Ultra Trail Runner
Favorite Beer: St. Bernardus Abt 12
Best thing about VFuel: It really works with my finicky stomach. Best flavor: Chocolate Fudge Brownie! I could eat it for desert!!!
I ran as a kid, but my running career really started in earnest in 2002. A friend called and asked if I would run the San Francisco Half Marathon with her. My response, “Are you high? I’m not a runner!” A week later (having gone out and bought a pair of running shoes), I ran my first half marathon. It wasn’t particularly fast, but I felt like I had really accomplished something!
Two days later, I saw a documentary about the Western States 100 on television and I was transfixed. The next morning, I tried to sign up, only to find out that they required a 50 mile qualifier. 10 weeks later, I ran my first 50 miler, the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 and immediately put my name into the lottery. Miraculously, my name was drawn and 11 months (to the day) later, I ran (and finished) the 2003 Western States 100 Endurance Run.
Perhaps more important than finishing my first 100, Western States is where I met my wife, 4x Western States runner-up, Emma Winfield. Having a spouse that shares my passion for the trails keeps me both inspired and grounded. From her, I learned the joy of running for the sake of running (rather than as training to race).
I love to race! Trail or road, pin a number on me, shoot a gun and it’s “game on”! I seem to excel at the 50K and 50 mile distances, but I’m still trying to nail down this 100 miler thing (I expect to be chipping away this for many years to come). As a master’s runner, I love the fact that I am continuing to get faster, even as I get older. Distance is a great equalizer!
I have 4 fantastic step-kids (Huw, Kyle, Anna and Evan), 3 dogs (Snoop, George and Molly) and one cat (Frisk). Our home is never a dull place!
I have been experimenting with nutrition for many years and I am so happy to have found VFuel. It delivers a smooth release of energy (without spikes) and it really works well with my picky stomach. At least as importantly to me, it tastes FANTASTIC! As I have continued to improve, VFuel has been a vital part of my training and race-day nutrition program.
Hometown: Pleasant Hill, CA
Guilty Pleasure: Red Vines
Other Hobbies: Watching luge, knitting scarves and whittling
Best recovery meal: Vegan pizza with Kalamata olives!!!
Favorite trail running memory: Crossing the finish line at the 2003 Western States 100. That moment changed my life!
#1 Race Goal for 2015: Run with joy! (#2 race goal, finish well at the Eiger Ultra Trail 101K in Switzerland)
2015 Race Schedule:
- March Oakland Marathon (pace group leader)
- April Lake Sonoma 50
- May Miwok 100K
- June Western States 100 (Pacing)
- July Eiger Ultra Trail 101K (Switzerland)
- August Skyline 50K
- September The Rut 50K (tentative)
- October Dick Collins Firetrails 50 (tentative)
- December North Face Endurance Challenge 50 (tentative)
Past Race Highlights:
2002 Dick Collins Firetrails 50
2003 Western States 100
2004 Vermont 100
2011 Norcal Half Marathon (9th)
2011 Toronto Waterfront Marathon
2011 World Masters Track and Field Championships 10,000M (15th)
2013 Headlands 50 Miler (7th)
2014 American River 50 (24th)
Mokelumne River 50K (3rd)
Cascade Crest 100