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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Trail Runner Panelists

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

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.