I used my natural body type to play football in high school and was venturing on to collegiate sports when an injury kept me from being able to compete.
I was always a bigger kid, but I found myself maintaining the eating habits of a defensive lineman without all the work. Walking up a couple flights of stairs in 2010, I noticed that it was unhealthy carrying around all the extra weight and it was having less than desirable effects. So I started on this journey to rediscover health and fitness, one step at a time. Yards became blocks, blocks became a mile, and miles became easier.
What started as a way to lose weight transformed into something bigger. I began to meditate and grew more in tune with my body as I ran. I enjoyed the primal feeling when pushed to the top of a hill or ran an all-out mile. I tapped into that unfettered inner animal that we all are, transcending the effort and using it to better understand who I am.
It was this mental aspect of running than explains why I gravitated towards trails. The push into ultra distances was really just an excuse to extend those experiences. I started focusing on trail running in 2013 and hopped right into Leadville. I ran the race extremely conservatively, not knowing how my body would react. In the course of the experience, I fell in love, not only with the distance, but also with the culture of our unique ultra community.
I dedicated 2014 to learning how to run 100’s and racied anything and everything I could in between the longer events so that I could get things dialed in.
I was introduced to VFUEL when I signed with Team Altra Footwear. My nutrition needed help and VFUEL is the only gel I found that works for me time after time. It fueled my first 100-mile win at Bryce Canyon 100 and then a quick turnaround-win at the Ouray 100. I never had a better running year and I know VFUEL played an integral part of that.
Hometown: Logan, UT by way of Salt Lake City, UT
Website: Go Thee Into The High Mount...
Favorite Beer: I don’t drink beer, but I’m a huge fan of Pespi
Guilty Pleasure: Cinnamon Rolls
Other Hobbies: I love being outside. Period. But when I’m not doing that I enjoy cooking quite a bit.
Best thing about VFuel: It’s the ONLY endurance fuel that can keep me going during the long run and stays down each time. The flavors are pretty damn good.
Best recovery meal: Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger and Fries… smothered in ketchup, but no tomatoes.
Favorite trail running memory: Each day is an adventure
2016 Zion 100-Half Marathon, 2nd place
2016 Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50, 1st place
2016 Antelope Canyon 55K, 5th place
2015 Bear 100, 5th place
2015 Skyline Mountain Marathon 50K, 1st place
2015 Bryce 100, 3rd place
2015 Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50, 3rd place
2014 Mountain View Trail Half Marathon, 2nd place
2014 Run Rabbit Run 100, 12th place
2014 Bryce 100, 1st place
2014 Timp Trail Marathon, 11th place
2014 Zion 100-50K, 13th place
2014 Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50, 5th place
2014 Moab Red Hot 50+, 78th place
2013 Antelope Island 100K, 2nd place
2013 Leadville Trail 100, 46th place
2013 Bryce 100-100K, 11th place
2013 Red Mountain 50K, 7th place
2012 Red Mountain 50K, 3rd place