VICTORY BAGS

Inspired by the experience of running the Western States 100 mile endurance race and designed by runner Victor Ballesteros, VICTORY BAGS are the evolution of a durable, compact and ultra-organized sports utility bag.

THANK YOU…

... for checking out Victory Sportdesign and the Victory Bags. The word is out and it goes a little something like this...

"Very helpful keeping items organized during a timed event. Your bag = efficiency and nice looking to boot."
-ANN TRASON (need we say more?)

"Ready for a weekend up on the mountain!" With all the essentials @thenorthface @injinji @Naturahealth and @Victorysportdesign”
-TIMMY OLSON, 2x Western States 100 Champion

“Don’t know what bag to use? Victory Sportdesign makes a popular drop bag with clear pockets that make it easy to identify your food and gear.”
-OUTSIDE ONLINE: The Top 10 Ultramarathon Training Tips

My Victory Bag was key in getting me in-and-out of checkpoints at my FASTEST ever Angeles Crest 100 miler by 1-hr, 13-min! I earned my 2nd SILVER buckle there in 4-attempts. Thanks, Victor!!!"
-JIMMY DEAN FREEMAN, head coach & founder: Coyote Running

“I’ve been a huge fan of Victory Bags since they launched back in 2012. Both my crew and I love the simplicity and ease of use and I can’t tell you how much time I’ve saved at aid stations while racing.
I’m looking forward to working with Victor and the rest of the team to represent the brand.”
-SALLY McRAE, 7th place female finisher Western States 100, 2015

This bag is the coolest run-related thing to come around in a really long time. Its design is inspired and it really does cut down on how long it takes to find the things you want when in an aid station.
-LISA HENSON, former editor UltraRunning Magazine

“I would not have run the Pinhoti 100 without my bags. They were most essential to my 25hour and 21 minute finish! Without question, your bags are one of the top five running gear (products) every runner should have. I will not run another Ultra without them. Thank you for a great running bag.”
-THOMAS E. BOOKER, Runner

“Spotted a Victory Sportdesign bag today at Run Woodstock in Hell, MI...I also used mine and loved it! Everything was so accessible and organized! Added some motivational pieces to the front of my Bear II as I start my training next week for my first 100 miler...Thanks Victory Sportdesign for keeping me organized & can't wait to see the Grizzly and all its possibilities!”
-JESSICA HEBBEN ERICSON, Runner

“The Victory Bag is handy everywhere, even in the Himalayas! Fueled me to 4th place!”
-BURT KEELY, runner/musician/entrepreneur

In addition to training bag and drop bag duties, my Bear II also performs well as commuter bag, carrying my work clothes to the office. A great product, one of my most valuable running accessories!
-CHRIS BASSETT, Runner

...And the list goes on. That's a lot of good mojo from folks who have been diggin' their VICTORY BAGS! Check them out yourself, and see why we've become "the greatest gear bag ever!"

Also, check out our Blog: TO THE VICTOR... and see what's what about what in our experience of the trail, road, and ultrarunning world. Thanks again!

- May you run long and well. -v

TEAM VICTORY

CAROLINE BOLLER

Caroline /Photo: Michigan Bluff Photography

Caroline competes in distances from the marathon to 100 miles. Voted #4 Ultrarunner of the Year (UROY) for 2016, she ran the fastest women’s 50-mile trail time ever recorded by a North American resident at the Brazos Bend 50 miler in December, 2016, setting the overall course record in the process (5:48). Caroline was the 2016 USATF 50k Road National Champion and is the Masters American Record holder (40-44) (3:22). She ran for Team USA at the 50k Road World Championships. Caroline participated in the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials, was 6th American at the 2016 Houston Marathon (2:44), and won the 2015 Santa Rosa Marathon. On the trail, Caroline holds numerous course records from 50k to 100k and was the 2015 Montrail Ultra Cup Champion. A resident of California, Caroline is a wine industry attorney, a wife and mother of two young boys. ultrarunnermama.com

