January 11, 2016

Speakers

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Trail Race Director Panelists

Billy Mills, Running Strong for American Indian Youth

Billy was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, & is the only American to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the 10k meter race (1964 Olympics, Tokyo) & since has dedicated his life to serving Native American communities.

Chanmila Win, Mother Earth Half Marathon Trail Run

Chanmila Win comes from the Ihankthunwan Nakota Nation. Chanmila is the founder/race director of the Mother Earth Half Marathon Trail Run (2013-2017). Chanmila Win is deeply-rooted in her cultural Ways of Life & belief in the natural medicines from Mother Earth for endurance & strength through the cycle of Life.

Maria Solis, Latinos Run

Maria is the founder of Latinos Run, a way to combine her passion for running and her desire to see a healthy and robust Latino community. Latinos Run hosts free weekly runs in New York City and pop up runs in other cities across the country, and also internationally, as well as health and fitness events.

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.

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.

Bruce Rayner, Athletes for a Fit Planet

Bruce Rayner is Chief Green Officer of Athletes for a FitPlanet, which he launched in 2008 to provide sustainability consulting and onsite support to races and events, both big and small. Bruce pretty much only runs trails these days, which he accesses from his back door in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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

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.

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.

Zoe Rom, Assistant Editor, Trail Runner Magazine

Zoë Rom is Assistant Editor at Trail Runner magazine. She fell in love with the mountains on Colorado’s Front Range through trail running, climbing & mountaineering while pursuing a masters degree in environmental journalism at CU in Boulder. Her runs are fueled by podcasts and vegan pizza. Her work has appeared on NPR, Outside, Threshold Podcast, and Trail Runner.

Adam Morrow, Race Roster

Adam has been solving Race Director problems with Race Roster for over two years & can be found on Race Roster’s social media feeds as the guy who had to stand in front of the camera for the first 3 marketing videos. Outside of work Adam cycles, starts home renovations, & enjoys the cottage.

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.

Luis Escobar, Spartan Trail

Photographer, Ultrarunner, Race Director. 11 time HURT 100 Finisher / 5 time Badwater 135 & 8 time WS100 finisher / Luis has made a life around distance running. He has run with the Tarahumara, who run as a way of life, and with homeless people using running to get “back on their feet.”

Charlie Engle, Spartan Trail

Writer, Runner, Recovering Addict and Keynote Speaker. Once accidentally signed up for a 52K instead of a 5K - then found his calling. Charlie’s most well-known feat was chronicled in the 2007 documentary “Running the Sahara,” where Engle and two buddies covered the entire length of the desert in 111 days.

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.

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

Ryan Montgomery, gay professional ultra-trail runner

Ryan is a gay professional ultra-trail runner based in San Francisco. Sponsored by Suunto, he has an extensive race history including Badwater 135, Wasatch Front 100, Lake Sonoma 50, and more. He’s a nut butter & IPA lover who's always looking for the next adventure.

Kenny Wilcox, Youth Program Co-ordinator

Kenny and his wife Sara have lived in Salida, Colorado since 2002, & have 4 boys. Kenny works for Chaffee County's Mentoring Program & is in the middle of coaching his 14th year of xc at Salida High School. For the past three years, Kenny has served as race director for the National High School Trail Running Championships.

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.

Vic Thasiah, Runners for Public Lands

Vic is the founder & executive director of Runners for Public Lands – a runner-led, grassroots environmental organization; he runs the Los Padres National Forest & the Santa Monica Mountains; & lives with his wife and two daughters in Ventura, California.

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.

Jeff Jackson - Happy Planet Running

Jeff discovered trail running at age 50 and has since run ultras up to 150 miles. In 2017 he founded Happy Planet Running, providing affordable Zero Waste services for small to medium-sized athletic events.

Reid Delman, Gemini Adventures

Reid is the owner of Gemini Events and lives in Boulder with his wife, Michele, and two daughters (the twins in the Gemini name). As a self proclaimed “untalented athlete” he’s always looking for the next great challenge and opportunity to push his limits. Reid continues to create his own adventures and loves bringing these to others.

Jayme Mechure, Junction Marketing

A veteran marketer, Jayme has been working in the outdoor & endurance communities for almost 20 years. Specializing in crafting & amplifying individual brand stories her company, Junction Marketing, was born in 2016. A recent transplant from California to Colorado, she is a trail runner, yogi, coffee aficionado & Fall enthusiast.

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.

Kelsey Banaszynski, High Lonesome 100

Kelsey is the co-owner and operations director for the High Lonesome 100. When she’s not organizing races, she’s running; when she’s not running, she’s eating cheese.

Megan Finnesy, Dirty Thirty

Megan's whole mission with Dirty 30 is to challenge people to find new boundaries, set new limits, and do things that they didn’t think possible. And to bring together community. Everything I do pretty much aligns with those goals!

Glen Delman, Professional Photographer

Glen provides sports marketing and advertising photography for many different outdoor events, including for LIfeTime Fitness, Boulder Running Company, and Gemini Adventures.

