Meet our Ambassadors
Joseph is a runner, world traveler, shoe fanatic and watch fanatic who loves innovative ideas and abstract randomness. He is a professional runner competing on mountains, roads and the track. Joseph qualified for and will be running in the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials!
I am your typical family man with two children (preschool and elementary school) and a full time job. Balance is the key to everything I do, prioritizing family first. I ran my first marathon in 2003 thinking the whole thing was crazy, then headed to Boston in 2004. I took a long break after the birth of my first child.
I was rejuvenated in the sport when a group of my friends headed out to Boston to run the marathon in 2011. I marathon trained again for 3 years doing very well in races (2nd overall at the Colorado Marathon in 2012 in 2:42), but was constantly finding myself injured due to poor training, poor nutrition and all the while getting older. Being motivated by a friend and good training partner, I decided to run my first ultra in 2013 (Leadville Silver Rush 50 Miler – 5th overall – 7:29:27) after finding myself on the injured list for the 2013 Boston Marathon. My running career has been completely different ever since. I now am healthier than ever, follow sound training plans and diet and continue to do well, except now in the ultra-community. I ran my first 100 mile race in 2014 (the Leadville Trail 100) and finished in 20:46:42. I’ve got more ultras and 100’s on the books and am excited for each and every adventure.
Whether training or racing Nancy can be found on mountain trails every weekend. She is a prolific racer running 30+ races every year from 5k to ultra on road and trails. Nancy is the founder and Executive Director of American Trail Running Association.
Heather, known as Anish on trails, completed her “Triple Crown” of Backpacking in 2006 at the age of 25. She completed the 2,100 mi long Appalachian Trail in 2003, the 2,600 mi long Pacific Crest Trail in 2005, and the ~2,600 mi long Continental Divide Trail in 2006. She subsequently took up ultra-marathon running, completing six 100 mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50k and 50 mi events. She is well known for setting the overall self-supported speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 (60 days, 17 hours, 12 min), breaking the previous record by four days.
Having never run more than 6 miles at once before 2006 and not knowing what an ‘ultra’ was, I started running ultras in 2008 after a friend told my about a race he’d done the previous summer – a 50k in the mountains of Utah. It sounded perfect – a whole day spent playing outside in the mountains. Since then I’ve run all distances of trail races, but the 100 mile distance is my favorite. I spend most of my time running in the mountain playground surrounding Salt Lake City, but you’ll also find me climbing, backpacking, cross country skiing, running on the road, and yes, even riding a road bike up the canyons in spandex. Electro-Bites are my go to fuel for any distance race. They are a great alternative to the ubiquitous sweet running fuel. Salty Vanilla is my favorite!
A wife, pro soccer player, mom, volunteer and veterans advocate Haley has an impressive professional, personal and athletic resume far too long to do justice here.
- An honors graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy,
- Served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps,
- Earned an MBA with distinction from the University of Liverpool,
- Works with Haley’s Heros and The Brian Cushing Foundation, both charities serving Veterans,
- Soccer player at every level from NCAA Div I to Professional (Houston Dash),
- Coach of youth and collegiate soccer players specializing in goalkeeping.
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Twitter - https://twitter.com/HalesBells99
Patrick O’Neal Cole
Patrick O’Neal Cole
Patrick O'Neal Cole, is a Competitive Vegan Trail/Ultra Runner/Trail Aficionado, that has been enjoying the trails, since his early teens. He got his first taste of competition in 2012, when he entered the San Lorenzo River Trail Run-1/2 Marathon, where he placed 10th overall and 4th in his age group out of close to 150 entrants. Since then, he's delved into Ultramarathons, with solid performances that include the Salt Point 50K, in Jenner CA, where he arrived 28 minutes late and still managed second overall, all while keeping a lead on the whole field! While he is a competitive Trail/Ultra Runner, he does enjoy participating and just running at various Trail/Ultra events.
A plant based diet is his primary focus, but he occasionally eats dairy, to avoid any mishaps at aid stations that aren't Vegan friendly.
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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007030365097&fref=ts
Although active, Jeff spent most of his life struggling with obesity. Finally, 4 years ago, at age 46, he started on the path toward better health with the help of a terrific doctor specializing in Functional Medicine. Jeff has lost over 50 lbs, and has changed his diet significantly (whole, organic, local, non-processed), and discovered a passion for barefoot/minimalist trail running. His goals for 2015 are to continue that journey, as well as to continue to train to run further than he ever has. Jeff completed his first marathon in January 2013 and achieved his goal of a 50K Ultra (2 of them), and his first 50 Miler in 2014. His goal for 2015 is a 100K on his way to a 100 miler!
You can often find Jeff working his way up the famous Manitou Incline, or on a variety of trails in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. Jeff is also an active blogger, and his original intent of blogging was to create a personal journal of his journey to better health. His blog has since grown to be much more than that. He has spent time working towards his goals, and educating himself about barefoot/minimalist running, and healthy eating, and now takes the opportunity to share what he’s learned.
According to Jeff, “I'm certainly not a certified dietitian or coach, but I love hearing from those that have followed me, and how much I've helped or inspired them. I think many folks identify with me because I am not an elite athlete, but instead just a middle-aged, back of the pack runner trying to improve my health and to enjoy life. Just hearing that I've helped someone, somehow, is so rewarding. And, I am so excited to partner with Electro-Bites as an ambassador. Their products are clean, simple, effective, and they taste great! I’m really proud to be an Ambassador for a company I am passionate about.”