KELSIE CLAUSEN

10647065_10204210726164617_2486983092450465755_nKelsie is a California native transplanted to Washington with a passion for exploring the outdoors. You will often find her munching on dark chocolate, hugging trees, or bounding along trails with flowers in her hair. Kelsie started trail running in high school and quickly found a niche with the Marin ultra running scene. She is always chasing big dreams and getting inspired by the amazing people & places in the sport. In 2013, she competed as the youngest ever female of the CCC 100k in the French Alps; 4 months later, she earned 5th female at the Bandera 100k. While not on the trail, Kelsie has her BS in Biology from Cal Poly, hoping to become a doctor or physician’s assistant to help children.  runkelsierun.blogspot.com

CHRIS DeNUCCI

Western States_-71 PC_Justin BrittonChris starting running later in life after realizing life was too short to not seek adventure and pursue your dreams! In 2015, Chris burst on the national ultrarunning scene with podium finishes at several competitive races and USATF National Championships. Since then, Chris has racked up wins at the American River 50 mile, Squamish 50/50 and a top 10 finish at the Western States 100 mile.  Chris is driven by a passion for challenge and love of nature. Chris races all terrains, all distances and is always looking for a new adventure. Chris has an MD and a PhD and is currently training at Stanford Medical Center as Sport Medicine Radiologist. www.denuchrunning.wordpress.com

 

LUCY

LucySince she was a tiny pup, Lucy has been a lover of the trail and everything wild that lives upon it. Her enthusiasm for running is only rivaled by her love of squeaky toys and the ability to keep them all organized in her own VICTORY BAG. As a fierce competitor, she’ll take the lead at any event. And if you look like a deer, forget about it!

 

 

JORGE MARAVILLA

JorgeA legendary Ultrarunner, Jorge Maravilla is one of the most respected names in professional ultrarunning. A two time U.S. National Trail Running Champion (100K and 100 mile distances), Jorge continues to compete on the national and international ultrarunning stage. Jorge is bilingual (Spanish, English) and comfortable speaking in public about his unique background and journey into ultrarunning.  jorgemaravilla.com

 

 

JENNY MAIER

JennyJenny’s sense of adventure and love of the mountains is what started her on her path to racing her first ultra in 2013.  Shortly thereafter, she left her career as a lawyer to pursue her passion for working in the outdoors industry full-time.  In 2015, Jenny won her first 100K trail race in Santa Barbara, and she has her sights set on earning a 100-mile buckle in the near future.  Jenny is a running coach, personal trainer and yoga instructor who loves supporting others in achieving their goals, which regularly extends to ultra crew duty for her boyfriend Chris DeNucci.  Feeding her gear-junkie tendencies, you can often find Jenny filling in at San Francisco Running Company where she has worked her shoe guru magic for over three years.  When she isn’t running (or crewing or coaching) you can find her taking awesome Instagram selfies with her dog, Henry. apuffyjacketwalksintoabar.com

KEN MICHAL

(Photo: Michael Li)Ken is a Sagittarius who loves moonlit nights and long walks in the park!  😉  He is an avid trail/ultra runner with multiple 100 and 200 mile finishes including 3rd at Pigtails Challenge 200, and finishes at Tahoe 200, Western States 100 and the extremely difficult HURT 100 among others!  He loves ultras and enjoys giving back to the community when he’s not racing!  Ken is the host/producer of the long time running, Running Stupid podcast!  His favorite distance is over 100 miles, with plans of much longer than 200 in the near future! “All Day!” is his mantra, slogan, war cry and way of life! You’re sure to find him out rocking the trails with a smile and Victory Sportdesign gear! “I love Victory Sportdesign because it really helps me get in and out of aid stations, quickly and efficiently!!  I’m not a fast runner so I like to spend as little time at AS’s as possible to stay on top of the game and out on the course All Day!”  runningstupid.net

KEN NEELY

Me-n-KenKen took up running for fitness in 2009 and quickly progressed into trail and ultra running. He’s a two-time Western States 100 finisher with numerous Northern California notches in his belt, including Miwok 100k, The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile, Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, and American River 50 Mile. As an original adopter of Victory Sportdesigns products, Ken has provided essential wear testing. “It is important to be organized in the pursuit of long distance running. Victory Drop Bags help me stay focused on the run, so my crew and I can enjoy the rest.” wander-place.blogspot.com

