Previously from: Pacific Northwest- a beautiful, green, and wet little running community in the Willamette Valley- formally known as Corvallis, Oregon.
Personal Motto/Inspiration: ‘And all for love, and nothing for reward,’ has certainly been my recent favorite. Crucial and applicable to many runs, be they inspiring or a struggle. Also, ‘What goes up must come down,’ is often repeated during hilly races!
How long have you been a runner? I began running cross country at Corvallis High School in 2005, and absolutely fell in love with the sport. Growing up in Corvallis, I was privileged to live in a place surrounded by beautiful countryside and densely forested hills with trails encircling the entire community. My parents instilled in me a fondness for nature and time on the trails, so trail running was a natural transition, as it allowed me to grow as an athlete amid the forests that I so deeply appreciated. My high school running coach, Meghan Arbogast, is a decorated and inspiring ultra-runner, and was hugely influential in introducing me to long-distance trail running. Attracted to the recreational opportunities, I moved to Colorado for college. I took several years off running, but upon moving to Golden, I found myself once again relishing in long trail runs throughout JeffCo open space. I ran my first marathon in 2013 and haven’t stopped since!
Happiest running moment: Finishing the Dirty 30 2014 at Golden Gate Canyon State Park! My first 50K, it was a beautiful course filled with hills and Aspens and tons of friends! I cannot describe the elation of finishing a tough race directly into the smiles of running pals and good beer in summertime Colorado woods!
Proudest running accomplishment: Quite honestly, I am proud of setting the school record for the 5K back in high school, and representing Oregon at the Nike BorderClash race. Still living in the ol’ Glory Days!
Favorite local running route: White Ranch Park in Golden! Belcher Hill trail–Whippletree–Longhorn–Rawhide–Sawmill–Belcher Hill… Always see a Mountain Bluebird! Favorite distance: 26.2 trail so far! 26.2 road… not so much!
Favorite race: Dirty 30 If you could lace up your shoes and go for a run anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? British Columbia! I want big canopies, big mountains, big oceans, big slugs!
Dreams:To be happy, active, loving, and loved.
When I’m not running I’m… Cooking, sippin’ wine, skiing, or enjoyin’ the Colorado sun with loved ones!
Uphills or Downhills? Downhills all day err day!! I lov’em now– ask me again when I’m a little older…
Favorite post-run beer: New Belgium Sunshine wheat with an orange!
I am a Rocky Mountain Runner because… What better way to enjoy a trail than with other green-clad, beer-thirsty, short-shorts-wearin crazies!? The weridos are the most inspiring, and this crew will not disappoint! 🙂
Final words of wisdom: Don’t forget to look up!