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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: 14 time winner Western States 100 mile endurance run & multiple distance record holder.

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

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

“In addition to training bag, my Bear Bag 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

“This bag is the coolest gear and travel bag 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 as well as train station!”
-LISA HENSON, former editor UltraRunning Magazine

…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 beyond. Thanks again!

TEAM VICTORY/TRAIL RACING OVER TEXAS

JEFF BALL

Jeff B.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 100 Miles in length and primarily focuses on distance between 50k and 50 miles. One of his biggest running accomplishments so far was winning a Golden Ticket for Western States at Bandera 100K in 2017. Victory Bags are his go to for training, racing and traveling. www.exploringendurance.com

 

 

DENA CARR

Dena C.My name is Dena Carr and I’m a runner from Copperas Cove, Texas. While I’m not new to running, I’m new to Texas trails as my family has been recently transplanted to Texas due to the military. I’m a homeschooling mom to 8 children between the ages of 17 mo-16yrs. I run in my free time and have been blessed to run with a few of my children including training my oldest for his first 50miler recently. I’ve been running since 1995 when I joined cross country in HS. I found a love for trails then. I ran my first road marathon in November of 2006, just months after my third child was born. I then went on to run my first 50k in January of 2007. I found a love for running long distance at that time! I went on and had 5 more children and would run a race in between pregnancies but couldn’t really get into racing for long before I would be blessed with another baby on the way. Last year, 2017, was my year to shine and realize a glimmer of my potential as a runner as I was able to run 6 ultra races, including 2 -100 mile races, and a trail marathon, placing first place female in 6 of the races. I have also joined Trail Racing Over Texas for the 2018 racing season! My favorite distances so far is 50mi-100mi. My goals for 2018 include racing many races between 50-100 miles and train to run my first 200 mile race in 2019 to celebrate turning 40!”

ROB GOYEN

Rob Goyen (and Rachel)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 GRAFF

PC: Scott Rokis

PC: Scott Rokis

Katie has been an avid runner for the past 19 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 200-milers. She is eager to try different events and challenges. This year, she is going to try her first stage and international race in Nepal. 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.  Katie is a licensed counselor and provides individual and couple’s therapy at her private practice. She also coaches part-time and is excited to help more athletes pursue their goals. www.katiegraff.com

 

TREVOR MEDING

Hello my name is Trevor Meding. Before the age of 35 I rarely ran…..and I mean rarely. So at the young age of 35 and just coming off a long winter worked in the oilfield in Alberta, Canada I was feeling a bit out of shape (cause I was) and fearing I was setting a bad example for my 3 daughters. I found an half marathon and went on a 5 week couch-to-half self-training program to get it done. I completed this goal and got hooked on the running process. I looked around for my next goal and stumbled upon trail running. Ever since I have not looked back. Later in 2016 after 6 months into running, I took on my first ultramarathon. The following year, 14 months into running I ran and completed my first 100 mi race. During this time I’ve learned I dislike structured training and love the race atmosphere, so I do a lot racing. As of Feb-2019, I have now run 35 ultramarathons, the latest being the Franklins 200 mi where I placed 3rd overall. More trails await as I continue to show my daughters that anything is possible with a little hard work (#ultrarunningdad). Instagram: @trevormeding. Facebook athlete page: @TrevorMedingRuns

SHANDRA MOORE

Shandra MooreI started running when I was 24. A minor injury to my hand prevented me from practicing the harp and I found myself filling the time by running further and further. My hand eventually healed but I didn’t stop running. After about 7 years of running roads and many marathons I started to get bored. Luckily a friend invited me to a 50 mile trail race. I hadn’t run trails before and my longest run was the marathon but it sounded like a great adventure so I signed up. I of course made every mistake in the book but still managed to finish and despite the pain was totally hooked. I jumped into a 100 miler on a whim less than 3 months later. I’ve been running trails and ultras for 2 years now and I look forward to taking on all the new challenges they offer.

LUIS MURILLO

Luis MurilloMy name is Luis Murillo, I was born in San Miguel De Allende Guanajuato Mexico, as a child I always enjoyed going to the mountains and exploring around. I started running around 2010 as a workout. In 2011 I was introduced to road running by my younger brother and ran my first 5k later on I started increasing my racing distances, as a challenge that eventually led in to Ultra running. I went through a lot of pain and suffering , but in the end I finished and it was the most incredible feeling of accomplishment. From there on I was hooked , I love the adrenaline pumping as I race head to head with some amazing runners. I plan on running till my body can no longer run. My favorite distance is the 100k, but I race anything from a mile to 100 ++ miles.

JEFF MILLER

Jeff M.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.

CALUM NEFF

Calum NeffMy 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

MEG REED

My name is Megan (Meg) Reed. I live in the great Texas Hill Country and I am a trail and ultra runner. Sports and the outdoors has always been my passion, but it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I took up running. After a couple road races, my passion for the nature, travel and adventure led me to trail and eventually Ultras. Running for me is a way to clear the mind and challenge the body’s capabilities. I spent a majority of life afraid to step out of my comfort zone but discovered, through running, a whole other world of possibilities. Outside of running, I am a middle school language arts teacher, coach and mentor for a very special group of children. I have a wonderful fiancé, Joe, and a crazy, sprinting dog named Anna. I welcome any chance to explore new places and venture away from city lights. Victory bags are the perfect fit from the classroom to the trails and everything in between.

JULIE SCHMAL

Julie S.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 finished 66 ultras with only 2 DNFs. She has won 5 100 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.blogspot.com

PATRICK SWEENEY

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MATT ZMOLEK

Matt Z.I’ve been a runner my whole life, but it wasn’t until five years ago that I discovered ultra running and instantly was addicted. As I have increased my annual race count, I have met some of the best people in the world. Not only that, but I feel like I’ve become a better person because of ultra running. My favorite racing distance is 100 miles. Even though I’ve completed over a dozen now, they continually offer me a huge challenge. Every race is a growing experience for myself. Although there is obviously a huge physical effort that goes into running 100 miles, my favorite part of racing 100 miles is the mental game. While racing all day (literally), I love the time I get to spend working out my own life problems as well as the time I spend continually convincing myself that everything’s going to be okay if I just keep going and not worrying about how long it will take. The reward of finishing 100 miles, regardless of how quickly you finish, is amazing. You might not finish as well as you would have hoped, but you can look at it as an “In your face” to the bad race day you had and that you didn’t quit.