I began my racing career as a cross country runner. By my early twenties, I had participated in
countless road races and a handful of marathons and even one half Ironman triathlon in 1983.
In the 1990s, I took up kayaking and long distance hiking, and in 2000, I discovered mountain biking.
I had competed in a dozen or so mountain bike races when I discovered
adventure racing. My first race was in a 12 hour race in
the mountains of North Carolina. Since then, I have competed in close to a
hundred adventure races around the country ranging in length from 6 hours to 10
In 2004, I did over 20 races including a solo effort at the 5 day 2004 Beast of
the East. I focused a good bit on becoming a better navigator by doing many
rogaines and orienteering events.
In 2005, I continued practicing my navigation with solo racing, but also entered
several adventure races with teams and ended with the Beast of the East - a 5 day
adventure in 35 degree rain.
In 2006, I did my first expedition race - the 10 day Eco Primal Quest
in the Utah desert.
We finished 24th on the full course.
In 2007, I took up ultra-marathoning and
also started competing at some international adventure races
(the 2007 AR World Championships
and the 2007 Australia XPD
To end the year, I competed with the Yogaslackers in the USARA National
Championship 30 hour race. We finished 14th out of 80 teams.
In 2008, I competed the 10 day Primal Quest in Montana (Action Learning), won the 4 day Coast
Raid in Canada (Yogaslackers), and competed in Guadelupe Challenge in the
Carribbean for 6 days. In October, I finally stopped to rest my torn left
2009 saw 3 expedition races (Patagonia, Explore Sweden, Primal Quest South
Dakota) and a 3rd place finish at USARA Nationals along with 15 other races
around the US.
In 2010, I competed in my first stage running race - the Trans Alpine 8 day
run. I also joined Team Odyssey and we won the Checkpoint Tracker National
Championship race in Utah, and were the first Master's team at the USARA
National Championship race in Pennsylvania (6th overall).
Team Odyssey also won the USARA point series.
In 2011, I took the year off to travel the world.
Of course, I squeezed in the Patagonia Expedition race in February, the USARA
National Championship race in Oct (Team Odyssey retained the Master's title),
and competed in the AR World Championship race in Tasmania (26th of 80 teams).
Somewhere in all that, I had surgery on my left groin and my left shoulder.
So far in 2012, I have finally conquered the Patagonia Expedition race (10th
with the Dancing Pandas), and competed in several US races. I'm off to
Scotland for the Adidas Terrex 5 day race in August, and back to AR Worlds in
the French Alps in September. After those, I'm looking towards 2013 and some
more stage running and perhaps the Alaska Wilderness Challenge.