Running is all about embracing your passion and doing what you love. Jeff found the sport of ultra/trail running in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. He has run ultras up to 100k in length and primarily focuses on distance between 50k and 50 miles. His 50 Mile PR was set at Rocky Raccoon 50 miler in 2016 with a time of 6:23:14! He will be taking on his first 100 Mile race in 2017 at Western States which he qualified for by earning a Golden Ticket at Bandera 100K. Victory Bags are his go to for training, racing and traveling. www.exploringendurance.com
My name is Dan Bucci, and I am a runner from Houston, Texas. I started running when I was 23 years old in 2006 after putting on some weight after getting my first job and eating like a fool. At first, I started walking 1 mile a day after work, this evolved into a jog, and then 3 mile runs. By the summer of 2007 I was running 40 miles a week and decided it’d be fun to run a marathon. My life changed one day in mid-October when I crossed the finish line of the Atlantic City Marathon in 3:52. Since that day I have run 40+ more marathons or ultras and have lowered my marathon time by 60 minutes (2:52:55 PR). I have become fairly “competitive” in small local events and have notched up 5 marathon wins and one ultra win in the last 2 years as well as many podium finishes. In 2016, I completed my first 50 miler in 7:04 and a 3rd place overall finish. I do this all while running with almost nothing on my feet as I am a firm believer in the benefits of minimalist running. Recently I have gotten more into trail running, and have just joined up with the Trail Racing Over Texas Team (Team TROT) for the 2016 season. I am excited for this opportunity and all the good that comes along with it, including some wonderful sponsorships. When I’m not running, I’m generally doing something low key, like reading, or watching a good show on TV. I have a wonderful cat named Coors, and a wonderful family in the great state of Rhode Island (my home state), that continues to support my crazy endeavors. www.gulfcoasting.wordpress.com
I found trail running early in 2012 after using running as a way to help me continue to lose weight. Shortly there after I finished my first 50 miler and a year later my first 100 miler. I then started to race direct 2 races in 2014 as a way to bring Trail Racing Into the Houston area. I decided to dedicate my life to race directing in 2015 with 11 races. For me personally as much as I love to run, I love watching people accomplish their dreams even more. www.robgoyen.com
Katie has been an avid runner for the past 17 years, but just found her niche with ultra running back in December 2014. She has been dipping her toes so to speak in various distances ranging from 50K’s to 100-milers. Katie has won 7/10 ultramarathons she has competed in. She plans on running a 200-miler this year and is eager to find out which distance she prefers. When she is not running, Katie loves to volunteer, hang out with friends, cook, read, camp, and do arts/crafts. Katie is currently residing in Austin, Texas, but grew up in Upstate New York. While her roots and many of her family/friends are back East, Katie has felt the most connected to Alaska, where she was living for three years prior to moving to Texas. Katie is a licensed counselor and is passionate about helping others. She is excited about starting the transition into private practice, where she plans to start motion therapy, coaching, and continue individual therapy.
Julie was never an athlete in school, but dabbled in road running in her 20’s. She switched to trail and ultra’s after moving to Texas in 2012. Since her first ultra in March 2013, She has run 50 with no DNFs. SHe has won 4 100 mile races, including the Habenero Hundred in August 2015 wher she was the only finisher. For a Minnesota girl, it’s remarkable that her favorite races are hot, mid-summer ultras in Texas. Thankfully, her Victory Bags have insulated bottle holders to keep her cool. Julie works for the University of Texas and is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. www.runningasprayer.
Jeff ran his first ultra in 2009, the KEYS 50 miler and was immediately hooked. Shortly after, he ran his first 100 mile trail run, Ironhorse Endurance Run 100 in 2010. After spending the next several years reading and talking to fellow trail runners in the trail running community, he began focusing on honing his ultra running skills. Finally, in 2014, Jeff had a break out year. At Rocky Raccoon 100 mile, part of the Montrail Ultra Cup, which boasts a stacked field, he finished in 16:46:59, placing 15th overall and 2nd place in his age group. Next, he rattled off a series of 2nd place finishes, including: Hells Hills 50 km, Devil’s Lake 50 mile, and Wild Hare 50km. Most importantly, two of Trail Racing Over Texas’ Brazos Bend races in April and December set the stage for two milestone PRs. In April, at the Brazos Bend 50 mile trail race he ran a 6:55:46, good for 5th place and at the December Brazos Bend 100 mile trail race he ran a 15:42:35, finishing 1st overall and setting a new 100 mile PR (a top 25 100 mile time in the US in 2014). While focusing on a full time legal career and a reserve U.S. Coast Guard career, Jeff continued to build on 2014 and 2015’s successes. At both Rocky Raccoon 50km and The North Face Endurance Challenge, Washington, DC 50km he finished he finished 5th overall. Leveraging those two finishes, he went on to race The Canyons Endurance Runs 100km, finishing just outside the top 10 at 12th place. 2017’s goals include a variety of events, including a Boston Marathon qualifying time, Bryce Canyon 100 (Western States qualifier), Wings For Life World Run, Sunrise Florida, as well as finishing a half marathon, marathon, 50km, 50 miler, 100km, and 100 mile run as well as a 100 mile bike ride and iron distance triathlon.
My name is Calum Neff, I’m a Canadian born in Scotland living in Texas with many countries part of my life in-between. I’ve pretty much lived out of a bag my whole life and continue with the traveling active lifestyle making Victory a perfect fit. I began running at the age of 4 in a kids 1k race and quickly moved up in distance doing 10k’s when I was 9 and some longer trail races when I was 14. I’ve always kept in touch with the track and XC racing but mountain, ultra, trail running rejuvenated my running desire. The road marathon has been my main focus the past couple years but you will still see me drop a fast mile or spend a full day in the mountains. I have a wife and two little girls who love to join me in the stroller for a run (the kids that is). I keep myself busy between work, family, and running so balance is key to everything working, part of that balance is organization & simplicity which is where the Victory bags come into play. One week my Bear II will be packed full of ultra running gear for a race in Turkey and the, next diapers and bottles for a stroller run. I’m always on the go and encourage everyone to lead a healthy active lifestyle full of their passions, whatever they may be, Get In- Get Out, Get Moving! www.neff.run