Years Running: 1998 – now
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
Running History: Raced competitively in high school & college to now post-collegiately. I’ve raced everything from the mile to the marathon but cross country is my first love.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 50-70
Favorite Run: I love the”11 Miles to Paradise” trail race. It was one of my first trail runs in Montana after moving here in 2006. I’ve used it as a long run before my first marathon (running out and back), we run it every year for Easter, and my brother from Washington, DC came out and ran it with me
Favorite local route: North Hills trails
Favorite shoe: It changes all of the time. Right now, I’m loving the Brooks Levitate 2
Favorite piece of apparel: The Brooks Hideout Jacket. It’s a lightweight, weather resistant, and keeps you warm in cold & windy weather.
Trail or road: Love both but run on the road more.
Running accessory you can’t live without: The Nathan Hipster. You can fit just about anything in this belt when you run. The best part? You can’t even tell it’s there when it is on.
Special talent: I’m great at eating anything peanut butter chocolate
Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Years Running: Most my life. Had a curfew when I was young – the faster I ran the longer I could stay out.
Hometown: Duluth, MN. Last 40 years in Sanders County, Montana
Best running memory: The first time my son beat me (Anders) – Buttercup Run in Arlee 1994. I did get my revenge 20 years later – New York Marathon!!!
Trail or road: Running is a great way to explore new country – especially the mountains.
Running Accessory you can’t live without: A running hat.
Special talent: Getting lost.
Favorite Quote: “I’d rather be in the middle of nowhere than any city on earth” – Steve McQueen
Years running: 10
Hometown: Litchfield, MN/Missoula, MT
Running History: I ran track in high school and took a long break and came back to get healthy, meet people and get a new job.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: Anywhere from 20-40, but it depends on life and what it has to offer each week.
Favorite race: Tough question, I have been lucky enough to do some amazing races in amazing places, but the Missoula Marathon (1/2 and full) are my favorite because I get to run with family, friends and it is beautiful! Eleven Miles to Paradise also has a soft spot in my heart!
Favorite local route: I can’t say I have a favorite, I am an equal opportunity runner. If there is a friend, my dog or a view, I love it.
Best running memory: This is a tough one…Boston, Dublin, Moab, Grand Canyon, watching my mom finish a half marathon after lung cancer, running Missoula Half with my daughter, all of the old and new friends met while running. The list could go on forever.
Favorite shoe all time: Pearl Izumi Trail N2 (currently) and I still have my very first “real running shoe”, the Brooks Adrenaline.
Favorite current piece of apparel: Nike Lux crops and tights. Extra spandex does wonders for me!
Trail or road: Trail. Its always an adventure!
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Colleen Smith, my sunglasses with built in cheaters so I can see my Garmin and my hands free dog leash.
Special talent: Nothing special here, but I do give most things a good try.
Favorite Quote: “You have to be a runner. You don’t have to be good at it or love it, but you do have to do it.” – Anders Brooker
Years running: 18
Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ
Running History: My mom made me go to the first few days of cross country practice in high school so I could “get in shape for basketball.” Really, I think she wanted me to have more friends. I got in shape, and more friends, and have been running since then.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 30-70
Favorite race: Mount Taylor Winter Quadrathlon (bike-run-ski-snowshoe-ski-run-bike), Grants, NM
Favorite local route: Stuart Peak Trail to Mosquito Peak
Best running memory: My first 17 mile long run was outside Sheffield, England. I ran out of the city towards an old Roman fort as storms blew in over the Peak District. It felt like I was running into a stereotypical Medieval movie and I didn’t want to turn back.
Favorite shoe all time: Saucony Xodus Iso.
Favorite current piece of apparel: lululemon Metal Vent Tech LS
Trail or road: Mountain where the trail ends.
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Garmin
Special talent: I can reach the high up shoes in the shoe room.
Favorite Quote: “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” -Groucho Marx
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Running History: One day I decided to join cross country in 8th grade. I hated it because it felt so hard, but once my coach asked if I would be coming back the next year, I couldn’t say no… I continued running high school and then in college and will hopefully run the rest of my life!
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 60-70
Favorite Race: How do you pick just one?! From high school to now, every race I’ve got to compete in with my family of teammates.
Favorite local route: Running to and through the Rattlesnake from my house
Best running memory: When my husband, Eric, and I ran our first half marathon
together (Missoula Half Marathon)
Favorite shoe all time: Right now, the New Balance 1080! But I can always count on the Nike Pegasus
Favorite piece of apparel: Whatever Vicky tells me I should buy because she
knows it best!!
Trail or road: Road Trails are fun too
Running accessory you can’t live without: My Garmin watch!
