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💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (FEB '22) : Preston Cates of Boulder, CO 💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (FEB '22) : Preston Cates of Boulder, CO 💥

Name: Preston Cates

Age:  24

Hometown: Boulder Colorado

Current Residence: Back and forth between Colorado and Hot Springs, Arkansas

Occupation: (Part-Time) Product Manager for an Organizational Design Firm  

After a successful running career at University of Arkansas, Preston burst onto the trail/ultra scene in 2021 with a win at the Run Lovit 100k, 6th place finish at Canyons 100k, and 2nd place at the competitive Lake Sonoma 50 miler! Read more to see what's in store next for this promising, young running phenom! 

1. Even though you were a talented  Division I runner at the...


💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (JAN '21): Nick Vargo Fielder of Phoenix, AZ 💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (JAN '21): Nick Vargo Fielder of Phoenix, AZ 💥

Name: Nick Vargo Fiedler

Age: 39

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Current Residence: Phoenix, AZ

Occupation: Director of Customer Success

1. How did you get into trail running?

I found Aravaipa on meetup.com when I first moved out to Phoenix for work and didn't know anyone, before that it was strictly streets. However, running Papago or South Mountain with a group became a weekly tradition and I fell in love with the trails.

2. Favorite part about the AZ running scene?

The weather is good most of the year and there is pretty much every type of...


💥Trail Gangstas of the Month (OCT & NOV '21): Melissa & Sarah Ostaszewski💥

💥Trail Gangstas of the Month (OCT & NOV '21):  Melissa & Sarah Ostaszewski💥

Names: Melissa & Sarah Ostaszewski

Age: 30, 30

Occupations: Merchandiser, Copywriter

Hometown: Crown Point, IN

Current Residence: Flagstaff, AZ 

1. How do you pronounce your last name?!

Melissa: Ah-stuh-zew-skee is how most of our family pronounces it.  Real Polish way is something like Ah-stuh-chef-ski\ee

Sarah: “Aah-stuh-zoo-skee” is how we pronounce it. Our grandparents on our dad’s side pronounce it like “Aah-stuh-chef-skee.”

2. How did you discover trail running?

M: I ran in the Indiana Dunes (now a national park!) along Lake...


💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (SEPT '21): Jose Sosa Jr., Union Steel Worker & Aspiring Ultra Running Coach 💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (SEPT '21): Jose Sosa Jr., Union Steel Worker & Aspiring Ultra Running Coach 💥

Name: Dose Sosa Jr. 

Age: 40

Hometown: San Diego, CA 

Current Residence: Chula Vista, CA

Occupation: Steel Worker 

 

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

By trying to stay in shape; I began running little by little, did a few 5k’s and started training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in 2019. I joined a local YMCA trail running group and I fell in love with the mountains. The rest is history!

2. You’re a San Diego native but lived in New York City half of your life. That begs some questions: East coast...


💥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...