I was introduced to the running world when my parents bribed me with $5 to run a mile around the development where we lived. By the time I was finished they owed me $10.
I ran cross country and track in high school, which continued through college. My college running career concluded with 10 NCAA D3 All-American recognitions, one being a NCAA D3 Champion in the Indoor 1500.
After college, I moved to Colorado Springs to work with the United States Olympic Training Committee. I met Nancy Hobbs, President of ATRA (American Trail Running Association)…who hooked me on trail running after a few excursions on Pike’s Peak.
I knew I was meant to be in the mountains because of how natural it felt, and how one hour felt like 5 minutes. I could spend all day playing up high in the trees, entertaining myself with the flora and fauna while being serenaded by the birds and the wind.
Before I could realize what was happening, I signed up for my first trail race. My competitive spirit was sure to transfer from road to trail...whether I planned on it or not.
I've been trail racing and playing in the mountains since 2007, and don't see that subsiding anytime soon. Thanks to the support I've received from my family, friends, and sponsors, I'm able to keep on living my dream.
I currently live in Boulder, Co and work as the Athlete and Event Manager at both Vasque and Ultimate Direction. When I'm not typing emails...well, I guess you know where you can find me!