January 11, 2016

Speakers

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Morgon Latimore, Keynote Speaker

Morgon is a US Marine Corps veteran, author, public speaker, athlete and life coach. He prides himself on building relationships that foster trust, resilience, and happiness as he guides his clients towards their goals and best selves

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.

Jiquanda Nelson, Black Girls Run! Seattle / Tacoma

Jiquanda Nelson uses the same grit from her professional role as CEO of Diversity Window, to elevate the experiences and access of Black and larger-bodied women in the running space as an Ambassador of Black Girls Run! Seattle/Tacoma

Mikah Meyer, Adventurer

Called everything from ``Sexy Travel Guru`` to ``Social Media Warrior,`` adventurer Mikah Meyer has been featured by The Today Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Washington Post. Join this Brooks-sponsored runner for a journey around the globe on foot.

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!

Zachary Friedley, Mendocino Movement

Zachary Friedley is a professional adaptive athlete based in Mendocino, California. In addition to “trail blading” through the redwoods, Zachary is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the trail running community. In 2022, he will be working with his nonprofit, Mendocino Movement, to create opportunities for people of all abilities to better access movement.

Dani Avarich, 2 x Paralympian

Dani is a 2x US Paralympian in the sports of track and field, nordic skiing, and biathlon. Despite being born without her hand, she was a successful athlete growing up and went on to run Division I cross country and track and field for college. Dani discovered trail running this summer by her significant other as she finally had a break from the rigid schedule of track. As part of her disability advocacy work, she hopes to make her newfound passion of trail running accessible to adaptive athletes.

Craig Thornley, WSER 100

Craig is the race director for Western States 100 and the Waldo 100k trail run. He lives in CA, and loves to spend time on mountain trails around the World.

Porter Bratten, Evergreen Trail Runs & Orca Running

Porter started putting on road races in 2011 with Orca Running and when he got the chance to get into trail race production in 2018, he went for it. Porter mostly works behind the scenes on branding, marketing and the website. His favorite trail running experience was doing the Wonderland Trail (in 3 days, let’s not get carried away) with 2 good friends in 2014.

Dakota Jones, Footprints Running Camp

Dakota Jones is a mountain runner from Durango, CO. He has been running trails ever since he spent a night in Colorado’s San Juan mountains at the age of 17, giving out food and water to runners in the Hardrock 100

Jake Fedorowski, NonBinary Running

Jake Fedorowski (they/them) is an advocate for building space for non-binary participants in the running industry. They work with races across the country to bring the solutions in their Guide to Non-Binary Inclusion in Running to life

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.

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.

Paulette Odenthal, RRCA MN State rep

Active as an ambassador in the running industry for three decades as an accomplished runner, race director, coach, volunteer & current committee member for many local races. She is also the MN state representative for Road Runner Club of America. She has completed more than 100 marathons and beyond distances in road & trail running & recently completed a solo R2R2R as a dream challenge adventure.

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.

Hillary Allen, Pro Athlete & Coach

My career as an endurance athlete has not been straightforward. Through injury, setbacks & being told I would never run again, I’ve had to re-think what I consider impossible, as I continued to push myself, believing in my best athletic days ahead. Early in my career, I earned the nickname “Hillygoat” for my love of the uphill & my ability to run fast on steep, technical mountain terrain – a style of running known as Skyrunning. I won the US SkyRunner Series in 2014 in my debut season & since then, I have raced all over the world, racking up wins & course records, establishing myself as one of the best mountain ultra runners in the world.

shannon Woods, Brooks Running

Shannon Woods is the Senior Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Brooks Running and a Board member of the Running Industry Diversity Coalition (RIDC) – an organization that envisions a running industry committed to racial justice where people of color are welcomed, valued, and amplified. Woods finds work within DEI requires perseverance, patience, and most importantly authentic relationships with people – skillsets she’s eager to utilize for positive impact within the running industry and community.

Maria Solis, Latinos Run & Latinas Run

Activist, Speaker & Marathoner, Maria Solis Belizaire is the Founder & CEO of Latinos Run. Founded in NYC, Latinos Run is an International organization that brings together those in the Latino community through running, biking & other forms of exercise.
In 2016, unable to find a group that catered specifically to Latinos, she decided to take action & form the running group Latinos Run in honor of her late mother Miriam Calderon Solis. Soon after she would form a sister group Latinas Run which focuses on Latina Women.

Joe ``Stringbean`` McConaughy, Trail Runner

Joe McConaughy is a trail runner and coach in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in longer ultras and multiday events, including Fastest Known Times on the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail

Rob Palmore, Black Men Run

Rob's been with Black Men Run for over 5 years, currently serving as the Tampa Chapter Captain, partnership development, and trail running ambassador. An avid runner, ultramarathoner, and outdoor enthusiast, Rob seeks to expose more people to healthy outdoor activities.

Sebastian Salsbury, Youth trail runner

Sebastian Salsbury is a 16-year old ultra distance trail runner from Santa Barbara, California who has been running for over half of his life. Sebastian has quite literally grown up immersed in the world and culture of trail running. As word of Sebastian’s journey has spread, he has made it a goal to introduce the sport to young people around the world, and end the stigma that trail running is only for adults.

Jess Lyons, Brooks Running

Jess Lyons laced up in her late teens and has been logging miles ever since. Her enthusiasm for the sport led her to Brooks Running Company where she has played roles in retail marketing, sales, events, and project management. Jess is active in her community and can be found leading group runs and encouraging others to join the sport which has brought her much joy.

François Appéré, Runners for Public Lands

François is the Vice President of Runners for Public Lands' Board of Directors. He joined RPL 3 years ago, shortly after relocating from France to Ventura, California. François is passionate about nature and enjoys spending long days exploring the mountains, running, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, or paragliding. As a digital & civil engineering manager for a global design & consultancy company, he wishes to connect innovation and sustainable practices to protect endangered ecosystems. It's time to give back to nature!

Abram Dickerson, Aspire Adventure Running

Abram is owner/principal at Aspire Adventure Running. He has been planning and executing wilderness adventures for over two decades. Running, climbing, and skiing are expressions of his desire to live a life defined by passion and challenge. He has over 15 years of guiding experience, a love of good food, and a deep respect for the mountains. As a husband, a father, educator, and urban homesteader he attempts to live his life with intention and simplicity. He loves trails and the friendships that result from the suffering and satisfaction of running on them.

Doug Beyerlein, Trail Runner

Doug Beyerlein, age 72, has run everything from 100 meters to 100 miles. He has been trail running for over 40 years and has won three trail national championships. He lives in Mill Creek with his wife Joan, an open water marathon swimmer.

James Boyce, Environmental Economist

James K. Boyce is an author and environmental economist. His most recent books are The Case for Carbon Dividends and Economics for People and the Planet. Website: www.jameskboyce.com

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.

Mathias Eichler, Trail Running Film Festival

Mathias is the creator of the Singletrack podcast, race director of Rock Candy Running, and the new executive producer of the Trail Running Film Festival. His favorite trails are found above tree line and dreaming of standing on a mountain summit is what gets him out of bed before sunrise.

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.

Bart Davis, Terrain Scouts

With a 35-year career in the outdoor and endurance sports industries, including as a retailer, event producer, race director, and runner, Bart is now the co-founder of Terrain Scouts, a new and customizable trails challenge platform adaptable to any activity and location