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Featured Runner “Krystle Dalke” May 2016

PsychoPsummer2014-4179-X3Krystle Dalke attended Washburn University and double majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  Krystle then moved onto law school and graduated from Washburn Law School in 2008. Krystle picked up her mileage during law school as a way to destress and go over school work in her head. She completed her first half marathon while in law school. Following law school, Krystle clerked for the Honorable Monti Belot of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas from August 2008 to January 2012. After her clerkship Krystle joined the Law Office of Michael P. Whalen at the end of January and practices appellate work and criminal defense. Krystle’s first marathon was the Abilene marathon and her first 100-miler was Heartland in 2012. The year of the crazy storms!


Date of Birth:  June 4, 1982

Place of Birth:  Newton, Kansas.

Currently Residing:  Wichita, Kansas.

Marital Status: Married

Job(s): Associate Attorney at the Law Office of Michael P. Whalen.

Children: One son, Jace.

Height: 5’3”

Weight: 125

Shoe Size: Measure a 7 to 7.5.  Wear a size 9 running shoe.

Best Physical Feature: I like my arms and calves.

Worst Physical Feature: Sometimes my meaty calves are just too big for cute boots.

Religion: Christian – mostly Baptist.

Political Affiliation: Probably a Liberal Republican.

Educational Background: Undergraduate degrees from Washburn University in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  Law degree from Washburn Law School.

Personal Strength(s):  I have a “get her done” and “take no prisoners” type mentality.

Personal Weakness(es): Not patient at all.

Make Of Car You Drive: Infiniti QX60

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: Audi

Pets: Sarge the Newfoundland, Nana the Great Pyrenees, Meeko the Golden Doodle, Garage Cat the cat that lives in our garage, and two fish.


Favorite Author:  I like James Patterson.

Favorite Book: I like the NYPD Red series.

Favorite Non-running Magazine:  Probably People because I like to know the gossip.

Favorite Movie: At the moment, Zootopia, because I can so relate to that little bunny.

Favorite TV Show: In Living Color was the Bomb.com.

Favorite Actor/Actress: I don’t have a favorite, but I love Jim Carey, Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock.

Favorite Music: It varies – Rock, Pop, anything that sounds good at Mile 50.

Favorite Musical Performer: Lady Gaga! Best concert I have ever been to.

Favorite Artist: I don’t know that I have one.

Favorite Spectator Sport: Gymnastics – I get so nervous for them.

Favorite Subject in School: Science

Favorite Game: Nertz!

Favorite Vacation Destination: Kennebunkport, Maine.

Favorite Time Of Day: Morning

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Goose down jackets

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: I like to go for a good walk.

Favorite Running Shoe: At the moment Brooks Ghost, but I switch off between Brooks, Pearl Izumi, and Newtons.

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: A tortilla wrap with a Quest protein bar and peanut butter warmed up and eaten like a burrito.  Yum!

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Nutella wraps.

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Sweet potato with lots of peanut butter and quest protein bar broken up in pieces on top.

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): Favorite Crew is my mom Donna Stucky and aunt Lorna Ludlum – I have had too many terrific pacers to have a favorite, but big shout out to Hannah Nesbitt, Niki Dudeck, Scott and Jennifer Hill, Kristen Wheeler, Dave Meeth and Adele Jordan, and of course, my mom.

Favorite Place To Run:  Probably Lake Kanopolis at Rockin K tops it so far.

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: The soft gravel that is on the Prairie Spirit Trail.

Favorite Famous Quote: “Everybody wants to be a diamond, but very few are willing to get cut.”


Number of Years Running Ultras: Four years

Number of Ultras Finished:  I am not sure.  Over 25 at this point.

Best Ultra Performance(s): Rails-to-Trails Fall Ultra Extravaganza 100 Mile, October 2015.

Most Memorable Ultra: Rails-to-Trails Fall Ultra Extravaganza 100 Mile, October 2015. Scott Hill pushed me to have a great time and my son Jace Dalke finished with me.

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: It depends on how consistent I have been.  I don’t really follow a “training program” but try to maintain a 50k base and cross train 4 times per week.

