Sage is a Mountain-Ultra-Trail Runner who also competes in road marathons. He is a 3-time USATF National Champion (Mountain Running, Trail Marathon and 100km Trail),
and 2-time US Olympic Trials Qualifier in the Marathon (2:16:52 personal best). In 2015 he was 16th place at the Boston Marathon.
In 2012 Sage started running longer ultra-trail races and fell in love with the unique challenges of such events. Some of his top performances on the trail include winning the Speedgoat 50km, three times, setting the course record at the White River 50-miler, winning The North Face 50-mile Endurance Challenge in San Francisco, and winning the Tarawera 100km in New Zealand twice. Heading into the 2017 season, Sage would like to tackle more 100-mile events, with his top goal of competing for the win at races like UTMB and the Western States 100 in the years to come.
Originally from Oregon, Sage now lives and trains in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado where he co-coaches at SageRunning.com with his girlfriend Sandi.
Patrycja set up in 2017 the new world record for 24 hours running. She ran 256.246 km* (159.223 miles) beating Japan’s Mami Kudo previous record of 255.303 km (158.637 miles) set in 2011.
She is also 2016 Polish champion and European Vice-Champion, and a record holder for the 100K.
Patrycja competes at distances ranging from half marathon to 100K.
She is also a horseback riding coach in Ossów near Warsaw.
Who is Sally McRae
I am a professional trail runner, wife, and mother of two, from Southern California. I grew up in Costa Mesa, and now live in the beautiful city of Huntington Beach.
I spend most of my racing season training with my crew in the San Gabriel Mountains and on the local South Orange County Trails.
I was born and raised in Southern California and grew up near the beach in the city of Costa Mesa.From an early age, my parents identified my natural competitive and passionate nature and signed me up for a race when I was seven years old.Although successful in local races, I chose to pursue soccer and gymnastics, joining the track and field team as a sprinter in high school only as a way to stay in shape. My success as a soccer player brought me to BIOLA University where I went on to be the Team Captain.
The Chance to Run
After college, I began running long distances as a way to see the surrounding sights and cities of the places I traveled to; and to maintain fitness while pursuing a career. I enjoyed the challenges that came with the marathon distance and qualified for Boston while running my second marathon. I went on to run a handful of marathons before discovering trail running in 2010.
I fell in love with the trail community, and the opportunities the races brought to explore the world around me. I also learned that my competitiveness and speed were good enough to make me a standout in the trail community; and in January 2014, I signed with Nike.
Salmon Falls 50k- 1st Female
SciaccheTrail 50k- 3rd Female
Western States 100- 11th Female
UTMB 100- DNF
Devil’s Ridge 70k- 2nd Female
UROC 100k- 2nd Female
Ultra Trail Cape Town 100k-2nd Female
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Kyle is an 18-year triathlon veteran and consistently ranks at the top of his age group in national and world rankings. Accolades include: 2014 ITU Long Distance World Champion – gold medal; 2014 ITU Short Distance World Championship – silver medal; 2013 USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint National Champion – gold medal; 2013 Olympic Distance Age Group National Championship – bronze medal; 2013 USA Triathlon Long Distance National Champion – gold medal; 2012 USA Triathlon Master’s Athlete of the Year – honorable mention; 2011 ITU Short Distance World Champion – gold medal; 2011 ITU Long Distance World Championship – silver medal; 2010 ITU Short Distance World Championship – bronze medal; 2010 Asia Pacific IM 70.3 Champion – gold medal; and 2006 USA Triathlon Age Group Olympic Distance National Champion.
Kyle works full-time as a sales executive at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Apart from that he enjoys volunteer work and serves as a Commissioner for the Sunnyvale Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, founder and board member of his neighborhood association, a board member of the Palo Alto Run Club and Silicon Valley Triathlon Club, and event planner for the Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon and Wipeout-Cancer Sports Day for Charity. He enjoys sports and outdoor activities, Japanese language study, raising chickens, and travel.
