David started running cross country and track competitively at about age 9. After college, he decided to combine his love of the outdoors and love of running by doing a trail race. After a few good performances, he was signed by the newly formed Nike Trail Team.
Sage is a Mountain-Ultra-Trail Runner who also competes in road marathons. He is a 3-time USATF National Champion (Mountain Running, Trail Marathon, and 100km Trail), and 2-time US Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Marathon (2:16:52 personal best). In 2015 he was 16th place at the Boston Marathon.
I fell in love with the trail community, and the opportunities the races brought to explore the world around me. I also learned that my competitiveness and speed were good enough to make me a standout in the trail community; and in January 2014, I signed with Nike.
Jason Schlarb is a full-time professional mountain runner and Dad who lives in a log cabin at 8,000ft in the San Juan mountains outside of Durango Colorado with his partner Meredith June Edwards.
Cody was a walk-on athlete for the NAU cross country and track team from 2010 to 2015. The mountains, forests, high altitude, and running trails are what attracted him to Flagstaff when choosing a college to attend. During his time at NAU he studied mechanical engineering and primarily competed in the steeplechase and 5k. Now that his collegiate running career is over, he’s turned to competing in trail ultramarathons with fellow TRF pro Jim Walmsley.
Kelly discovered the sport of trail running in 2015 after returning to the States from a 2 month rock climbing adventure in Europe, looking for something new to refresh from the trip. Trail Running soon meant Ultra Running for her and she was hooked, amazed that she could explore so much of a landscape in single efforts.
Meredith June Edwards
Meredith is a mountain endurance athlete. She is a Pennsylvania native who has spent the last 10 years living in Jackson, WY. Edwards has recently moved to Durango CO to train full time as a professional athlete with partner Jason Schlarb
David is the 2014 USATF Trail Runner of the Year at the sub-ultra distance. He is a 2-time national champion and 3-time member of Team USA. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Science and received a master's degree and law degree from Duke University
Megan initially fell in love with running as an over-energized four year old who loved to run laps around the neighborhood for fun. She played field hockey collegiately and then returned to her running roots by taking an extra year to run track at Duke. While on the track, she kept eyeing her best friend’s (then boyfriend’s, then husband’s) pursuits on the trail.
Patrycja is the world record holder for 24 hours. She ran 256.246 km* (159.223 miles) beating Japan's Mami Kudo previously held a record of 255.303 km (158.637 miles) set in 2011.
Denise “Tiny d” Bourassa
Canadian Ultramarathon runner, vegan, mountain lover and health-nut who is passionate about running, and about being out on the trails every day.
Becki is a road runner successfully competing in races ranging from 5K to marathon. She currently lives in Hilliard, Ohio, and trains for her next big goal, Marathon Olympic Trials.
She has turned into Spring because of her constant GI problems during training and racing. Once she started using Spring products, she finally was able to focus exclusively on running without being worry about her stomach.
Mark started running after his successful college and post-collegiate soccer career came to an end. Prior to 2018, he found success at sub-ultra distance trail racing. While still relatively inexperienced in the sport, Mark Bottenhorn burst onto the ultra running scene with a 3: 34 course record in his Ultra Running debut at the Hellcat 50k in January of 2018.
Mario Fraioli is a Bay Area-based running coach who has guided athletes to personal bests, Boston Marathon qualifying times, national championship wins, Olympic Trials appearances, international podiums, world championship teams, national records, and even the Olympic Games. He's the former senior editor at Competitor magazine
Yassine has been racing at a consistent and high level in the ultra running scene, competing in many races of different lengths and difficulty around the world. Some highlights include: 3x Western States 100 (once in the top ten), 3x HURT 100 (once in the top 3), UTMB (top 100), represented the USA in the IAU World Trail Championships in 2015, and many more. He attributes this long time consistency and performance in the sport to good health and nutrition
Fiona Hayvice is a talented self-taught ultrarunner from New Zealand. Despite relatively short competitive career, she has a long list of significant achievements including a win at the Tarawera Ultra 102K. Fiona also placed multiple times top 5 in highly competitive ultra races. In 2017, she ran very strong at the Western State 100 and placed 5th.
Once upon a time professional triathlete and 2x Ironman Champion. A year after stepping away from triathlon the trails called my name. I fell in love with exploring my Big Island home and going places only my legs could carry me. 2017 was my season of roots & rocks…landing me a spot on the start list for the HURT100 in January 2018.
Johnny is an OCR athlete who also enjoys trail and mountain running. He grew up playing soccer at a competitive level. In college, he played for the San Jose Earthquakes and later was recruited to play for California State San Bernardino division 2 team. When taking a break from soccer, he decided to try obstacle courses racing. He was imminently attracted to OCR and since then he has been very successful.