Aaron Saft, Foot RX Running

Aaron owns a running store, FootRx, in Asheville, NC, and is Race Director for series of races centered around the store. Aaron is an amazing trail runner, has been highly successful in growing his trail running community, has a humble heart, and is one of those folks that would do just about anything for you.

Trail Runner Panelists

Kriste Peoples, Founder, Black Women's Alliance

Kriste is a trail runner and coach, outdoor enthusiast, & founding & immediate past leader of Outdoor Afro. She is also founder of Black Women’s Alliance, which promotes sisterhood & wellness through outdoor activities, workshops, & retreats. She’s a brilliant mind, inspiring speaker, & passionate leader.

Maria Solis, Latinos Run

Maria is the founder of Latinos Run, a way to combine her passion for running and her desire to see a healthy and robust Latino community. Latinos Run hosts free weekly runs in New York City and pop up runs in other cities across the country, and also internationally, as well as health and fitness events.

Joe Gray, Elite trail & mountain runner - photo credit B Metzler

Joe was 2016 World Mountain Running Champion, 2017 World Snowshoe Running Champion, 4 time Xterra World Trail Running Champion, and 16 time USA National Champion. He was also the first African American runner to become US Mountain Running Champion.

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.

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.

Ryan Montgomery, gay professional ultra-trail runner

Ryan is a gay professional ultra-trail runner based in San Francisco. Sponsored by Suunto, he has an extensive race history including Badwater 135, Wasatch Front 100, Lake Sonoma 50, and more. He’s a nut butter & IPA lover who's always looking for the next adventure.

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.

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

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.

Sage Canaday, HOKA One One Athlete

Sage has been distance running competitively for 22 years. He co-founded SageRunning with his partner Sandi Nypaver to help empower athletes running events from 5km to 100-miles. Most recently he was 2nd place at the Pikes Peak Marathon

Vic Thasiah, Runners for Public Lands

Vic is the founder & executive director of Runners for Public Lands – a runner-led, grassroots environmental organization; he runs the Los Padres National Forest & the Santa Monica Mountains; & lives with his wife and two daughters in Ventura, California.

Jason Fitzgerald, Strength Running

Jason is the host of the Strength Running Podcast & the founder of Strength Running, an award-winning blog with hundreds of thousands of monthly readers. A 2:39 marathoner & USATF-certified coach, he’s coached thousands of endurance athletes to faster finishing times & fewer injuries with his results-oriented coaching philosophy.

Dina Griffin, The Nutrition Mechanic

Dina is the owner of The Nutrition Mechanic, a performance nutrition consulting company based out of Boulder, Colorado. Dina is a Board Certified Sport Dietitian & Registered Dietitian working to optimize & elevate the health and performance of all abilities of endurance athletes.

Kelly Newlon, RAD Boulder

RAD creates delicious performance oriented food & brings it to you. We 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. We use locally grown, organic produce & protein. If you are lucky enough to live in Boulder, CO you can order individual meals from RAD via this website.

Bob McCready, Empowered environmental steward

Bob has spent the last 30 years working in the environmental field for The Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation & others. He is a dedicated trail runner & runs in Colorado Rockies & beyond with his wife and friends. He is passionate about the power of individual citizens have to impact environmental policy & believes that the trail running community represents a largely untapped resource to impact public lands policy.

Silke Koester

Silke lives in Boulder, Colorado where she co-founded the local trail running club, the Rocky Mountain Runners. She has over a dozen years of trail/ultra running experience and not a single DNF on her record. When not on the trails, Silke works full-time in the educational non-profit world.

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.

Ray Nypaver, Sage Running & Wanderlust Counseling

Ray is a coach for Sage Running and owner of Wanderlust Counseling.
She volunteers for Girls on the Run at Estes Park Elementary school.
In her spare time, you'll find her playing in the mountains with her dog, Pacer.

Sandi Nypaver, Sage Running

Sandi is a USATF & Lydiard certified coach and elite runner. She has won or been on the podium of races ranging from a 5k road race to 100 mile trail races. She’s also a graduate of Cornell’s Plant Based Nutrition program & has had a passion for health, fitness, & helping others reach their goals for her entire life.

Caolan McMahon, Long Run Coaching

Founder of The Long Run Coaching focusing on 1:1 highly individualized coaching for runners of all abilities & Women Who Run The World, an international, virtual running community. She is an IAAF L5/USAFT L3 Elite Coach in Endurance, & Youth Specialization, USATF Coaching Education Instructor, Lydiard & RRCA certified, middle school XC/T&F coach, & former Philosophy Professor.

Kevin Webber, Four Points Bars

Kevin Webber is the Co-Founder of Fourpoints Slow-Burn Energy Bar. An avid outdoor enthusiast, mountain climber, and former sports nutritionist, he's on a mission to educate on healthy blood sugar, dispel dietary myths, promote outdoor adventure and protect public lands.