I am a runner, turned cyclist, turned runner in the pursuit to become a long-distance runner. I grew up as runner but switched to road cycling when I was 24, as it felt more exciting. I won the Cat 4 State Championships on the road and in the Time Trial and had some minor success as Cat 3 rider but realized quickly that I was out of my league when moving up to Cat 2, causing me besides other reasons to go back to running.
Since I started running again in 2010 I have competed in 16 Marathons (PR 2:37) and 16 Ultra-marathons. I appreciate the most the process and the preparation it takes to reach my goal and to be able push myself to new levels. In 2016, I managed to run 5 marathons in 5 days (The Jackal Marathons) and to finish with 66.5 miles at Run Under The Stars – KY (10hr). However, the highlight for me as a runner so far was the 3rd place overall at the NorthCoast 24-Hour Endurance Challenge in 2015 with 140.2 miles, which qualified me for the National Team but was not enough to actually be on the team.
Although I am a big fan of eating cookies, for racing and long runs I trust the natural ingredients of Spring Gels. It is absolutely crucial in, especially in long-distance events, to have the right source of fuel.
Joel grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina, but now resides in the flatlands of Nashville, Tennessee. A health care professional and former road warrior, Joel now prefers the challenges and adventures that the trail brings, wherever that may be. Gravitating towards the 100-mile (and longer) distance, Joel can usually be found on one of the many trails of middle and eastern Tennessee preparing for the next journey.
“I’ve used just about every product on the market and found none of them to be sustainable for one reason or another. Spring Energy is the first nutrition product I’ve been able to successfully incorporate into my training and racing for the past 3 or 4 years. It’s great stuff and I’m excited to see how it helps my performances this year!”
Joel has completed some of the toughest races in the world, as well as many closer to home, including: Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (2013, 2014), Tors des Geants (2015), Diagonale des Fous (2016), Lavaredo Ultra Trail (2013), San Diego 100 (2016 1st place self-supported Masters), Zion 100 (2015 14th overall), Bryce Canyon 100 (2015 8th overall), Chimera 100 (2015 7th overall), Atacama Crossing 250km (2012), Sahara Race 250km (2012 6th overall), Gobi March 250km (2013 5th overall).
2017 RACE SCHEDULE:
April: Zion 100km
July: Hardrock 100
September: Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc
December: Chattanooga 100
Matt resides in Franklin TN with his beautiful wife Bethany, 11 year-old son Grey and 5 year-old daughter Madeline. Professional Mortgage Banker by day, Semi-pro exerciser by morning, lunch-time, night or weekends. Two-time Western States 100 Endurance Run Silver Buckle finisher (sub 24 hour). Matt says: “The longer and tougher the race the better but my preferred distance is anything 26.2 and above. The two keys elements for endurance running success are pace and nutrition. Most races I’ve executed a solid pacing strategy. Nutritionally, the one thing I’ve NEVER looked forward to on race day was the number of gels or blocks I’d have to force down to maintain 200-250 calories per hour. All that changed when I was introduced to Spring Sports Nutrition. Each gel pack actually tastes like the real food it’s made with. The “gel dread” is gone and I have sustained energy from the first hour to the last. Race day combination – alternate between the Spring Power Rush and Spring Long Haul (savory Peanut Butter & Banana). For the last third of a race, Hill Aid with caffeine gets me to finish line. “
Wendi is a member of Rock Creek Race Team (trail running) & Team Belladium (women’s biking & multisport). Here is what Wendi has to say about her as an athlete:
Why do you run? It is my place of meditation, introspection, & perspective
A toughest moment during a run/race? This varies for me from race to race. But no matter where it is, I find that if I continue to put one foot in front of the other, the “tough moment” usually fades.
Favorite trails to train on:
I can’t say that I have one trail that I necessarily love more than another. Honestly, I love any trails that pull you beyond the treeline where it is simply you and the trail at that moment.
