The Inspiration Behind Our Products
UltrAspire athletes are among the top contenders in the sport of running. From running ultra marathons to extreme trail running, our athletes live to run! Special thank you to all of our Elite Immortals, Store Ambassadors, R&D Team, and Immortal Ambassadors.
UltrAspire Immortal Ambassadors: Ashley Nordell, Barry Lewis, Brendan Gilpatrick, Brett Hileman, Bruce Grant, Carolina Fuentes, Chris Talley, Clark Zealand, Damian Edwards, Denise Bourassa, Erin Machan, Greg Wingo, Jeff Davenport, Jennifer Cook, Joel Rodriguez, Jonathan Hoffman, Jordan Lafreniere, Kathleen Egan, Lance McDermott, Michael King, Mindy Randall, Phillip Theodore, Rebekah Trittipoe, Shawna Lynn, Stephanie Weigel, Tovi Monllor
Magdalena Lewy Boulet Elite Immortal
Karl Meltzer Elite Immortal
In 1989, I moved to Utah to become a “ski bum”. I was always a runner in high school, and one of those kids who was pretty good at just about every hand-eye coordination sport that we could come up with. After one season, and skiing approximately 120 days, I decided to stay in Utah to see how fun summer can be living near the Wasatch Mountain Range. I started running in the summer of 1990. Although I was always a runner in school, I hadn’t run in 3 years, and was feeling a bit out of shape. My first run was up in higher Little Cottonwood Canyon near Alta, Utah. From that day on, I became a “running bum”. I did continue to ski each of the next 7 years, roughly 100 days a season, but became more and more addicted to the running bug. Each season I would work as much as possible to save money, then take summer’s off so I could run as much as possible, and race a few times over the summer. My biggest race of the year soon became the Pikes Peak Marathon. My best finish at Pikes Peak was 4th and 4th. (I doubled in 1998). From this point on, I became an ultrarunner with a passion for going as far as possible, as fast as possible, while enjoying every minute of it. My first Ultra came in 1996. A friend of mine recommended the Wasatch 100. I entered with the goal of simply to finish. I finished that first 100 mile run in 28:26. From this point on, I have now completed 121 Ultramarathons and 12 trail marathons. I currently hold the world record for most 100 mile wins, with 37. Also 15 years in a row of winning at least one, 100 mile win. I also hold he World Record for most golf holes played in 12 hours, with 229.This year, in 2016, I'll be making my 3rd attempt at the Thru Hike record on the Appalachian Trail starting on or around August 5th, 2016.I have been coaching ultrarunners online since 2008. I currently run for Ultraspire, Red Bull, HokaOneOne, Drymax Socks, Ryders Eyewear.I am the Race Director of the Speedgoat Mountain Races at Snowbird, UT
Jeff Browning Elite Immortal
(photo credit: Colin Meagher)Jeff found running naturally by roaming free exploring on his family's 700-acre farm in Missouri. Running to meet neighbor kids at the creek, running to his grandparents’ house to score ice cream out of their deep freeze, or running to get a tool from the shop for his Father. No matter what — he was moving. And, from a young age both his grandfather and father instilled a deep passion for the outdoors and the rhythm of the seasons. His connection with trail running and nature is pure and primal — a meditative experience. His chance to unplug and reconnect with wild places and be a wild and free farm kid again. He balances his time between a graphic design consulting business, and a wonderful wife and three kids, and running in the mountains every spare moment.
Ultra Marathon Highlights
1st 2016 HURT100 Mile Endurance Run
3rd 2015 Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji (105-miler, Japan)
1st 2015 Ultra Fiord 174K (108-miler, Patagonia Chile)
1st 2014 Grindstone 100 Mile Endurance Run
1st 2014 Smith Rock 50k
1st 2014 Zion 100 Mile Endurance Run (course record)
1st 2013 San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run
1st 2012 Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run
1st 2012 San Diego 100 Mile Endurance Run (course record)
1st 2012 Silver State 50k2011 USATF Master’s 50k Trail Champion (Flagline 50k)
1st 2010 Cascade Crest 100 Mile (course record)
1st 2010 Silver State 50 Mile
1st 2009 Ozark Trail 100 Mile (former course record)
1st 2009 Virgil Crest 100 Mile, formerly Iroquois 100 (course record)
1st 2008 Bighorn 100 Mile
1st 2007 Mt. Diablo 50k
1st 2007 Arkansas Traveller 100
1st 2006 Bighorn 100 Mile (former course record)
1st 2005 Bighorn 100 Mile
Ian Sharman Elite Immortal
(photo credit: Matt Trappe)I'm an online ultrarunning coach, Director of the Altra US Skyrunner Series, journalist and runner who has represented England and been selected for the GB 100k team. I've been ultra running since 2005 and coaching since 2010, completing over 200 ultras and marathons in over 30 countries globally in every type of weather and on all terrains. Recently I've had success as the 2015 and 2013 Leadville Trail Champion, Grand Slam of Ultrarunning record holder and finished in the top 10 at Western States 100 for the past six consecutive years.