Injuries: None so far.

Ultrarunning Idol: No idols.  I just love all of my ultrarunning friends.

Why Do You Run Ultras:  I love the people.  And I feel better starting at mile 25.  Marathons suck.

Advice For Other Ultrarunners:  I have been running ultras for 4 years now and every race is different and a new experience.  You will have good days and bad days.  Also, it doesn’t matter if it is 5 miles or 100 miles.  When I am scheduled to be done, then I want to be done.  It is just the mental game as to what distance or how many hours you tell yourself you are going to be running that day.


Personal Hero:  I don’t have a specific hero.  There are several qualities that I love and admire from several different people. Other than Jesus, no one contains every single quality that I deem important.

Personal Philosophy:  When it comes to ultra running, I ask myself.  Will I regret this?  If yes, then keep going.  If no, then I probably should have stopped 20 miles ago.

Short-Term Goal: Finish Lake Tahoe in July.

Long-Term Goal: I really do not have one in mind. Basically keep up my running and have fun with new challenges.

Most Prized Possession: World War 1 army coin from my great-grandfather. It was spent, so it has a hole in it.

Most Proud Achievement: It WILL be raising Jace to be a successful young man. Please wish me luck!

Happiest Memory: I think it was my dad bringing home Hercules, my Newfoundland puppy in the middle of the night when I was a child.  I was woken up by my parents to a black bundle of fur.

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: I want to be a princess!

Greatest Adventure:  Gorilla Trek in Rwanda, Africa


Least Liked Subject:  Math

Least Liked Household Chore:  I hate to vacuum or do any type of landscaping outside

Pet Peeve(s): people who waste my time with matters that they should know how to take care of themselves.

Greatest Fear: I am stuck somewhere else or hurt/dead with my son Jace in trouble in another location or simply where I cannot get to him.


Book Currently Reading: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Hobbies:  I like to dance, but don’t seem to have time to do that much anymore.

Collections: I have a small Lululemon addiction, but I don’t necessarily save the clothing.

What’s next: 100-Miler at Lake Tahoe in July 2016

FreeState-2016-0069-X3Krystle cruising at Freestate!



Featured Runner “Dave Renfro” April 2016

Dave Renfro (in his own words): I’ve always been fairly active, but I started running just before my 40th birthday when I realized my body was changing and that I needed more exercise to stay fit. I started running on trails about a year after that and actually completed a 37-mile death march on the OHT by myself a month before running my first ultra, the 2012 War Eagle 50k. I was pretty much hooked at that point. I started feeling like crap in the summer of 2014 and was diagnosed with papillary renal cell cancer in September of that year. My CT scan looks like a plate of General Tso’s chicken. My left kidney is trashed plus I have spots on my neck, between my lungs, on both sides of my liver, and on lymph nodes all over my abdomen. Fortunately, the doctors have not found a speck of cancer in either leg, and the oral targeted therapy drug I’m taking is holding the line on everything else. That means I can still run!


Date of Birth: 1970

Place of Birth: Bethesda Naval Hospital (Army brat)

Currently Residing:  Springdale, Arkansas

Marital Status: I held hands with a girl for the first time when I was 28 years old and married her four years after that. She’s all I ever think about!

Job(s): Manufacturing for the last 15 years or so, mostly running automated carbide compaction presses. Airframe mechanic before that.

Children: Ten-year-old Donald. He’s a trip!

Height: 5’7”

Weight: I’m at my best when I’m ten pounds into the overweight range on the BMI charts. Good to have some fuel in the tank. Before I started my cancer treatment, my weight had dropped well into the supposedly healthy range and I felt like a ghost! It was a hard fight gaining that weight back.

Shoe Size: 8

Best Physical Feature: My hair. It used to be red, which was cool, but my cancer medicine has turned every hair on my body into an unnaturally vivid white. They look like optical fibers. People stare all the time because my dress and demeanor does not match that of a person who dunks his head in peroxide every night.

Worst Physical Feature: Definitely my amygdala.

Religion: It would be inexact to call myself an atheist. Whatever understanding of God I do have is vague and not guided in any way by scripture, unless you count Beckett.

