January 11, 2016

Speakers

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Trail Race Director Panelists

Zoë Rom, Assistant Editor, Trail Runner Magazine

Zoë Rom is Assistant Editor 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.

Kilian Jornet, trail & mountain runner

“I have been climbing mountains and crossing glaciers my whole life, and I could observe how the effects of the climate change have been devastating. We all have a role in reversing this tendency and ensure that the next generations are able not only to play in the mountains but to live in a healthy planet. My foundation is aiming to work for the protection of these regions and its role in the planet health.``

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

Amber Ebbrecht, Environmental Educator

Amber Ebbrecht is an Environmental Educator with 11 years of formal and informal teaching experience. She is a Fayetteville, Arkansas native, avid trail runner, and innately driven educator who is passionate about providing meaningful and measurable experiential opportunities in nature.

Josue Stephens, Spartan Trail

Josue is the Director of Product Management for Spartan and has been with Spartan since 2012. Josue has served as International Race Director for Spartan in over 12 countries and Regional Business Director for Latin America and Canada.

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.

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.

Susan Kendrick, Birkebeiner Ski Foundation

Susan is Director of Sponsorship for the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. Its events include the “Birkie” international ski marathon the Birkie Trail Run Festival, & the USATF national half marathon trail championship. She creates event experiences that connect sponsors & participants. Susan is an advisor to the ATRA board of directors.

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.

Phillip Shepard, Marketing Hero

Phillip is the owner of the digital agency named “Marketing Hero”. In 2010 Phillip began helping small businesses develop marketing strategies starting with Google Adwords & then later focused directly on the Facebook/Instagram Ad Platform. When not running around Mount Kessler you can find him tinkering with technology or taste-testing the newest peanut butter to hit the market.

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.

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.

Hayley Pollack, Aravaipa Running

Hayley Pollack is President of Aravaipa Running, one of the largest producers of Trail & Ultra Running events in North America, hosting over 40 races each year. She is also a member of the USATF Mountain, Ultra, Trail Executive Committee.

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.

Phil Penny, Rogue Trails

Phil has over 25 years as an environmental science consultant. Prior work partners include State Game & Fish, Core of Engineers, State Parks, as well many large Company's defining endangered species, sensitive areas, & stream restoration/naturalization. Founded Rogue Trails in 2015.

Heather Ellzey, Environmental Educator

Heather Ellzey is the Environmental Educator for the City of Fayetteville. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Political Science and has a certificate in business sustainability from the University of Cambridge. She moved here in 2016 from Denver, turned in her snowboard for a MTB & has enjoyed getting to explore the trails of Northwest Arkansas with her 6 year old son, Ethan.

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.

Steven Aderholt, Freelance Race Consultant

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.

Trail Runner Panelists

Kilian Jornet, trail & mountain runner

“I have been climbing mountains and crossing glaciers my whole life, and I could observe how the effects of the climate change have been devastating. We all have a role in reversing this tendency and ensure that the next generations are able not only to play in the mountains but to live in a healthy planet. My foundation is aiming to work for the protection of these regions and its role in the planet health.``

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

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.

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.

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.

Brannon Pack, Experience Fayetteville

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

Mary Dean, Achilles AR

Mary is an Occupational Therapist with a passion for promoting inclusion for people with disabilities. While working in New York City, she came across Achilles International, a non-profit running group for people with disabilities. She was involved with Achilles in her 5 years of living in NYC, including guiding blind athletes to complete marathons and half marathons. After moving back to her roots in NWA, she knew she wanted to start an Achilles chapter here. Achilles International - Arkansas started in 2019 & has had over 25 athletes with a disability join and complete their first races including 5K, 10K, Trail Run 15K, and Half Marathon! When not running with Achilles or on her own, she is probably running after her 2 year old toddler!

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!