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 and marathon trained again for 3 years doing very well in races (2nd overall at the Colorado Marathon in 2012 in 2:42).I moved to the trails to take some of the impact off my body and decided to run my first ultra in 2013 (Leadville Silver Rush 50 Miler – 5th overall – 7:29:27). My running career has been completely different ever since, as I found passion on the trails. I ran the Leadville Trail 100 race in 2014 (my first 100) finishing in 20:46:42 and again in 2015 finishing in 4th overall in 18:43:14. I’ve run numerous other ultras in the last 3 years. Full list of results can be found here
Since my 2016 Run Rabbit Run 100 race I’ve refocused my life and running goals on balance and health. Injury setbacks have allotted me more options to incorporate into recovery and training like Rest, Strength Training, Yoga, Range of Motion Workouts and Physical Therapy. Diet is also a main focus, which is where quality products like “Fuel 100” fit into my daily life, training and races.
UltraRunner Podcast interview - here
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 mile long Appalachian Trail in 2003, the 2,600 mile long Pacific Crest Trail in 2005, and the ~2,600 mile long Continental Divide Trail in 2006. She subsequently took up ultra-marathon running, and has completed six 100 mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50k and 50 mile events. She has attempted the infamous Barkley Marathons four times, starting a third loop once. When not logging trail miles she climbs peaks in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
She is well known for setting the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 (60 days, 17 hours, 12 min), breaking the previous men's record by four days and establishing the first female record. In 2015 she once again made FKT history, setting the overall self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes) also breaking the men's record by four days and the female record by 26 days. Most recently (October 2016) she set the overall self-supported FKT on the 800 mile Arizona Trail (19 days 17 hours 9 minutes) breaking the previous men's record by about 2 days and establishing the female record.
When not on an adventure Heather is an online coach and ACE certified Personal Trainer - training page here She also speaks about her adventures regularly and is currently working on a book chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record.
Instagram - @anishhikes
Facebook training page - https://www.facebook.com/TrainWithAnish
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!
Maggie Guterl aka Maggatron ran her first marathon in 2009, making the leap to ultramarathons less than two years later. She started big with a 24 hour race and a goal of 100 miles but fell just 3 miles short due to stomach issues from too much sugar. Fast forward to 2014 where she qualified for the USA 24 Hour Team running 142 miles in 24 hours and went to the 24 Hour World Championships in Turin, Italy the next year (running 146 miles and helping her team win gold). With the right training and race day nutrition, Maggie was able to continually improve and reach goals she had only dreamed of.
In 2016, Maggie ran to a 2nd place finish at Georgia Death Race where she earned a Golden Ticket to the Western States Endurance Run. She credits Electro-Bites with pivotal role in her solid finish (She even shared some Electro-Bites with her competition on the trail!) She ultimately finished 8th at Western States and will return again this year with the hopes of improving her performance.
Maggie’s UltraRunner Podcast interview here
Follow Maggie on
Blog - http://www.maggatron.com/
Twitter - @MaggatronRuns
Instagram - @MaggatronRuns
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.”
Follow Jeff on
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/
Jill is a runner, mother, web geek, and more from Las Vegas, NV. She ran her first marathon in 2008, assuming it was going to be a one-and-done bucket list item. But that spurred a love of running and she has since completed more marathons, half marathons, and shorter distances. She has earned her RRCA coaching certification and spent many seasons coaching for Team Challenge as well as coaching several smaller local running groups. Jill is passionate about positive body image messages and encouraging runners to be compassionate with themselves to make improvements.
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I served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years. I have always tried my best to stay in good shape but it was never easy for me. I am not a natural athlete. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of my retirement from the Marine Corps.
In 2012 I discovered Ultra Running. In the years since I have continued to better my running. I always seem to be semi sidelined with illness, injury or work. Once the issue is resolved I get back to training. My reach out seeds my grasp as I always sign up for races that will be very challenging for me. I have attempted two hundred mile runs but got injured after 25 miles one year and 45 miles another year. I have attempted two 50 mile runs and was pulled for my slow time once and I finished the other.
I am a very slow runner. When I finished the Traprock 50K in 2013 the only people at the finish line were my wife, RD, A-RD and a few volunteers. I was so last at the 2016 Runamuck 50K the RD was told the course was clear and there was no one at the finish line.
Since I am a slow runner I am always on the course longer than most. Nutrition has always been an issue for me also. I discovered Electro-Bites this year and they have been working great for me. I am excited for this years events that include three Spartan races, a one hundred mile run, two 24 hour runs, one 100K run and a variety of 50K and below runs.
I compete against no one and try my best.
Number of years running: 17ish 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!
Follow John on
Facebook - http://hundredmilefunrun.blogspot.com
I have never defined myself as a runner, a biker or a hiker. Though I have completed five marathons, I am happier hiking or trail running in the mountains near my home in Salt Lake City. I am just has happy on my road bike and mountain bike. Snowshoes or skis, I'll take those too. It wasn't until I was 45 that I took up rock climbing. I also love adventure travel.