Political Affiliation: Very Liberal. I’m willing to pay to live in a modern, peaceful, compassionate society.

Educational Background: Mostly vo-tech: A&P, CDL, Machine Shop, more Machine Shop. I did get an associate’s degree in business from one of those idiot online universities, but I’ll never sell myself out like that again. One of the few life decisions that I genuinely regret!

Personal Strength(s): My ability to change as I learn more about myself and the crazy-ass world we live in.

Personal Weakness(es): Life-long social anxiety. I’ve learned to like people, but I just don’t understand them. I never know what to say.

Make Of Car You Drive: Mostly my wife’s Toyota Matrix but I’m more comfortable in my 2000 Cavalier with the A/C ripped out.

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: A Datsun 510 sedan if I could travel back in time, otherwise anything that’s paid for and cheap to drive with manual windows and locks and no air conditioning.

Pets: No thanks.


Favorite Author: Anton Chekhov

Favorite Book: A brilliant writer and long-time friend of mine named Mike Little gave me his personal copy of E.M. Cioran’s The Trouble with Being Born during a visit last summer. I’m bringing that book and my beloved Petzl headlamp with me whenever my goose finally honks.

Favorite Non-running Magazine: Ten rounds or less.

Favorite Movie: Open Range

Favorite TV Show: The Rachel Maddow Show

Favorite Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington

Favorite Music: Gary Clark Jr. doing a Hendrix groove.

Favorite Musical Performer: John Mayer is the best Strat player to ever walk the earth, and the Blues Hall of Fame should be moved to Fairfield, Connecticut in his honor.

Favorite Artist: Don’t have one, but my favorite painting is Ilya Repin’s Barge Haulers on the Volga.

Favorite Spectator Sport: Leafs Hockey

Favorite Subject in School: Machine Shop

Favorite Game: Chess, but I haven’t played in years.

Favorite Vacation Destination: Southern Philippines.

Favorite Time Of Day: After midnight (No Clapton reference intended.)

Favorite Item of Clothing: $17 jeans from Walmart.

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Riding bikes with my son.

Favorite Running Shoe: The exactly one pair I own at any given time, currently Brooks Ghosts. I’d been running in Altra Instincts for the last three years and loved them but decided to go back to high-heels just to change things up. Took me a week to quit scuffing my heels!

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Hormel Comfort Classics Dumplings and Chicken Compleats, my secret weapon. Delicious hot or cold!

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Margarita Shot Bloks. Twice the sodium!

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: I’m usually full but I can always eat another bag of pretzels.

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): Never tried that. I’m such a solitary runner throughout the year that it would seem really awkward to suddenly ask a friend to give up a weekend to help me out. I should probably just get over that particular hang-up.

Favorite Place To Run: Fly Gap Road. It’s a fire road in the Ozark National Forest running east to west for about 15 miles. It follows the top of a ridge with really nice views but also drops down a few times for some good climbs.

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Fire roads. I also love searching out small, paved loops and seeing how many laps I can do in twelve hours.

Favorite Famous Quote: “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” –Samuel Beckett


Number of Years Running Ultras: 4

Number of Ultras Finished:  6

Best Ultra Performance(s): 2014 Prairie Spirit Trail 50. I had the weirdest abdominal pain during the race, like someone jamming a thumb into my stomach, but I still pushed hard and PR’d by more than an hour. I figured out a few months later that the stomach pain was actually an early symptom of my cancer, which makes me all the more proud of how well I ran.

Most Memorable Ultra: 2013 FlatRock 101k, in the mud. That race was crazy!

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: I was lucky to have a very active job operating robotic carbide presses for the last 12 years. That was equal to thirty miles a week at least, so I’d just did long runs on the weekends and that was enough. The medicine I’m taking now really zaps my energy so I just walk as much as I can and take naps in between. I’ll finish my next race, but it will be something other than training that gets me there.

Injuries: None.

Ultrarunning Idol: The guy who finishes last in any given race.