Bree Lambert R&D Team
Favorite Gear: Bio: Bree Lambert is a Personal Trainer, Performance Coach and Nationally Ranked Ultrarunner living in the South Bay Area. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has completed Masters Coursework in Kinesiology from San Jose State University. In 2013 Bree was named Female Masters Grand Prix Ultra Champion by the USA Track and Field Pacific Association. Bree is also a Two Time 100 mile National Trail Champion, Tahoe Rim Trail 100. In 2014 Bree placed 2nd at Miwok 100k, 4th at UROC (Ultra Race of Champions) 100k, and 5th at Montrail Ultra Cup Sean O’ Brien 50mile. She also competed in the USATF 50 mile Trail Championship in Ithaca, NY winning her age division.For over 20 years Bree has dedicated her life to bringing better health and fitness to others. She works with Silicon Valley Executives, high school students and endurance athletes of all levels. In addition to pursuing her personal goal to become the best ultrarunner she can be, Bree has recently teamed up with USL.TV as a broadcast correspondent covering endurance events around the country.
Charles Corfield R&D Team
Years running: 4 decades
Favorite Ultraspire Product: Spry & Alpha
Favorite Terrain: Mountain trails
Fun Fact: Technologist/mathematician.
Cory Reese R&D Team
I am a husband, father, cinnamon roll lover, and runner. I ran my first marathon in 2009 and have continued racing ever since. My goal isn’t to have fast finish times. The primary goal I have in my races is to have a ridiculous amount of fun. I love helping others see how fun running can be. I am a trail runner and am happy whenever I have dirt underneath my feet. Living in southern Utah, I am spoiled to be able to do almost all my training on the rugged, remote trails around Zion National Park. My love continues to grow for the challenge, difficulty, and reward of ultramarathons. I am a columnist for UltraRunning Magazine and write for the blog www.fastcory.com. I’m excited to see what 2016 brings with an UltrAspire pack strapped to my back!
Darcy Piceu R&D Team
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Deb Livingston R&D Team
Debbie Livingston has been racing on trails since 1999, but ever since she was a little girl, she has had a deep love of running in nature. She has finished more than 180 trail races, including more than 80 ultras. She also competes in adventure races and off-road triathlons. In the early part of her career, she was the New England Grand Tree Trail Running Series Champion eight consecutive times. She has competed in ultras all over the world; as far away, as the 2015 ULTRA TRAIL Mt. FUJI, and as close to home as the 2012 Vermont 100. At times, she has competed for the podium, and other times, just for the experience. Ultra highlights include placing second at the 2017 Manitou’s Revenge 50M, placing first at the 2015 Wapack and Back 50M, winning the 2015 Emerald Necklace Stage Race, setting the course record at the 2012 Laurel Highlands Ultra, winning the 2011 Grindstone 100, and meeting her husband, Scott, at the 1999 Vermont 50M. She has made her mark on the local trail running community as the 10-time Race Director of the Soapstone Mountain Trail Races, and serving on the board of directors of the Shenipsit Striders for nearly two decades. She also serves on the board of directors of the Bolton Land Trust, on the board of advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and is a Den Leader in Cub Scout Pack 157. For work, Debbie is a coach, personal trainer, and fitness instructor; specializing in running, yoga and Pilates. She studied fitness management at Springfield College and the University of Connecticut. She lives in Bolton, Connecticut with her husband and children, Shepard (11) and Dahlia (8), who are often seen crewing and cheering for her at events. Debbie’s favorite foods are blueberries, kale, and vegan dark chocolate; not necessarily in that order. She is passionate about reducing, reusing and recycling. Product Testimonial:UltrAspire packs and bottles have been my go-to choice ever since I learned of them about six years ago. I am petite in stature and have had trouble finding a pack that was adjustable enough before I was introduced to UltrAspire. Now I am always able to find a great fit, with past models, such as the Surge pack and present models, such as the Spry and the Zygos. I have run over 200 races in my 18 years of competition on the trails. Many of them ultras but also triathlons and adventure races. Through experience I know what I want in a pack and UltrAspire provides it. The packs have a secure, easily accessible place for everything I need on my adventures. The bladders are also easy to fill and clean. And there is a bonus. The colors are great!
