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The Inspiration Behind Our Products

Ultraspire’s Elite Immortals are among the top contenders in the sport of running. From running ultra marathons to extreme trail running, these athletes live to run!

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Heather Wurtele

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Years as a triathlete:

 9

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

MBS System- Electron Front and Ion Rear

Favorite Terrain:

I like mountains, sagebrush, and Ponderosa pine forests. Kalamalka Lake BC is my favorite place to open water swim and I love anywhere with smooth, quiet roads for riding, and nice trails for running.

Fun Fact:

“A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” ― John Burroughs
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Karl Meltzer

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years running:

since the beginning of time, about 45

Favorite product:

Impulse

Favorite terrain:

rough hilly and rocky

Fun Fact:

"100 miles is not far"
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Connie Gardner

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Denise Bourassa

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Years running:

First Ultra 2008 McKenzie river 50k....love at first step!

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

I have enjoyed the Ultraspire Surge for my races greater than the 50k distance, but have recently used the Spry 1L and am loving it.

Favorite Terrain:

Great Northwest trails
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Jeff Browning

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Years running:

Ultras since 2001 and casually since I got out of those leg braces at age 1. Yeah, a real-life Forest Gump.

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Alpha and Isomeric Pocket

Favorite Terrain:

Anything rocky and steep

Fun Fact:

I prefer my coffee with pasture-fed butter and raw coconut oil...giddyup.
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Justin Angle

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Years running:

10

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Alpha

Favorite Terrain:

Dirt, preferably dirty.

Fun Fact:

Running is the easy part...
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Luke Nelson

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Years running:

7

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Alpha

Favorite Terrain:

High Alpine

Fun Fact:

Running in the mountains sets me free!
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Roch Horton

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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.
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One Shoe. Two Shoe. One Sock. No Sock.

Immortal Roch Horton wanted to make this photo. Jim Speth took the photos and all the Immortals had some fun making this vision come to life.

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Rod Bien

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Years running:

14

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Alpha

Favorite Terrain:

when I leave civilization behind and the the land feels truly wild.

Fun Fact:

I'm the father of 3 kids, I own 2 businesses (Patagonia@Bend and Fleet Feet Sports), and try to run lots of miles. In my next life, I'm going to be very lazy.
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Ty Draney

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Years running:

28

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Alpha / Titan

Favorite Terrain:

Mountains with big ups and downs!
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Ashley Nordell

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Years running:

ultras- 10, running- since I was little; come from a family of runners

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Spry

Favorite Terrain:

Mountain trails

Fun Fact:

My parents both run ultras- my dad is doing Waldo 100k again this year. Hope to be running like him in my 60s, too!
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Darcy Africa

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Duncan Callahan

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Dylan Bowman

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Years running:

4

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Nerve/Atom MBS Waistpack

Favorite Terrain:

Mountains

Fun Fact:

I'm taller than you think.
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Kathleen Egan

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Years running:

Started running trails in 1997; Ultras since 2006

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Alpha

Favorite Terrain:

Single-track with wide open sweeping vistas

Fun Fact:

Kathleen was born in Germany, emigrated to the US in 1991 and spent the last 11 years working in Seattle in the field of public health/ epidemiology. In May 2013, Kathleen and her fiancé, John, downsized to backpacks and are chasing their dreams of trail running, climbing, trekking and volunteering their way around the world.
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Nick Clark

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Scott Jamie

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Years running:

33 years

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Spry

Favorite Terrain:

High mountain tundra (San Juans)

Fun Fact:

I'm a bit of a beer snob
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Trevor Wurtele

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Years as a Triathlete:

9

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

MBS System: Electron Front and Ion Rear

Favorite Terrain:

Calm water for swimming and quiet back roads for riding. Running - anything next to a river is generally pretty awesome no matter where I am.

Fun Fact:

I'll share one of my favorite quotes - "If you want to run with the wolves, you best stop playing like a puppy." I take that as inspiration to be the best professional athlete I can be. Be excellent, don't waste your time.
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Ian Sharman

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Years Running:

8

Favorite product:

Alpha race vest

Favorite terrain:

steep, mountainous downhills

Fun Fact:

Other tidbit: 2013 is a big year for me with the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning this summer. Four of the oldest 100-milers in just over two months. I'm excited but definitely nervous.
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Aric Manning

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Years Running:

7

Favorite UltrAspire product:

Alpha (if I had to pick just one)

Favorite Terrain:

Mountain Single track away from people

Fun Fact:

I am still not built like a runner - so I will keep on representing the M.O.P. (middle of the packers)- HUMR for life. Oh and I love cheese curds.
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Barry Lewis

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Years running:

A long time: completed first marathon in 1981...

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Omega for my daily running commute; Electron connector and Ion core for trail races and tris...

Favorite Terrain:

Trail

It's a thrill to be a part of the UltrAspire family, since I've used Bryce's hydration systems for more than two decades and have benefited from his constant quest to make them lighter, more functional, and all-around better suited to serious ultrarunner's needs. He's the real deal and is about pushing the innovation envelope for the sake of performance, not commercialization or sales...