Why Do You Run Ultras:  I race twice a year just to connect with friends and challenge myself against a clock or a hard course. I’m like a trapper who goes to rendezvous to play games and peddle his furs. I still prefer to run by myself most of the time, but the few races I do run are a big deal to me. I plan my whole year around them!

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: If you’re going for speed, I have no advice to offer. If you just want to get out there and do the distance, don’t get hung up on a training plan. If a run just isn’t happening, cut it short and don’t worry about it. If a run is happening unexpectedly well, stay out there for twelve hours!


Personal Hero: Lots of heroes out there!

Personal Philosophy:  Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

Short-Term Goal: Redeem last year’s DNF at Prairie Spirit…Editor’s Update: ACHIEVED!!!

Long-Term Goal: I’m thinking either the Snowdrop 55-hour race in Houston or the 72-hour Ultracentric race in Grape Vine, Texas. My 100-mile ambitions didn’t disappear just because I got sick. It’s just going to take me a little longer than 30 hours!

Most Prized Possession: Nothing in particular.

Most Proud Achievement: My marriage. Neither one of us is easy to be married to, but we figured it out.

Happiest Memory: A week-long fishing trip to Toledo Bend with my uncle Steve in about 1987. My hands were cracked and bleeding from taking so many catfish off the trot lines. It was epic!

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: Trekking the Annapurna Circuit.

Greatest Adventure:  Meeting my wife in person for the first time. I went to Hong Kong in 1998 to meet my penpal of three years who was working there as a domestic helper. We spent five days together in Hong Kong before going to her home in the Philippines for another three weeks or so, Cebu and northern Mindanao. It would be another four years before Cristina and I finally got married, but I knew I had found an amazing life companion!


Least Liked Subject: The Kardashians.

Least Liked Household Chore: Eating vegetables.

Pet Peeve(s): Boring prose.

Greatest Fear: The thought that I might not always be around for my son.


Book Currently Reading: Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov.

Hobbies: I’ve had a million. I guess my hobby is trying new hobbies.

Collections: Collections? Like The Collected Works of Guy de Maupassant?

What’s next: If we make it through December, everything’s gonna be alright I know.

WinslowDave with his wife, Cristina.

Dave at his recent Prairie Spirit Trail 50 Mile Finish with Epic Ultras Founder,
Eric Steele & Prairie Spirit Trail Race Director, Trevor Darmstetter.


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Featured Runner “Peggy Ward” March 2016

peggyIIPeggy Ward grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and that is where she gained her appreciation for the great outdoors. Running gives her the opportunity to be outdoors as well as it helps her deal with stress, and it has become her hobby.  She currently works two full time jobs and does some volunteer work, yet she made the time to train for and “finish” the 2015 Kansas Grand Slam.  What she has come to love most about running ultras is the community of people who participate in ultras and the friends she’s made along the way.


Date of Birth: December 18th.

Currently Residing:  Wichita, KS.

Marital Status: Divorced

Job(s): 2 full time jobs:  1)  CFO, JP Weigand & Sons, Inc. 2) Sr. Lecturer, Finance, Wichita State University.  Plus, I do about 50 income tax returns for investors.

Children: One daughter, Paige.

Height: 5’ 7 ½”

Weight: I don’t weigh myself anymore.

Shoe Size: 7 ½ but wear 8 ½ or 9 in running shoes.

Best Physical Feature: Dimples

Worst Physical Feature: Knuckles on my hands.

Religion: Christian

Political Affiliation: Not sure I want to be affiliated with any of them right now.

Educational Background: Associates degree:  Hutch Juco, BBA – Accounting and MBA:  Wichita State University.  Also licensed CPA.

Personal Strength(s): Ambitious, resilient, happy

Personal Weakness(es): Stubborn, independent

Make Of Car You Drive: Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes SLK 350

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: I always wanted the Mercedes hard top convertible, so I got one.

Pets: One cat, but I really miss not having a dog!


Favorite Author: Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is the last series I read.  Not much time for reading now.

Favorite Book: Bible

Favorite Non-running Magazine: If traveling, I pick up word searches or cross word puzzles.

Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption

Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld (nothing new compares)

Favorite Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington

Favorite Music: Anything but twangy Country Western or hard core rap.