Jason Poole R&D Team
Event & Location / Distance / Results
2015• Hochkönigman (Austria) / 85 kilometer / 4th overall • Devil on the Divide (Colorado) / 50 kilometer / 4th overall (1st AG - 40-49 years)
2014 • Tor des Géants (Italy) / 330 kilometer / 113th overall • Ronda dels Cims (Andorra) / 170 kilometer / 18th overall • Zugspitz Ultratrail (Germany-Austria) / 101 kilometer / 41st overall
2013 • Hardrock Hundred (Colorado) / 100 mile / 8th overall • Jemez Mountain (New Mexico) / 50 mile / 3rd overall • Chimera (California) / 100 mile / 8th overall
2012 • Hardrock Hundred (Colorado) / 100 mile / 9th overall • Dakota Orienteering Championships (South Dakota) / 24-hour / 1st overall • San Juan Solstice (Colorado) / 50 mile / 10th overall
2011 • Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (France-Italy-Switzerland) / 168 kilometer / 81st overall • Zugspitz Ultratrail (Germany-Austria) / 101 kilometer / 69th overall • Ettlingen Altstadt Lauf (Germany) / 10 kilometer / 12th overall
2010 • Hardrock Hundred (Colorado) / 100 mile / 7th overall • TransRockies (Colorado) / 122 mile / 6th overall • San Juan Solstice (Colorado) / 50 mile / 9th overall • Barkley (Tennessee) / 40 mile / 7th overall • Spring Desert Ultra (Colorado) / 50 mile / 12th overall
Roch Horton R&D Team
Years running: Since 1972 for conditioning for climbing and mountaineering. Running Ultras – Since 1994
Favorite Ultraspire Product: Revolution and Alpha Vest. (and of course that cool belt you gave us)
Favorite Terrain: Anything high, wild and handsome that I can get my feet upon.
Fun Fact:Running great distances on rugged terrain never is easy, but it’s a lot easier than getting old.
Ty Draney R&D Team
Years running: 28
Favorite Ultraspire Product: Alpha / Titan
Favorite Terrain: Mountains with big ups and downs!
Zac Marion R&D Team
Brett Hornig Ambassador - Rogue Valley Runners
I am an online running coach for Trails and Tarmac, as well as a sales associate for Rogue Valley Runners in Ashland, Oregon. My first 10 years of running have been dedicated to Track and Cross Country, but have since transitioned to ultra marathons in the past two years, and I have loved every minute of it! I am a huge gear junkie, and am on the never ending quest for the perfect setup. I love the ever evolving industry within trail and ultra running, and cannot wait to help test and develop the next greatest running accessory. Brett Hornig Rogue Valley Runners Sales Associate
Clay Warner Ambassador - Foot RX Running Asheville
I currently reside in Asheville, NC, but was born in South West Virginia and have lived up and down the east coast. I grew up in a running family and ran my first mile race at 6 years old (I won) and have now moved into Trail and Ultra running with a few road races thrown in. A little known fact about me and my family is that all the men (4) in my family have completed a 100 mile trail run. I currently work for a fantastic local Asheville run shop, FootRx. My passions are running, gear, helping others and cooking/eating good food! My wife and I are expecting our first child this coming Spring. My running sidekick is an awesome GSP named Macey.