Lifelong goals: I have a number of athletic and life goals & both continue to evolve as I “grow up” , but the current goals I have in sight are to keep running, keep strong, keep my 2 children happy & healthy & keep striving for personal growth.
Most Recent Big Accomplishment: 2015 Chattanooga Ironman – 3rd Overall Age group – Kona Qualifier;
2nd Female (10th overall) – 2015 25k Bell Ringer Trail Run
1st Female (7th overall) – 2015 Fall Creek 1/2 Marathon
1st Female – 2014 River Bluff Half Distance Triathlon
2nd Female – 2014 Storm to Fort Half Distance Triathlon
1st Female( 14th overall) – 2014 Savage Gulf Marathon
2nd Female – Black Warrior 2013
1st Female – Savage Gulf Marathon 2013
3rd Female – UpChuck 50k 2012
1st Female -Tahoe Rim Trail 50 Mile 2009
Nevada State Champion 2009
1st Female & Overall Record -Black Warrior 50k 2009
1st Female -Mountain Mist 2009
1st Female (6th Overall) – LBL Trail 60K
2nd Female Flying Monkey 2008
1st Female -Mt. Cheaha 2008
2nd Female Mountain Mist 50k 2007, 2008
1st Female -CCC Trail Run 2008
1st Female -Two Lakes 2008
1st Female -Rock Creek Stump Jump 50k 2007
1st Female -11 Mile Stump Jump
I have been running trails and dirt roads fairly consistently for more than 30 years. I really don’t understand why runners would choose roads if they have trails available. More than the trail advantages of softer and uneven surfaces, the connection with nature adds an element to running that is unequaled. Also, long trail runs with friends adds an element of adventure that leads to long lasting friendships that few activities can equal.
There is so much focus in the typical running community on simply training and then running the next race. I believe that running on trails, in the woods, mountains, prairies, and deserts provides so much more than physical health. Trail running provides a perfect opportunity for people to get to know themselves on a level that few places or activities compare.
Here are some highlights of Randy’s adventures:
- 64 ultras including 7 100’s, Swiss Jura (7 days 200 mile) and Moravian Ultra Marathon (7 days 184 mile)
- 47 marathons (31 different cities)
- 2 X double dip of the Grand Canyon (rim to rim to rim – 45 miles)
- 24 triathlons including 5 Ironman’s
- Stand Up Paddleboarding
- 2 X finisher of ChattaJack. A 31-mile race on the TN river.
- 3-time finisher of SUP the State (7 days 294 miles)
- 80 Mile Gee Creek to Chattanooga in 17 hours
Adam has been a triathlete for the past seven years. He started swimming at age 12, and after seeing the Hawaii Ironman on TV, it has always been a goal to get there. He started running marathons in college, and before getting into triathlon, Adam ran eight open marathons and qualified for the Boston Marathon. His goal and dream was to qualify and race at the championship in Kona, HI. In 2016, this dream came true. Adam competed in Kona and he also ran his fastest marathon ever (2:47).
Adam went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergrad and Stanford University for masters in engineering. He works as a software engineer in Silicon Valley.
Ryne grew up playing football and baseball in east Tennessee. At Maryville College, his football career ended early after one too many concussions. Ryne always enjoyed the conditioning aspect of practice more than his teammates and naturally turned to running to fill his athletic void. Ryne went from a casual road runner to trail and ultra junkie after completing StumpJump 50k in 2014.
“I became absolutely hooked after that first 50k. The ultra world is known for its welcoming community, and they quickly reeled me in. There is nothing I love more, besides my dog and wife than a long day in the woods.”
When not daydreaming about his next adventure in the mountains, Ryne teaches middle school physical education in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mountaineering (climbed 13 of Colorado’s 14,000+ Ft mountains, Rock Climbing, Road & Mountain Cycling, Slackline, Scuba Diving, Juggling, Golf.
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