My love of sports started young at 5 years of age. I raced BMX bicycles and competed in the national championships until the age of 9. At age 13 I took up alpine ski racing and quickly ascended to the top ranks nationally.
While in high school I competed in 4 sports, Skiing, Wrestling, Cross Country Running and Track and Field. I always enjoyed running through the trails of Folsom and Rocklin California.
While skiing, I gained access to some of the country’s
top athletic trainers who worked for the US National Team. By age 16 I’d developed a passion for fitness that was unquenchable. I was a gym rat for the next 5 years as I pursued my dream to compete in skiing for my country in the Olympics. A back injury cut short my pursuit of that dream at the age of 18. My passion for running was born while laid up for months with that injury. I witnessed on TV a documentary about the Western States 100 mile endurance race. Unsure of my abilities to recover I made a pact with myself, one day I would compete in that race.
I attended college at the University of Nevada in Reno in 1997
and competed on the ski team for 2 years where I once again had access to some elite level trainers. I resumed running in college sticking to the 5k and 10k distances until running my first Marathon in 2004. A knee injury as well as my role in the family advertising agency kept me occupied until 2009.
Less than a day after I completed the Tahoe Rim Trail 50k in 2009 I knew I’d found a sport that rivaled my passion for ski racing. Since that day I've done everything I could to soak up knowledge and experience from some of the sports elite. In July of 2011 I ran my first 100 mile race, the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 and qualified for the Western States Lottery. In 2012 competed in and finished the Western States 100 and in doing so lived up to that promise I made myself 16 years ago.
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