Deb Spence Ambassador - Runners High
Deb ran her first marathon for her 50th birthday and qualified for the Boston Marathon at her 2nd marathon. She has run 16 marathons in the past decade and met Ken at the 2006 Boston Marathon. They had their wedding ceremony at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2008. Deb spent her career as an independent hygienist, and upon retiring, encouraged Ken to “live his dream” by opening a specialty running store in Golden, Colorado in 2013. Deb runs most days and just decided that she will run her first trail ultramarathon (60K) in February 2017. She’s crazy!!!! Deb Spence Runners High Owner
Dennis Fritts Ambassador - Sunrise Mountain Sports
Years Running 5 years; Several 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons; One marathon; Seven Ultramarathons 50k – 50miles Favorite UltrAspire Product Alpha 2.0 running pack (New Alpha 3.0 back 2017) Favorite Terrain Ocean trails; Trails that run through the Redwoods with a nice soft ground near running water. Shade covering is always a good thing for an ultra-trail runner! Fun Fact I thought people who ran long distances were crazy! I never thought I would become one of those awesomely cool crazy runners. I am happy to be part of something spiritual. Goals Train better. Strengthen my core. Find a solution to my sore feet, new shoes? Stretch! Eat better! Better fuel plan for races! Complete my Insanity Workouts! Complete my first 100k (Miwok 100k May 2017) Improve mental toughness! Don’t Give Up! Alpha 3.0! Live life active. Dennis Fritts Sunrise Mountain Sports Associate
Jackie Auchard Ambassador - Liquid Blue
Living in Southern Oregon has provided a great multi-sport training location. Over the past ten years I have been owner/instructor of a women’s outdoor bootcamp, owner/instructor of Liquid Blue Stand Up Paddle Board, and a Physical Education/ Health teacher. Five years ago I started racing stand up paddleboards. This past season I was lucky enough to be sponsored by a board company which enabled me to compete and achieve success at another level. I have always had a passion for running. My favorite race so far is the three day Grand Circle Trail Fest based in Kanab, Utah. I’ve been exploring the ultra running scene and look forward to running the Sasquatch 50K in May. I love the challenge of taking on new adventures. Jackie Auchard Liquid Blue Owner
Jill Birt Ambassador - Fleet Feet Sacramento
I live near Sacramento, California but was born and raised in Central Illinois. I have always been active, participating in cross country, track, and basketball through high school and then four years of basketball in college. Some friends convinced me to do the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in 2008, which was my first half marathon. Over time, I transitioned to a full marathon, then to trail runs, and now ultramarathons. I love learning more about this sport which fits perfectly with my job at one of the best running stores, Fleet Feet Sacramento. Not only am I surrounded by people who are passionate about running, but it also gives me a chance to learn and then pass that knowledge onto others, helping them achieve their goals and enjoy this amazing running community. Jill Birt Fleet Feet Sacramento Fit Specialist/Hydration Lead
John Andersen Ambassador - Crozet Running
My wife and I own a specialty run shop here in Crozet, at the base of Shenandoah National Park. Our passion is trail running and my racing passion is mountain ultramarathons. There is just nothing like being out on mountain trails, pushing your physical and mental limits in a beautiful natural setting. Much of my training is done in alone in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so having the right gear is crucial. My proudest accomplishment is simply being able to stay healthy and race smart consistently - I’ve placed in the top-ten in my last 15 ultras while balancing two jobs and a family, and being in my 40s. Having a long-term view and focusing on your non-running life is key to staying healthy and competitive. John Andersen Crozet Running Owner
Mandy Bonahoom Ambassador - Footzone Bend
I live in Bend, OR. My husband and I somewhat accidentally found Bend on a 3 month road trip from the East coast to the West coast trying to find a new place to call home. I have an adventurer’s spirit which has allowed me to live across the country and internationally. I love all things outdoors; running, hiking, nordic skiing, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, and can be found hitting the trails with my border collies Booker and Basil. I've completed many half marathons and recently ran my first 50k. I look forward to many more ultras in the future! I work at Footzone as the apparel and accessories buyer and I LOVE my job. For me it's exciting working in a close knit community of active people. I love introducing new and seasoned runners and outdoor enthusiasts to new gear and fun accessories. Mandy Bonahoom Footzone Bend Softgoods & Accessories Buyer
Tim Scott Ambassador - Fleet Feet Roanoke
I have always been a runner, and was excited to compete collegiality for CNU as a 400/800 meter specialist. My final year, I suffered an injury that eliminated the possibility of utilizing serious speed work. Still wanting to be competitive (and knowing that long, slow, distance was a way to avoid competing in pain), I skipped the 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, 50k, and 50 mile distances, and ran a 100k at a 24 Hour race in Hampton, Virginia. The challenge and the rewards of competing in an Ultra-marathon are unlike anything I have ever experienced. Wanting to explore my limits, I kept my focus on 100 mile races and 24 Hour Runs. The longest event I have competed in to date is the Last Annual Vol State Road Race, which is a 500k unaided footrace through five states. More than the accomplishment, I love the atmosphere and the people that go hand in hand with endurance events- they are truly the greatest crowd around! When I am not training or racing, I am proud to work full time at Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke as their Distance and Speed Coach for Training Programs. I also spend time with my wife, Cassie, and attend Liberty University, where I will attain my MBA in winter of 2017. Tim Scott Fleet Feet Roanoke FIT Professional/Distance Coach