Running is life. For real though. My dad first got me into running at the age of 9. I used to ride my bike while he ran but it wasn't long before those roles were switched. Lacking the coordination needed for team sports, I discovered a natural ability for distance running that helped me excel as the top runner on my high school team in Fargo, ND. I went on to compete in DIII cross country and track at St. John's University (MN). I've always loved the thrill of competition, but the sense of freedom and calm one feels on a run is what keeps me coming back for more.
After accepting a high school teaching job in Goodyear, AZ I was able to share my passion for the sport as the head cross country coach for five seasons. However, I was still hungry to chase my goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials which is what prompted me to move north to Flagstaff.
I'm currently an online coach for Runners Connect and substitute teacher which allows me more flexibility to manage all operations for Trail GangstAZ. Besides making zany videos, I aim to enhance the running community by hosting events that promote the sport as well as support local (and national) charities.