because his friends were faster than he was. Then he realized, maybe speed wasn't his thing, but distance could be! He worked hard & trained to run his first Half Marathon & 15K Trail Run at 14 years old. Duc has dwarfism and found out about Achilles through following another Achilles triathlete in Boston, John Young. He is also running the Hero Half Marathon tomorrow!

Cheryl Miller, Founder, KOA Running

Cheryl is a lifelong runner and avid traveler, as well as a devoted mom and partner, a passionate writer, and a strong advocate for mental health awareness. Currently, she is the Founder of KOA Running, a coaching and running group that inspires its members to build their training upon courage. She has written various articles on running and mental health for Hoka One One, Runner’s World Magazine, and several smaller athletic blogs

Mike Ambrose, Salomon

Mike is a product line manager for Salomon, living in Annecy, France. He has close to 10 years of experience in the outdoor industry, specifically in Brand Management, Sports Marketing, & Footwear Development. His main passion is empowering & inspiring all runners to be their best!

Adam Chase, President, ATRA

Chase has won more than 20 ultramarathons, has been on many sponsored running, snow shoe and adventure racing teams and has been inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame. He is the co-author of “The Ultimate Guide to Trial Running,” & four trail running guides (with Nancy Hobbs).