Full Name: Kylie Aldaz
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Current Residence: Tucson, AZ
Occupation: HR Director for the University of Arizona Global Campus and Running Coach
1. How did you discover trail running?
Name: Preston Cates
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...
Name: Nick Vargo Fiedler
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...
Full Name: Rio Devore
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...
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...