Ultraspire Elite Immortals

The Inspiration Behind Our Products

Ultraspire Elite Immortals

The Inspiration Behind Our Products

Special thanks to all of our Elite Immortals, Store Ambassadors, R&D Team, and Immortal Ambassadors.

Magdalena Lewy Boulet

Elite Immortal

Karl Meltzer

Elite Immortal

Ian Sharman

Elite Immortal

Bree Lambert

Elite Immortal

Darcy Piceu

Elite Immortal

UltrAspire 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, Jaime Maher,  Jeff Davenport, Jennifer Cook, Joel Rodriguez, Jonathan Hoffman, Jordan Lafreniere, Justin Stum, Kathleen Egan, Kevin Robison, Lance McDermott, Lane Bird, Matthew Jourdan, Michael King, Mindy Randall, Morgan Elliott, Phillip Theodore, Rebekah Trittipoe, Ryan Maher, Shawna Lynn, Stephanie Weigel, Tovi Monllor

The UltrAspire R&D Team

Members: Charles Corfield, Cory Reese, Darcy Piceu, Deb Livingston, Greg Wingo, Jason Poole, Troy Davis, Turd’L Miller, Ty Draney, Zac Marion, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, Karl Meltzer, Ian Sharman, Bree Lambert

 2018 UltrAspire Store Ambassadors

Chris Landrum - Fleet Feet Mobile - Alabama“I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama but moved to Mobile to pursue Track and Field at the University of South Alabama. I have always enjoyed being active and outdoor activities, mainly backpacking. I got into distance running about 3 years ago and after completing my first marathon decided to start looking into Ultra trail running. Shortly after, I starting working at Fleet Feet in Mobile and got to meet some incredible people who were familiar with that distance. I signed up for the Sky to Summit 50k and completed my first 50k. After totally wrecking my legs on a training race called the Ruffner Mountain Ridge Crusher 42k in Birmingham, I knew this was for me. Trail running made a world of difference on helping to make me a better runner mentally and physically and carried over into my regular life. I was quickly reminded that victories are earned not given. I have enjoyed being able to be around such a diverse running community and being able to work in a related field. What I have loved most about running is the need to be uncomfortable, the growth that comes from setting and achieving goals, and the job that has been provided. I get to work with people who share the same passion and help others achieve their goals just like others have done for me. Next goal is to complete the Georgia Death Race.” Chris Landrum Fit Specialist/Inventory Manager Fleet Feet Mobile
Amanda Marchioni - Fleet Feet Tucson“Amanda has always had a passion for helping people and for health and wellness, so coming to work for Fleet Feet Tucson is a great fit. After serving over seven years in the Air Force and teaching for 10 years, Amanda brings her talents to the Fleet Feet sales floor. In addition, Amanda coordinates our Community Kicks program, which provides footwear to those in need in our community. When not working and coaching one of Fleet Feet’s training groups, Amanda enjoys running with friends on the beautiful trails around Tucson with her Ultra Aspire pack and spending time with her dogs and cats, all of whom she rescued here in Tucson.” Amanda Marchioni Manager/Coordinator of Events & Outreach Fleet Feet Tucson
Kale-Scown - Fleet Feet Sacramento“Growing up in Sacramento, CA, I was never an athletic kid. Other than occasional day hikes in The Sierras with family, I didn’t regularly participate in any sports. It wasn’t until my mid twenties that I started backpacking, cycling, and becoming increasingly intrigued with the idea of self-powered adventure. In 2014, after several years of failed attempts, I completed my first long trip –the 2,660 mile long Pacific Crest Trail. I was hooked. Backpacking (or thru hiking, as this particular style is known) remained my priority but I needed a way to stay in shape during the off-season, so I started running. At first it was just a way to stay healthy and commute to work but I soon realized that I could get a small taste of the same high I’d gotten from thru hiking by going on long, unassisted runs. Fast-forward 3 years and I’ve put over 5,000 hiking miles and one of each race length up to 50k under my belt. Joining Fleet Feet Sacramento’s crew I now get to work with the endurance community that I fell in love with, help others achieve their goals, and see where this new passion takes me.” Kale Scown Fit Specialist/Hydration Lead Fleet Feet Sacramento
Deb-Spence - Runners High - Colorado“Deb ran her first marathon for her 50th birthday and qualified for the Boston Marathon at her 2ndmarathon. 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 Owner Runners High