Special talent: I can touch my tongue to my nose
Favorite Quote: “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller
Running History: I have been running since I was on a club team called the “Road Runners” in elementary school. I continued to run more competitively for both track and cross country in high school. Presently, looking forward to challenging myself outside of my normal running and racing comfort zones.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 20-40 miles
Favorite race: Mountain to Meadow
Favorite local route: I enjoy running the trails at Blue Mountain, Water Works and Pattee Canyon here in Missoula.
Best running memory: My best running memories are training and jogging with my dad when I was younger.
Favorite shoe all time: Pearl Izumi Trail or I currently love the Nike Wildhorse
Favorite current piece of apparel: North Face Fleece Tights
Trail or road: Trail
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Any watch
Special talent: I can dance to country swing or two-step.
Favorite Quote: “We can do things that are greater than ourselves. If you believe nothing exists beyond a certain boundary, then you will never test the veracity of that belief and you will never discover new possibilities….Maybe there are truly extraordinary people out there, but I’m not one of them. The most extraordinary acts are accomplished by ordinary people doing something a little extra and stepping outside their personal comfort zone.” -Juliana Buhring in This Road I Ride
Years Running: 10 years
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 5-30
Favorite race: Oh man, it’s either the Rut 50k or the Hootenanny 100k
Favorite local route: Getting up on Waterworks and Jumbo
Best running memory: Running a great last lap at the Hootenanny with my buddy Nico!
Favorite shoe all time: New Balance Zante
Favorite current piece of apparel: Brooks Cascadia Shorts
Trail or road: Trails baby!
Running Accessory you can’t live without: My super cool orange and blue darn tough socks
Special talent: I’m really good at singing “The Boys are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy
Favorite Quote: “ Blood, Sweat and Respect. … ” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Running History: Been running most of my life, always used it to train for soccer, now I just do it because I love it.
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: Due to my training being split between
swimming, biking and running, my mileage tends to be around 100 miles. Running takes about 20-30 of those miles.
Favorite race: Mount Jumbo Elk Ramble!!!!! My very first trail race I ever competed in. Now it is a race I look forward to every year.
Favorite local route: I love running Woods Gulch
Best running memory: Having my dad run the last mile of my first full marathon with me. It was a big moment coming out of two serious surgeries and making it my goal to run that race. Made it even more special to have my dad share that memory with me as we crossed the finish line.
Favorite shoe all time: I’ll get laughs for it but the Saucony Hurricane has been the shoe for me for a long time!
Favorite current piece of apparel: My Oiselle flyout baselayer! It’s lightweight, warm and it looks cute.
Trail or road: Both have my heart!
Running Accessory you can’t live without: Does my dog, Maxwell, count? 😉
Special talent: I can confidently quote the movie “Elf” word to word
Favorite Quote: “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” – Janis Joplin
Running History: Started in middle school in 2005 when I broke the world record for fastest mile of all time. 3:31.67
How many miles to run/walk in an ideal week: 40ish
Favorite race: The Snowbowl 15K. Got my butt kicked by this race and can’t wait to go back and have it kick my butt again!
Favorite local route: Anything up Sawmill Gulch is my go to. It feels like I’m in a running magazine shoot. It’s so pretty up there!
Best running memory: One time I did an entire run without asking myself why I do this to myself. That was pretty neat!
Favorite shoe all time: My custom neon purple and neon red sprinting spikes from high school!
Favorite current piece of apparel: My Smartwool Smartloft 60 Jacket! It’s the perfect blend of warmth and breathe-ability! Plus it’s not too warm so when it’s very cold outside I have a great excuse not to go out!
Trail or road: Trail. Always. No one can hear my screams of pain and soft weeping that is a constant while I run.
Running Accessory you can’t live without: My running vest! I love to feel like I’m going on some grand adventure even though I’m only putting in 6 miles today.
Special talent: I have a beautiful ability to lose every raffle I’ve ever entered no matter how many tickets I bought.
Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”-Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott” – Alex Tait
Years Running: As long as I can remember
Hometown: Plains, MT
Miles run per week: 0-50
Favorite race: I can’t choose between Bloomsday, the John Colter Run, and Evaro Mountain Challenge. These events were an annual tradition for my dad and me growing up.
Favorite local route: Spring Gulch in the Rattlesnake
Running memory: The 3200m race at the Montana State Track Meet in 2013. I was lucky enough to coach 5 athletes that made State Track in the 3200m that spring. They all had a great day including Paige Gilchrist who won the girls race and Adam Peterman who the boys race. Adam also set an All Class State Record. We had a fun night celebrating with my wife, Meg, coaches, and friends!
Favorite Shoe of All time: This is an easy one. The Brooks Launch.
Current favorite apparel piece: SAXX underwear
Trail or road: Cross Country
Favorite accessory: The Garmin Fenix lets me know how slow I am running
Talent: Laser tag
Quote: “Go fast and take chances”
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