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Trail Gangsta of the Month

💥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 Gangsta of the Month (DEC '21): Rio Devore, Runner & Musician from the PNW 💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (DEC '21): Rio Devore, Runner & Musician from the PNW 💥

Full Name: Rio Devore

Age: 32

Hometown: Redlands, CA

Current Residence: Seattle, WA 

Occupation: Performer (running, playing live music, and waiting tables) I am always on. (End Scene)

A native of Redlands, CA, Rio Devore is aiming to make a splash in the Seattle ultra and music scene with a little inspiration from his wife/running partner, Kristin. Read how running inspires Rio's music making process and his tips for new ultra runners! 

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

I started to really run back in high school when I joined my high...


💥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 (Aug '21): Diane Dawson Immethun, Third Grade Teacher & Cancer Survivor 💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (Aug '21): Diane Dawson Immethun, Third Grade Teacher & Cancer Survivor 💥

Name: Diane Dawson Immethun

Age: 59

Hometown: Flagstaf, Arizona

Current Residence: Flagstaff

Occupation: Third Grade Teacher

 

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

When I was a youngster, my dad started taking me for weekend backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon or playing in the Red Rock country of Sedona. Wherever we went, I always tried to be the first back to the Rim or to the car.

Being of shorter legs than my dad, I had to run to win. I don’t think I thought the effort was difficult – lots of joy...