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 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 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.
Since 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!
A 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’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 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 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
I started running at the age of 22, back in Germany with the goal of finishing a marathon. I did so and after just 3 months of running finished with a time of 2:56. Here we are 27 years later, now living in the USA since 1997, still running, longer and more hills these days but not planning on slowing down, even after recent surgery for a torn labrum and FAI in the hip. Besides running I love trekking with my 12 and 14 year old boys and we have been to many amazing places in the Sierras, Alps, Rockies and even thru hiked the Tahoe Rimtrail in Summer of 2016. Outside of running I am lucky to have a fun job as creative director working mostly in the wine industry creating brands and helping existing brands succeed. – two time member of the German National Team Trail Ultra at World Championships – course record holder Tahoe Rimtrail 50mile (7:52, only runner sub 8 hours) – 50k and 50mile PR’s (50km 3:12:32, 50 mile 5:56:17) – 2011 RRCA National Champion Masters 100 Mile Trail – Masters 2nd place at CIM at age 46 (2:36) – 3rd place overall American River 2014 – Leadville 100, Tahoe Rimtrail 100 and Western States 100 Finisher. www.ThomasReiss.com
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