Favorite Musical Performer: ‘performer’: best concert, probably Cher.

Favorite Artist: Monet

Favorite Spectator Sport: Basketball

Favorite Subject in School: Accounting …and Finance 340 since I teach it 🙂

Favorite Game: Leg wrestling…well, ok I just threaten people I’ll solve disputes with them that way.  Can’t remember the last person who took me up on it though…LOL!

Favorite Vacation Destination: Beach

Favorite Time Of Day:  My workout time (which changes).

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Blue Nike top my daughter got me for Mother’s Day one year.

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: There are non-running leisure activities?

Favorite Running Shoe: Asics Nimbus

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: 6 Dunkin Donuts munchkins in the car, then pancakes and omelet the night before a race (Yes, it’s a pre-100 ritual!).

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: PB&Js and ginger ale at every aid station.

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Breakfast: usually an omelet.

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): The only pacers I have ever had:  Joell and Justin Chockley at The Hawk.  Crew:  Randy Albrecht, Paige Bergmeier, James Fox and Windy Shull.  All six of these people are truly AMAZING.  I finished my first 100 without crew or pacers, so I truly appreciated their help.  I couldn’t have broken the 50 mile record without James’s crew stop knowledge from doing triathlons.

Favorite Place To Run: Abandoned rail road track beds.

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Rails to Trails 100 type surfaces.

Favorite Famous Quote: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” ― John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running


Number of Years Running Ultras: 10 years.

Number of Ultras Finished:  (6) 100s, (1) 50, (1) 40.

Best Ultra Performance(s): Heartland 50, set course record for women, 2006.

Most Memorable Ultra: Each and every ultra has it’s ‘most memorable’ moment(s).  The most powerful moment was finishing the R2T 100/Kansas Grand Slam 2015 with Eric Steele (RD) and my daughter, Paige Bergmeier, at the finish line.  Still chokes me up to remember that feeling.

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: When training for the 50, I used a training schedule I found on line: http://www.runnersworld.com/ultramarathons/the-ultimate-ultramarathon-training-plan.  So I used it for 100s, too.

Injuries: None now, but the ones I battled the longest were plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuroma.  They kept me from getting to two or three starting lines in the past.

Ultrarunning Idol: I don’t know if idol is the right word, but the people who have helped me the most and to whom I look up to are:  Randy Albrecht, Tony Clark, Elden Galano, William Sprouse & Eric Steele.

Why Do You Run Ultras:  I wanted to run the 50 (my first) because my second marathon seemed boring and mainstream.  It’s the challenge of figuring out everything from the running, nutrition, and most of all your mind.  I tease people that I do it so I will have good stories to tell in the retirement home…oh and to hear people say, “100 miles, I don’t even drive that far.”

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Be as individually prepared as possible, but be humble.  It takes more than “just you” to get you to that ultra finish line.


Personal Hero: My daughter Paige.  She dreams big and isn’t afraid to go on her own path in life.

Personal Philosophy:  Failure is not an option.

Short-Term Goal: To travel more again.  We used to go on a real vacation at least once a year.

Long-Term Goal: To have a beach house.

Most Prized Possession: A ring I designed with Michael Beaudry himself.

Most Proud Achievement: Finishing the 2015 Kansas Grand Slam.

Happiest Memory: Raising Paige has brought me my happiest memories.

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: If I tell, it won’t be a secret!

Greatest Adventure:  When my daughter and I set out driving to the Grand Canyon.  No real set plan in place.  Every day, we chose about two or three fliers from the hotel and visited the sights on the way out and back (taking two different routes).  The greatest part was sharing it with Paige.


Least Liked Subject: PE when you had to line up to do an activity…lucky for me, my last name started with N and they usually had you line up starting with A or Z, so by the time the middle of the pack goes, people are distracted and they aren’t watching anymore.

Least Liked Household Chore: Dusting

Pet Peeve(s): Inconsiderate people.

Greatest Fear: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  ~Franklin D Roosevelt  …so I try to not to let my fears interfere with my hopes and dreams.


Book Currently Reading: I have five I have started…not sure any will get finished.