Kevin Riviera - Fleet Feet Hartford - CONNECTICUT“Running found me my freshman year of high school. Like many others, I was running cross-country just to get in shape for basketball season. There was something different about running, something that I didn’t get in basketball. Running challenged me to my core. I fell in love with the discipline of it and haven’t looked back since. After winning state championships in high school with my team, I went on and competed at the Division 1 level for some time at Central Connecticut State University. As a collegiate cross-country runner, we ran 5K’s and 8K’s, but now with my post-collegiate running career I am excited to start half-marathon training, and maybe even do my first trail race! My favorite part about my running journey has been the people I’ve met along the way. We have an amazing, inspiring, and uplifting community and I am proud to be a part of it!”   Kevin Riviera Social Media/Marketing Coordinator Fleet Feet Hartford
Stephanie O’Neill - Fleet Feet Stuart - Fit Specialist - Florida“I started running a little later in life (at age 29) simply because I couldn’t button my pants and refused to buy a bigger size. I hated all sports growing up and gym class was terrifying so many people are surprised that running has taken over my life. I became a run coach to share my love of running with others as I feel it’s an act of “paying it forward” from the endless support and advice given to me when beginning my own journey. Being the head coach for our training programs at Fleet Feet in Stuart Florida has been life changing. Watching so many participants reach and crush their goals is amazing. In addition, I work full time as a Fit Specialist. Some may think I am just selling shoes but to me it is so much more than that. I can change a person’s life with a sneaker and that’s pretty incredible. I currently live in Port St Lucie, Florida with my husband Christian and our two dogs, Babaganush and Bella. Next month, I will be running my first 100 miler! Christian is my biggest cheerleader and I can’t wait to share this experience with him as he is part of my crew.” Stephanie O’Neill Fit Specialist Fleet Feet Stuart
Madeline Frazier - Fleet Feet Monroe - Louisiana“I am from the small town of Columbia, Louisiana. I now live in Monroe, Louisiana where I go to the ULM School of Pharmacy. When I am not studying I love anything outdoors. I love to run, play tennis, hike, swim, bike, paddle board, and water ski on the lake back home! I started running a lot when I graduated high school. That summer my dad and I trained for my first half marathon. I was hooked from then on. I work at Fleet Feet Monroe and I love my job! I love helping runners in our community find everything thing they need for their training along with cool accessories. “ Madeline Frazier  Fit Specialist Fleet Feet Monroe
Holly Newquist - Fleet Feet Annapolis - Maryland“Holly is a native to Annapolis, MD. After several years as a competitive dancer, she found a love for running in the late 90’s. There was nothing like lacing up a pair of spikes and taking off for her favorite event, the 400m, in which she represented her HS at Penn Relays. It wasn’t until 2014, Holly discovered RunDisney, only the magic of Disney can make a sprinter turn long distance runner! This began with the Disney Princess ½. In 2017 she completed all Disney World Half Marathons, along with several other halfs and 10 milers. She believes knowing you can conquer the race, you can conquer anything. Holly has been a full time Physical Therapist Assistant since 2008 and part time at Annapolis Fleet Feet Sports, since 2017. Finding both jobs very rewarding, to help others and be inspired by others, either along their journey or just beginning their journey. Aside from running, she recently discovered the new love of Stand-Up Paddle boarding. and her goal in 2018 is to learn to ski!” Holly Newquist Fit Specialist Fleet FeetAnnapolis
“Currently residing in the Twin Cities, I simply love being active and bringing others around the campfire of fitness. Born and raised in NE Wisconsin, I grew up around the outdoors; XC skiing, paddlesports, mountain biking, fishing, and running. I truly fell in love with running when I showed up for my first high school Cross Country practice in basketball shoes and could barely walk the following morning. Aside from staying active, my passions include reading, dance music, The Office, coffee, and watching the Minnesota Wild play mediocre hockey every year. I am lucky to spread my love of outdoor sports to others through my position at Gear West Ski & Bike in Long Lake, MN, and I am pursuing a Personal Trainer Certification in my spare time because I believe the combination of activity and community can truly change lives.  ” Nik Krawczyk Gear West Ski & Run