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After 20 years of ultrarunning, I started dabbling in triathlons in 2005. I made it to XTerra Off-Road Worlds, managed a podium finish, and have been completely sucked into the multi-sport world. I've since completed 5 Ironmans (including 3 Kona World Championships) and still think I have room to improve. That's pretty fun at my ripe old age, but when I get this "tri thing" out of my system, I'm really looking forward to getting back to my roots--out there, exploring new trails...
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Charles Corfield

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Years running:

4 decades

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Spry & Alpha

Favorite Terrain:

Mountain trails

Fun Fact:

Technologist/mathematician.
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Debbie Livingston

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Years running:

25+ years running/14 years running ultras

Favorite product:

Surge

Favorite terrain:

Rocky and steep downhill

Fun Fact:

My husband and young kids are my adventure partners in life.
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Magdalena Lewy Boulet

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Years running:

20

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

SPRY the ultra-minimalist running vest

Favorite Terrain:

Exploring Mt. Tamalpais and Marin Headland

Fun Fact:

I am obsessed with summiting high altitude peaks. My dream is to climb Mt. Aconcagua
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Evan Honeyfield

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Years running:

19

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Surge

Favorite Terrain:

Mixed forest and open areas

Fun Fact:

Started mountain bike racing in 2013 due to injuries.
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Jim Knight

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Years running:

44

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Fastpack, Kinetic

Favorite Terrain:

Wild Alpine & Mountainous

Fun Fact:

Step it up, create your own trail, and discover yourself by embracing uncertainty.
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UltrAspire groundhogs rover and enjoy the scenery after an beautiful run on the Gooseberry Mesa.

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Liza Howard

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Years running:

20

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Spry

Favorite Terrain:

Technical trail

Fun Fact:

UltrAspire gear works great for tiny runners
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Matt Hart

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Years running:

14

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

The Alpha

Favorite Terrain:

Mountainous

Fun Fact:

I've never had a cavity.
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Shannon Price

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Years running:

16

Favorite UltrAspire Product:

SPRY Pack

Favorite Terrain:

Rocky Mountain Trails

Fun Fact:

Before I started my running career I was a professional bodybuilder.
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Krissy Moehl

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Years running:

22 years / 13 year running ultras

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Omega, I had a hand in the development for UTMB pack

Favorite Terrain:

high alpine, open vistas, views of big water and big mountains

FunFact:

There are not many issues in life a long run can not solve... it is just that sometimes the run has to be a bit longer.
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Arthur Martineau

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Years running:

10 years

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Proton

Favorite Terrain:

Hilly single track trails

Fun Fact:

Favorite race distance is 100 miles.
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George Plomarity

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Years running:

Since I could Walk, 5 years with ultras

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Spry

Favorite Terrain:

exposed, hot, technical and steep!

Fun Fact:

I try to make everyday a ventura county triathlon kind of day – run some miles, climb some boulder problems and surf the best waves I can find!
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Gavin McKenzie

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Years running: Ultra-distance: 5 years

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Nerve/Electron MBS combo & Kinetic

Favorite Terrain:

Mountainous, alpine environment. The steeper & more technical, the better!
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Jason Poole

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Years running:

18

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Omega

Favorite Terrain:

Steep, long uphills

Fun Fact:

Survived a bite by a deadly Eastern Brown Snake while racing in the 24-Hour World Orienteering Championships in Australia
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Immortals have a great Jam session after a long day of testing and product development.

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Jim Parry

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Years running:

27

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

ISomeric Pocket and Synapse with Cell

Favorite Terrain:

Road/gravel. I love trails too, but am so clumsy on them!

Fun Fact:

Creator of Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge
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Bob Crowley

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Years running:

(29 yrs) Since 1985; (23 yrs) ultras since 1991

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Omega

Favorite Terrain:

San Juan Mtns

Fun Fact:

I weighed 225 lbs when I started ultra running; now 160 lbs (and I eat like a truck driver!)
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Kristina Folcik

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Years running:

8

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Surge

Favorite Terrain:

Technical

Fun Fact:

I love to play outside!
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Maxwell Ferguson

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Nick Triolo

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Years running:

5

Favorite Ultraspire product:

Revolution Pack

Favorite Terrain:

Ridges. I love riding ridges.

One other tidbit you'd like to share:

My mother played in Wimbledon. I am addicted to coffee and burritos. I love writing and fighting for a healthy Earth, and am attending graduate school in Missoula for both. Running helps me maintain in close contact with all things wild and free.
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Immortals hanging out after a day of testing on the Groundhog Speed track behind the UltrAspire headquarters.

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Rebekah Trittipoe

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Years running:

20

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Omega Hydration pack

Favorite Terrain:

Trails

Fun Fact:

Still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!
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Enjoying the view. After a photoshoot.
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Jordan LaFreniere

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Years Running:

24

Favorite UltrAspire Product:

Twitch/Cell combination with a handheld

Favorite Terrain:

Technical single track with rolling hills

Fun Fact:

Running is my source of meditation and spiritual bonding. I struggled with alcoholism in my young adulthood, running keeps me focused on a healthy, productive, and well rounded life.
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Keira Henninger

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Years running:

18 and 8 of those years have been running Ultra's

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

ISomeric Pocket because I love running with handhelds, and this is light and incredibly comfy. Great product!

Favorite Terrain:

Technical High Mountains or Backcountry. Preferably the backcountry of the San Gabriel's

Fun Fact:

Besides running Ultra's I am also a Race Director, and own eight Trail Races, and a certified Nutrition Coach.
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Andy Jones-Wilkins

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Years running:

21

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Handheld (can't remember the model #)

Favorite Terrain:

The last 20 miles of the Western States course:)

Fun Fact:

"Running is not only what I do it's who I am." Also, like a lot of guys, I have a crush on Hal Koerner.
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Craig Llyod

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Years running:

5

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Quantum or Revolution

Favorite Terrain:

Technical mountain Ridges

Fun Fact:

I'm actually quite good at sewing.
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Evan Reimondo

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Years running:

8, If you don't count soccer

Favorite Ultraspire Product:

Surge

Favorite Terrain:

High alpine single track and technical downhill

Fun Fact:

Recently founded the Lander Running Club