January 11, 2016

Speakers

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Trail Race Director Panelists

Steven Aderholt, Senior VP Operations, Ragnar Events

Steven is an avid rock climber, mountain biker, Nordic skier, and trail ultra-distance runner & lives in Salt Lake City, UT. Most weekends find him playing in the mountains and deserts of the western US. He also oversees operations for Ragnar Events. He is happy to work in an industry that inspires people to push their limits, connect with others, and find the beauty of running.

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.

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.

Max King, DRT 11

Based in Bend, Oregon, Max has raced and won over a huge range of distances and terrain including winning both the World Mountain Running Championship in 2011 and the 100km World Championship in 2014. Recently he has taken on several projects to give back to the running community. He is a co-director of the Max King Trail Running Camps for both youth and adults, the co-director of the Bend Marathon, and an advocate for youth running and public lands.

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.

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.

Tayte Pollmann, Nike elite athlete & ATRA

Elite mountain and trail runner sponsored by the Nike Trail Team. 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 and Nike from his travels across the United States and overseas.

Jim Harman, Race Director Consultant

Founder and former owner of Northern Virginia based EX2 Adventures, Jim Harman has spent the past 18 years building a sustainable small business that created, organized, and produced over 250 trail races. Jim sold EX2 in December of 2017, moved south to Chapel Hill, NC, and now helps race directors and organizations create and grow their trail races.

Megan Janssen, Trail Runner Magazine

Megan Janssen is a trail runner, writer and lover of all things outdoors. She is the Assistant Editor for Trail Runner Magazine and loves working with athletes, photographers and writers everyday for her job. When not running or writing she can be found dancing, teaching or volunteering.

Kyle Robidoux, United in Stride

Kyle manages United in Stride in which he recruits and trains sighted guides and provides technical assistance to race directors to create Athletes with Disabilities Divisions. He is an avid runner and skier and is an Ambassador with Topo Athletic, Nathan Sports & Vermont Peanut Butter Co.

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!

Paulette Odenthal, RRCA MN State 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 working on development of new MN trail run for 2019

Greg Lanctot, Pacific Coast Trail Runs

Greg is the Co-Owner/RD with his wife Jennifer Lopez-Lanctot for Pacific Coast Trail Runs in Northern California. Together, they produce over 20 events per year. He recently just stepped down as President & Race Director for Quicksilver 100K/50K and Quicksilver Running Club. Every year, you can always find him in costume at Western States as the MC/Host at Duncan Canyon Aid Station.

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

Frank D. Dumont, MD, FACP Internal Medicine Physician and Medical Director of Wellness

Dr. Dumont believes that excellent health can often be achieved naturally, without resorting to medications or procedures. For those who are healthy and athletic, modern analysis and science can be used to improve overall health and performance. He has special interests in high altitude medicine as well as athletic nutrition and metabolism.

Salem Stanley, President & Founder of Vacation Races

Salem is the president and founder of Vacation Races. His company produces 12 events including 5K's, Half Marathons, and Ultra distances, each year at the top national parks throughout the country. Salem is also a co-founder of Great Outdoors Composting Portable Toilets, which focuses on zero-landfill efforts and developing portable composting toilet technology for Vacation Races and other events.

Trail Runner Panelists

Max King, trail and ultra legend

Max is a living legend in the world of trail and ultra running and brings a massive amount of experience and enthusiasm to all of his projects. Max has prided himself on being able to run anything. Anything from 3k steeple to obstacle courses to 100-mile ultras. There is fun in just being on two legs and going fast or climbing mountains. Put simply, Max lives and breathes running – whether that's racing, training or helping runners of all ages with his wealth of knowledge.

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.

Tayte Pollmann, Nike elite athlete & ATRA

Elite mountain and trail runner sponsored by the Nike Trail Team. 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 and Nike from his travels across the United States and overseas.

Paulette Odenthal, RRCA MN State 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 working on development of new MN trail run for 2019.

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
Stephanie Davies, RRCA State Rep & RD
Stephanie is an RRCA State Rep, RRCA certified RD and coach, Assistant RD for Mermaid Series, RD for The Belmont Water Dog Run, and a board member of the IWRL, Stephanie promotes women’s involvement in running by recognizing the core constituent group and their needs.

Frank D. Dumont, MD, FACP Internal Medicine Physician and Medical Director of Wellness

Dr. Dumont believes that excellent health can often be achieved naturally, without resorting to medications or procedures. For those who are healthy and athletic, modern analysis and science can be used to improve overall health and performance. He has special interests in high altitude medicine as well as athletic nutrition and metabolism.