Hobbies: Running (duh…LOL), lifting weights, traveling.

Collections:  Does dust count?  (see least favorite household chore)

What’s next: Athens Marathon 2016.  Might as well do the one that started the long distance craze. Also in 2016, I want to pace/volunteer/crew to help other people fulfill their ultra dreams.

peggy&paigePeggy with her daughter, Paige.


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Featured Runner “Moraima Bailey” February 2016

kettle“Mory”, as affectionately called by her friends and family has become quite a challenge seeker and a loving character in the Midwest ultra-running community. She started her ultra adventures in 2010 participating as a runner and a volunteer with the same passion and dedication to both. After participating in 50ks, 60ks, 100ks she eventually answered the call of the “hundo” and recently set out to complete five 100 mile races in a period of 8 months, 4 of them being part of the 2015 Kansas Grand Slam of Ultra Running and one of them a Western States Qualifier…she completed them all.


Date of Birth: I’m a 70’s baby; January 10th 1970’s

Place of Birth: Fort Hood, Texas.  Raised in Germany and Puerto Rico

Currently Residing:  Indianapolis, IN

Marital Status: Fun relationship

Job(s): Global Supply Chain Validation Consultant at Roche Diagnostics, and part time Social Media Engagement Assistant

Children: None of my own but nieces, nephews and great nephews make up for it.

Height: 5’3″, a tid bit shorter than King Eric.

Weight: Hey…! Well, 130lbs.

Shoe Size: Men’s 9 or 9.5, have not found a comfortable women’s shoe for my long awkward feet. Plus, guys get the coolest colors.

Best Physical Feature: Friends say it’s my smile…I guess because it comes from the heart.

Worst Physical Feature: Second toe of each foot. Those things are so dang long that they are always the first to be banged and bruised…even walking around the house.

Religion: Christian

Political Affiliation: Independent

Educational Background: Regulatory compliance, engineering and manufacturing; BS, MS

Personal Strength(s): Optimism and Perseverance… traits that have been essential for distance running passion.

Personal Weakness(es): Empathy…has led me to be sucker punched more than once.

Make Of Car You Drive: 2002 GMC Yukon SLT. Not particular about cars, just as long as they take me and my stuff safely to race destinations.

Make Of Car You Would Like To Drive: If money was no obstacle; a toy car I would like to drive at least once is the 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, just to experience 788 hp.

Pets: Not at this time but had two beautiful furry buns for almost 19 years. If I do get dogie blues, I just help out at the shelters.


Favorite Author: Stephen King.

Favorite Book: The Shinning

Favorite Non-running Magazine: Outside, National Geographic

Favorite Movie: “Alien” and all the full series but I can’t deny it…Start Wars as well

Favorite TV Show: Don’t watch that much TV but I found the recent series Rome, House and Dexter quite entertaining. OK…at the time of this …well…they may be considered vintage.

Favorite Actor/Actress: Meryl Streep

Favorite Music: 80’s Rock

Favorite Musical Performer: Sting

Favorite Artist: Angel Botello

Favorite Spectator Sport: Not to much of a sport’s spectator, but I’d say basketball.

Favorite Subject in School: Science

Favorite Game: Charades

Favorite Vacation Destination: Anywhere new

Favorite Time Of Day: 11:11; day or night…binary geeks would get this.

Favorite Item Of Clothing: Inkn’Burn Firefly Skort

Favorite Non-Running Leisure Activity: Live comedy or theater

Favorite Running Shoe: Altra (Lone Peak 2.0, Torin)

Favorite Food/Drink During An Ultra: Besides Tailwind; I’d say ginger ale, hazelnut chocolate wraps…and the awesome energy treats or soups home made by the event volunteers. Those have one of the best ingredients….love.

Favorite Food/Drink Before An Ultra: Udon noodles soup or sushi or sweet potatoes with everything on it except sour cream… no midnight tooting please.

Favorite Food/Drink After An Ultra: Beer (the darker the better) and pizza. Recently the 100 mile pie from Tossed n’ Sauced…just to die for!

