- Winning Leadville 100-mile trail run (2016; 2nd fastest women’s time ever, 19 hours)
- Winning the inaugural 80k Thailand Mountain Ultramarathon (2014)
- 2nd Black Canyon 100k (2017; earning Golden Ticket to Western States Endurance Run)
- Winning Aspen Power of Four 25k & setting CR (2016)
- 5th The North Face Endurance Challenge Champs CA (2016)
- 2nd USA 30k Trail Championships (2016)
- Proud member of Princeton Women’s Cross Country and Track programs (2010 – 2014)
Childhood: Grew up with an incredibly supportive, loving and competitive family. I was fortunate to attend an outrageously awesome public school system in Englewood, Colorado, with life-changing coaches and teachers. My grandparents and family cheered loud and proud at myriad sporting events. My dad cajoled me into mountain adventures growing up, and I tried to keep up with my two older brothers and minimize my crying episodes. I’m now the one cajoling my dad to join Type-II-fun mountain pursuits. My mom’s smart enough to stay out of the stupid-zone and stick to the well-paved trails where she doesn’t waste her time 🙂
College: Went to Princeton where I studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and ran four years of cross-country and track. My extracurriculars involved Greening Princeton and the University Cottage Club. Libations to those splendid, sleepless, and joyous friend-filled times. I raced steeplechase in track, but heart was always on the cross-country course. I never raced particularly well, especially compared to my crusher Tiger teammates, many of whom have gone on to the Olympic Trials and beyond. My academic work focused on coral reef ecology; I researched ocean acidification for a summer in Bermuda. A summer later, I researched little baby juvenile coral and the effect of crevices on their survival in Palau (small island nation east of the Philippines), under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Doropoulos. Anyone who spends more than three hours with knows that that summer in Palau, with the coolest Australian advisor, was one of the most impactful times of my life, along with the foundation for my undergraduate thesis and first journal publication.
Post-College: Three days after graduating from Princeton, I began teaching English in a rural village in Southern Thailand at a Thai-government-funded boarding school with over 700 underprivileged students, through the fellowship program Princeton in Asia. Check out my blog, written with a fellow co-teacher and dear friend, Brady, from the year.
In fall 2015, I returned to Thailand (after working at a brewery in CO for the summer and breaking my foot in the Leadville Marathon) to establish a non-profit swim and environmental stewardship program with a co-teacher, Haley Read. Check out the website! For anyone who wonders why I continually hashtag “earthraging” – this should shed insight. For those uninterested in opening another Internet browser, earthraging means enjoying Mother Earth while simultaneously taking care of her and respecting her and her many inhabitants.
Past Year: Winter of 2016 I, returned home to Colorado, moved to Boulder, and scribed (wrote charts for doctors), in Emergency Rooms around the Denver Metro area because I thought I wanted to apply to medical school. No regrets there. I joined the renowned trail community, made instant friends with rad people, and had my inaugural skimo season with my Dad. After skiing more than running all winter and spring, I raced myself into fitness and ran my first hundred, the Leadville 100 (and won).
During this time of competitive shorter races, I was taking Organic Chemistry II at CU Boulder, one of the few prerequisites left for applying to medical school. It brought my motives for wanting to become a doctor to a head; it was clear the path was not mine. As a wise friend said during this stressful month of career-pondering and self-flagellation over dropping a course, “If you’re on the right path, doors will open. If you’re on the wrong path, it’s a dark, lonely tunnel.”
Even though my path isn’t straight, or equipped with a roadmap, I feel like I’m on at least one path that isn’t dark, but has big open windows and sliding barn doors. To pay for the inevitable costs of life, I’m currently tutoring. I can’t complain and only look forward to the next trip, whether it is to a trail in my backyard, an hour away in the high country, a few states away, or a few oceans away. The world is our oyster and I’m grateful to be a little pearl looking for other little pearls to play with, and to help our fellow creatures survive and thrive along our way.
Goals for the near future:
Slay Western States
Spread environmental consciousness among my trail and skimo communities; give back locally, and internationally. Publish something, anything, that’s been fermenting, aging, in my computer for the past half-decade.
Photo: Clayton Boyd http://www.claytonboydphotography.com/