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Trail Gangsta of the Month

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (July '21): Andre Lee, Massage Therapist & DFL at Cocodona 25💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (July '21): Andre Lee, Massage Therapist & DFL at Cocodona 25💥

Andre Lee

Age: 50

Hometown: Washington, DC

Current Residence: Tempe, AZ

Occupation: Massage Therapist 

1. How did you first get into running/trail running?

I have been running/racing since I was 5 years old. I ran track through the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, IN. I then transitioned to marathons in 1989 and triathlons in 1990.

I really became interested in trail running with Ragnar in 2013. A friend, Josh Uriarte, approached me to be a team member. I jumped at the chance. We raced a few years together there. Josh worked a lot with Aravaipa...


💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (April '21): Peter Mellen & Olivia 💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (April '21): Peter Mellen & Olivia 💥

Full Name: Peter Mellen

Age: 40

Hometown: Naples, FL

Current Residence: Memphis, TN 

Occupation: Service Advisor, Race Director for Motivated Running 

1. How did you discover trail running?

When I began running roads and increased my mileage to the point I felt I was able to go up to a full marathon, I wanted more! That’s where my desire to try my first 50k in 2019 happened. It was just the drive to do more mileage after that. Now I’ve completed a 50 miler and looking at 100k and 100 miler by 2022.

2. What...


💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (March '21): Colleen Lingley 💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (March '21): Colleen Lingley 💥

Name: Colleen Lingley

Age: 42

Hometown: The Surface of the Sun (Phoenix, AZ)

Current Residence: Flagstaff, AZ

Occupation: Registered Dietitian

Colleen Lingley has always been a speedster: helping her ASU cross country team to a 6th place finish at Nationals in 2000, but it wasn’t until later in life that she discovered she was a force at the ultra distances! In her first 100 miler at the 2018 Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Stagecoach 100, she won decisively by setting the female course record which still stands today! Read...


💥Trail Gangstas of the Month (February '21): Meet Ryan Steiner & Kala! 💥

💥Trail Gangstas of the Month (February '21): Meet Ryan Steiner & Kala! 💥

Full Name: Ryan Steiner 

Age: 40      Kala’s Age: 5

Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana

Current Residence: Peru, Indiana

Occupation: Stay-at-Home-Dad, Artist, Runner, Autism Advocate  

1. When did you realize you had autism? Was it difficult to share this discovery with others?

 I was in 3rd grade when I started to recognize I was different from the other kids. My mother was always pretty open with me about the diagnosis, so I never felt like it was something I needed...


💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (January '21): Meet Sarah Kassing & Lyra! 💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (January '21): Meet Sarah Kassing & Lyra! 💥

Full Name: Sarah Kassing 

Dog’s Name: Lyra (my main go-to for canicross)

Age:  36   Dog’s Age: 3.5 years

Hometown: Audubon, MN

Current Residence: Flagstaff, AZ

Occupation:  Emergency Veterinarian

1. Okay, what the heck is canicross?!

Canicross is a sport that stems from the sled dog world.  It started a way for mushers to train in the off-season but has evolved into a highly competitive sport throughout the world.  It involves a dog harnessed and attached by a bungee line...