Favorite Crew/Pacer Person(s): I have only had three experiences with crews/pacers. The first was surprise at Kettle Moraine where a sweet couple I had just met while I volunteered for the Indiana Trail 100, showed up and were adamant to crew/pace for me. Humbling, because they offered their time, and care for me like I never thought possible. My second experience with crew was at the Honey Badger

where it was required but again, very humbling. Since then… I rely on my drop bags and the care of the ever giving aid station volunteers. But soon, very soon I will have the experience of a lifetime with my family being my crew; exciting and super scary at the same time.

Favorite Place To Run: For a close to Indiana home everyday run, Yellowood State Forest, Nashville, IN.

Favorite Type Of Running Surface: Dirt forest trails…hey but I’m not that picky, I’ll take roads with a view too.

Favorite Famous Quote: “the only true measure between your words and your deeds is the love you leave behind when you are gone.” ~F. Small


Number of Years Running Ultras: 6

Number of Ultras Finished: 26

Best Ultra Performance(s): Completing five (5) 100 mile races in a period of 8 months, 4 of them part of the 2015 Kansas Grand Slam of Ultrarunning

Most Memorable Ultra: Canyon de Chelly…never will forget the spiritual journey running in the sacred land of the Navajo, and my first EPIC Ultra @ Flatrock.

Typical Training Week(s) Before A Major Race: Before my first 100 mile race I would run 60-70 miles per week; after that it has been just maintenance with no more than 35-40 maybe less per week. Yup, defy’s the data analysis and statistical expectations; but I’ll add the magic hands of Dave Reed, Muscle Activation Therapy BS, MATn/Rx.

Injuries: Displaced fractured toes, knee strains (all of the funny “astus, oleus” named muscles), piriformis syndrome. Non-running related: Misaligned vertebrae due to car accidents (T-4, T-5), slipped ribs, bunions….hey these can hurt like crazy!

Ultrarunning Idol: Ann Trason, Nikki Kimball….and of course my dear friend Scott Jurek.

Why Do You Run Ultras:  It may sound quirky but at this time in this adventure called life I run with a dedication, something that fills my heart at that time, besides finding out how far I can go, its being out in beautiful trails surrounded by the wonderful ultra community and a passion that lights the fire within me.

Advice For Other Ultrarunners: Do the work, listen to your body, have a little patience, trust the fire within and lead one step at a time with an open heart…and a big smile…BELIEVE!.


Personal Hero: My parents Maria and Charles, for all they have done for me and for others.

Personal Philosophy:  BELIEVE and FIRE WITHIN.

Short-Term Goal: Complete another 100 mile series, and giving back to my community by running my dear Island Puerto Rico for the children of Puerto Rico.

Long-Term Goal: Complete a  multi stage race (MDS or 4 Deserts or if EPIC Ultras comes up with one…wink, wink).

Most Prized Possession: My memory…and “if” that fails…the pictures of all the wonderful people and places I have been blessed to experience and share with.

Most Proud Achievement: When I am able to make someone smile from the heart.

Happiest Memory: Blessed to have had so many that I cannot choose only one.

Secret Ambition/Fantasy: Run the Americas, from Canada to Tierra del Fuego!

Greatest Adventure:  Run the ancient trails of the Inca’s or any other ancient culture for that matter.


Least Liked Subject: Politics

Least Liked Household Chore: Cleaning bathrooms.

Pet Peeve during an Ultra: Uncontrolled “sloshing” of a hydration bladder! Just flip it upside down and suck the air pocket out, that’s not so hard. And the rattling of “pills” in a hard plastic container….geez, put them in a baggie!

Greatest Fear: Losing my memory.


Book Currently Reading: None at this time, too many regulatory documents to read at work.

Hobbies: Baking and Geology…yup, dirt and rocks.

Collections: Besides race “chachkis” (medals, buckles, trinkets, shirts), I collect a stone/rock from places I consider special…and yes, I do have one from Kansas!

What’s next: Proud to say that I have been honored by being invited as part of the select group of runners to run Puerto Rico from coast to coast to support the San Jorge Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of children. I get to run with my family by my side, and that is a dream come true.



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