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Blog - http://barefootinclined.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/BarefootInclined
Twitter - https://twitter.com/BarefootIncline
Instagram - http://instagram.com/gumbydad
Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/gumbydad/
Violeta started running marathons in college, but she got into trail running during three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho in Southern Africa. With no choice but to run on precipitous mountain roads, she found true love (and blisters, and a lot of mud). She has been searching for the perfect goat trail ever since, and offers up the following as good options: Chuckanut Ridge and Lime Kiln, in Washington; Sani Pass, between South Africa and Lesotho; Huagai Mountain, in Sichuan; and any one of the amazing North Georgia trails you can get your feet on. (Violeta currently lives in Georgia and is afraid of bad juju from naming a favorite trail.)
Violeta’s other passions include preventing the spread of infectious diseases (which she is paid for most of the time), cooking, chocolate, kitties, yoga, adventures, and dressing like she had a fight with a pack of highlighters. She recently took up paragliding, doubling her list of hobbies that most people consider an impractical way to get from Point A to Point B. More than anything, she loves being out in the wild logging long miles with good friends. Long gets longer and sweeter every year!
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Instagram - http://instagram.com/violetadarling
Number of years running: 15ish years
Location: Jackson, MS
I began running in October of 2001, the same day that I stopped smoking. I went out and tried to run a mile, and made it about 200 yards before coughing my brains out…at that point I knew something had to give, so I threw away my smokes, and signed up for the New Orleans Marathon that following March (2002). I suffered greatly through that event, but made it to the finish line, and was immediately in love with the sport.
During 2002, while driving down the Natchez Trace here in Mississippi, I spied an opening leading into the woods. I pulled my car over, and realized that it was a trail of some kind… so what better to do than to see where it went! Well, it ended up going much further than I was ready for at the time, but needless to say, I discovered a whole new world of running. I quickly became more interested in finding events that were off-road, and stumbled upon the Stumpjump 50k in Chattanooga. With little hesitation, I mailed in my entry, and was in training for my first ultra! I ran the event and loved it, and ever since my passion has been ever-increasing for the opportunity to run on trails.
Since running my first ultra in 2003, I have participated in over 50 ultras, ranging in length from 50k to 100+ miles, and have been fortunate enough to have some podium and top-10 finishes along the way. Also, I have been a member of the Rock/Creek Race Team for the past several years. Rock/Creek is an outdoor retailer based out of Chattanooga, TN, and they have been a major contributor to the growth of the sport of trail and ultrarunning here in the southeast. This is a great platform for me to share my passion for running with lots of folks, and I have really enjoyed being a part of the team.
Although I primarily run races in the south, I do try and find a few races each year to travel to. I may not always be at the top, but I always try and do my best, and enjoy each step. The pursuit of the sport has given me life-experiences and life-lessons on perseverance, discipline, and endurance that I would have been hard-pressed to learn elsewhere. I have been able to learn about myself, about who I am, about who I was created to be. Long live the run!
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Facebook - http://hundredmilefunrun.blogspot.com
Growing up on a dairy farm of a little village in northern Spain, walking and running was the way to get everywhere and the long summer days of gathering hay for the winter made me gain a mental and physical strength that has accompanied me since childhood.
I had a few gipsy years that took me to live in Argentina and Brazil, somehow managing to continue my Bachelor’ studies in Biology. In Argentina I learned to sail, in Brazil after finishing my degree I earned a Masters in Marine Ecology and worked as a park ranger in a Marine State Park. Delivering yachts, participating in ocean regattas, scuba diving, windsurfing & kayaking were some of my get away activities. As the horizon started to close up on me I traveled to the USA to learn English, landing in Florida where a new world opened to me … Yachting. Next I was studying in the UK to became Captain and for the next 13 years I worked on motor yachts from 135ft to 240ft, floating palaces that took me many times across the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Circumnavigation of S. America, Tahiti, Australia. During that time water sports, running & road biking allowed me to switch off.
Working on deck department, being too independent & “sea gipsy” can and has made my personal life to pay a big toll, so 2 years ago (at age 40) I decided to make a change and now I work as a “Wild Card” for one employer. I’m “based” in Aspen, CO, Miami, FL and on his 185ft yacht; helping managing his houses, traveling with his kids, giving a hand on his yacht. Now I’m a gipsy on land, calling home wherever my heart is in the moment.
It was in this moment of my life that I took running “seriously” though it is what brings the most smiles on my life. I’m a roadrunner, a trail runner, a snow runner, any type of running that take me to new places and to meet new people. I now have a coach (Lisa Smith-Batchen from Dreamchaser Outdoor Events) and she introduced me to Fuel100 Electro-Bites, as eating gels & cereal bars would make me so sick from the sweetness, I would not eat & that was affecting my performance. I used the Electro-Bites on my first 50 mile race (Cactus Rose/ Tejas trails) and not only could I keep the calories count and electrolyte intake spot on, I blasted with a 3rd female position (of 42 ladies).
I use Electro-Bites on my snowshoe races, running races, training, road biking, mountain biking and even in my motorcycle trips… I own a 800GS BMW, an adventure motorbike I named “Ultra” that I not only use to get to my races on but also rode on a solo trip from Spain to the Polar Circle in Norway.
But wait … if you see me running around and you call me and I don’t answer it is because I have a twin sister … when we run together we are the Twinpower Team!
Life is tough, at least mine has been, but my purpose it’s to live it fully no matter what, I’m fired up with internal combustion … my heart & Fuel100!
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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/laura.twinpower
Instagram - http://instagram.com/laurabuitron
Athlinks - http://www.athlinks.com/athletes/136301383
UltraSignup - http://ultrasignup.com/results_participant.aspx?fname=Laura&lname=Buitron