PATRICK REAGAN

PatrickPatrick is a Hoka One One athlete native to Southwestern PA and currently lives in Savannah GA. He is passionate about running in the coastal southeast and exploring the Appalachian Mountains. Reagan’s ultra-running career began with a runner-up finish at the 2016 USATF 100K Road National Championships.  He finished his 2016 season with two international podium finishes: 3rd at the UltraVasan 90K in Mora, Sweden and 3rd at the IAU 100K World Championships in Los Alcazares, Spain. In 2007-2010, he attained a B.S. in Exercise Science while competing in cross country/track and field at Slippery Rock University.  Reagan is serving his fifth year as Head Cross Country Coach at Savannah College of Art & Design. Patrick reads a ton of science/historical fiction novels.  He has a healthy infatuation with coffee and obsessively listens to Pre-WW2 Ragtime, Jazz, and Jug Band Records.  Reagan lives in the Baldwin Park Neighborhood of Savannah with his girlfriend Adrienne and their two dogs, Oy and Koda. Career Highlights: 2016 IAU 100K World Championships- 3rd Place-6:35.42, 2016 UltraVasan 90K- 3rd Place- 6:18.12, 2016 USATF 100K Road National Championships- 2nd Place-6:35.56, 2016 USATF Olympic Trials Marathon-33rd Place, 2016 Jacksonville Bank 1/2 Marathon-1:04.29, 2 X NCAA Division II Cross Country All-American patrickreaganrunning.com

 

ALEX VARNER
AlexGrew up in San Rafael and started running in high school at The Branson School (Ross, CA). Ran cross country, indoor, and outdoor track at Davidson College. After graduating, started running local road races and slowly moved up in distance to my first marathon in 2011 (San Francisco). Set my marathon PR of 2:21:40 at Boston in 2013. Ran my first 50k in August of 2013 (Headlands 50k). Won the 50k National Trail Championships in November 2013 (Bootlegger 50k). 7th at 2014 Western States Endurance Run. 3rd at 2014 TNF50 CA. 2015 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Champion.  2x member of team USA at the IAU Ultra Trail World Championships. Won the Fastest Time Award at The Dipsea Race 6 years in a row and won the Double Dipsea 3 years in a row (and set a CR in 2012). andmilestogobeforeieat.wordpress.com

ETHAN VENEKLASEN

Ethan (Photo: Tanner Johnson)

Ethan Veneklasen doesn’t do anything half way. -In 2002, inspired by the documentary film, A Race for the Soul, he ran his first ultramarathon, the Dick Collins Firetrails 50, 10-weeks to the day after he started running and immediately put his name into the Western States Endurance Run lottery. Miraculously, his name was drawn and 11 months after that first run, he completed the 2003 Western States 100.  Perhaps more importantly, Western States is where he met his wife, 4-time Western States runner-up, Emma Winfield. Having a spouse that shares his passion for the trails keeps him both inspired and grounded (or so he says). Most weekends you can find them out together, exploring the Northern California trails.  Ethan loves to race! Trail or road, pin a number on him, shoot a gun and it’s “game on”! As a masters runner, he is most competitive at races between 50K and 100K. Over the last 13 years, he has completed the Western States 100, Vermont 100 and Cascade Crest 100. While he loves the sheer audacity of running 100-miler events, he claims that he hasn’t really figured out the distance. “The longer the race, the more things that can go wrong. I’ve made nearly every mistake in the book, but that’s part of the fun of it” he says. Even more than the thrill of racing, Ethan is passionate about the ultrarunning community. Nothing makes him happier than being among our tribe; whether racing or volunteering at a race. As he puts it, “Ours is the only sport I can think of in which elite, competitive athletes genuinely respect, admire and celebrate the accomplishments of recreational participants. How cool is THAT???” In addition to Victory Sportdesign, Ethan is sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE, Ultimate Direction, VFuel  and Julbo. When he’s not training, racing or managing his sports marketing agency, Ethan is the Co-Host of UltraRunner Podcast. ethanveneklasen.com