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💥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 (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 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...