I’m continuing my 25-year love affair with the Leadville Race Series and the Leadville community by going for my 14th 100 Run finish this fall. My first finish was in 1998, and in addition to toeing the line, I’ve been a camp attendee, I’ve served as a pacer, and I’ve crewed friends through the night to their finish. I’ve been a high school teacher for 27 years, and I coached cross country running for 24 of those years, so I’ve spent a lot of my life in our amazing mountains and know them quite well. I’m excited to share my experience with our 100 run camp athletes!
In my running career, I have raced every distance from the 1 mile to 100-plus mile ultra-marathons. I began running in middle school and progressed to 5K’s, 10K’s, 1/2 marathons, then on to marathons. I ran my first 50 miler at Sunmart Texas Trail in 1998 (7:35), which prepared me for my first Leadville 100 in 1998 (24:45). I then ran the Badwater 135 ultra-marathon in 1999 and have finished the Leadville Trail 100 Race 13 times.
One of the great joys in my life is helping young runners discover – as the race director for the Leadville Trail 100, Ken Chlouber says – “You are better than you think you are, and can do more than you think you can!”