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Trail Gangsta of the Month

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (MAR '22) : Kylie Aldaz of Tucson, AZ 💥

💥Trail Gangsta of the Month (MAR '22) : Kylie Aldaz of Tucson, AZ 💥

Full Name: Kylie Aldaz

Age:  33

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?

  • I started running in 2010 as a way to deal with emotions and cope with grief after losing...


  • 💥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 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...