John Shepard - Take It On The Run - Missouri“My name’s John and I’m a pretty busy guy. I am happily married with 4 kiddos that take up most of my daylight. I reside right in the beautiful outskirts of St. Louis, MO where there’s a lot running to be done. I’ve got access to great greenways and single-track trails, and love the community here.” John Shepard Owner Take It On The Run
Joe Quinlan - FootRx - North Carolina“I was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC, but it wasn’t until three years ago when a friend asked if I wanted to “jog” up a mountain. It was awful. I’ve been hooked to mountain running ever since. Running up these mountains constantly shows me how small I am and how my accomplishments are nothing. I currently work with the fine crew at Foot RX Running. I spend my life with a beautiful lady and two amazing children with one more headed our way in February!” Joe Quinlan Foot Rx Sales Team
Mandy Bonahoom - Footzone Bend - Oregon“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
Jackie Auchard - Liquid Blue Owner - Oregon“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 Owner Liquid Blue
Brett Hornig - Rogue Valley Runners - Oregon“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 Runners Sales Associate Rogue Valley
Christopher Marrone - PENNSYLVANIA - The Athletic Shoe Shop“The Athletic Shoe Shop is a family business I have grown up in. I have been a competitive athlete in high school and college. Now I focus on trail running, cross-fit, and power lifting to challenge myself and encourage personal growth. I am not specifically great at one type of athletic event. However, I love to explore new avenues of fitness. I run HM, Marathons, and Trail Ultras; Hike, bike, and am big into weight lifting. I love encouraging others to explore fitness as a means of personal growth and self development. Enrolling in races, especially endurance races, helps push your limits and show you anything is possible. “ Christopher Marrone Store Operator/Manager The Athletic Shoe Shop
Vincent Valdez - TENNESSEE - Cumberland Transit“I’m originally from Dallas TX but have called Nashville home since the spring of 2014. When I started running in the summer of 2015 I couldn’t run a half mile without almost blacking out. Within a year of running I had completed my first 50k and have since completed numerous ultra marathons. I work for a local outdoor retailer here in Nashville, Cumberland Transit, and am always looking for a new trail to run.” Vincent Valdez  Sales Associate Cumberland Transit
UTAH - St. George Running Center - Levi Hawks“Proud resident of St. George, UT, with a huge love for the Red Rock and the trails that surround them. I proudly work at St. George Running Center currently and if you’re looking for information on shoes and or really anything about running look no further, I am your guy! Growing up I’ve had some huge role models in my life with my older brother, Hayden Hawks, being my biggest, he has always been a huge push for me in this sport and that is really how I got into running in general. I started running when I was in middle school and really haven’t stopped since; although I am fairly new to trail running and the Ultra running distance I have developed a fast love for it! A few notable races I took part in would have to be Speedgoat 50k (DNF), Red Mountain 30k (3rd overall), and Snow canyon half marathon (3rd overall). Trail running is my passion and I’m extremely excited for the future in my running, I have some big races planned for the future and I hope to make a name for myself in this fantastic sport, look out world here I come!” Levi Hawks  Sales Representative/Receiving Manger St. George Running Center
VIRGINIA - Crozet Running - John Andersen“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 Owner Crozet Running
VIRGINIA-Fleet Feet Roanoke-Tim Scott“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 at Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke as their Fitness Program Coordinator for Training Programs. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, Cassie, as we continue to explore sections of the AT and various trails around Lynchburg, Virginia.” Tim Scott FIT Professional/Distance Coach Rogue Valley Fleet Feet Roanoke
“After fulfilling a goal of retiring as early as possible from a career at Bank of America, Glenn directed his life towards work he considers fun by starting a photography business and working at Seven Hills Running Shop in Seattle. Glenn primarily photographs trail running events and Seven Hills was one of the first stores specializing in trail running.” Glenn Tachiyama Seven Hills Running