Michael Aish

I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand and started running competitively at the age of 15 when I found out I could get the day off school if I ran cross country.

My first love will always be racing on the track. Over the years, I moved around from the 3,000m to the 10,000m. In 2005, I started moving up to the marathon distance. While I loved the training, I never really managed to put the race together that my track times suggested I was capable of. 

In 2010, I retired from the sport and got a real job. This didn’t last long. A few years later, I started looking to the trails for a new challenge. 

For the past few years, I’ve run a wide range of races and continue to learn. I’ve been lucky to be able to work with the international running brand, Mizuno to market their new trail shoes. As long as I’m enjoying running, I’ll keep getting out the door.

Arvada, Colorado

Mizuno Kazan



Guilty Pleasure: 
Movies, large popcorn re-fills, Swedish fish and hot wings.

Other Hobbies: 
Skateboarding, snowboarding, dogs, design and music.

Best thing about VFuel:
No flavor fatigue! While other brand gel flavors get tiresome, VFuel always tastes great, even late in a race.

Favorite running memory: 
Walking in the Olympic opening ceremonies.  

Running Accomplishments

2000 Sydney Olympic games: 10,000m
2004 Athens Olympic Games: 5,000m
2008 P.F.Changs Rock-n-Roll Arizona Marathon: Men’s Champion 2:13.21
2009 SBS Christchurch International Marathon: Men’s Champion
New Zealand World Cross Country Team: 00’, 01’, 03
New Zealand Outdoor World Track and Field Championships Team: 03’, 07’, 09’
New Zealand Indoor World Track and Field Championships Team: 03’
New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team: 02’, 06’
12 x National NCAA Division II Champion in Track & Field and Cross Country.
2015 Silver Rush 50-1st place
2015 Leadville Trail Marathon-1st place
2015 Quad Rock 50 (25 Miler)-1st place
2014 Leadville Trail 100-2nd place
2014 Sean O’Brien 50-2nd place
2013 Leadville Trail 100-2rd place
2013 C.U.R.E.’s Ultras 50-1st place
2012 Silver Rush 50-1st place