Ultra Trail Runner

Website: http://larisadannis.wordpress.com

Favorite Beer (or wine): Good craft ciders

Best thing about VFuel: Incredible, consistent, delicious energy that keeps my stomach happy and my legs running strong.

My journey into the running world was somewhat unconventional. Although I dabbled in team sports in high school, I was never very active as a kid. Upon starting my first office job back in 2007, I became especially sedentary. As my weight started to creep up, I knew I had to do something to improve my fitness. Many of my warmest childhood memories center around the White Mountain Region, where every summer my Dad would take me on a birthday hike up some of New Hampshire’s tallest peaks. The decision to take up hiking as an adult seemed almost instinctive. It was as if the mountains I loved so deeply as a child were calling me back.

What began as a goal to simply get in shape led to my discovery of the White Mountain 4,000-footers. Suddenly, I found myself filled with an urge to stand atop all 48 of New Hampshire’s tallest peaks. First, in any season. Then, in a single winter season. And ultimately in consecutive calendar seasons. As my peakbagging obsession grew, I started to put together longer and more challenging routes in the mountains. The transition from hiking to running was very natural for me. I soon learned that I could travel even faster by jogging the downhills, then the flats, and, in time, some of the uphills. Upon discovering ultrarunning in 2009, I suddenly found my calling. Trail ultramarathons are still my passion and primary focus, but I did unexpectedly discover a love for road marathoning this past year. My long-term goal is to qualify for the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.


Hometown: Born in NYC, raised in London, and currently living in Mill Valley, CA.

Guilty Pleasure: Food Network (can’t get enough Chopped) and raw chocolate

Other Hobbies: Snowshoeing, photography, graphic design, traveling, backpacking, sleeping, and gluten free cooking

Pet’s name: Toby aka. “Paws of Steel” – the best trail companion a gal could ask for!

Favorite recovery meal:
Avocado stuffed burger followed by homemade bacon maple ice cream

Favorite trail running memory: Running the last 6.5 miles of the 2014 Western States Endurance Run with my sister by my side.







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