Born in the high desert cliffs of Arizona, my heart and happiness is rooted in the West. As a kid, I learned to ski and hike in the mountains around Telluride, Aspen, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. My family relocated to the Boston area, but as soon as I got the chance, I was back out west on my way to attend Colorado College. After college, I passed through Jackson with the intention of playing in the mountains for a year, working just enough to support my adventures outside. It was here that I met my husband and main support crew, on my second day in town at a local 10K.
I fell in love with all parts of Jackson -- the healthy active lifestyle, the quick access to steep technical terrain, and the culture that promotes whole-body well being. My husband and I decided to make this beautiful playground our permanent home. Wanting to be an active member of our growing outdoor community and share my love of the natural world with others, I decided to return to school for science education. I currently work as an 8th grade science teacher at the middle school, with a spirited and unpredictable bunch of kids that teach me something new about myself everyday.
My love of running started 20 years ago, when my dad, cold and sweaty, would wake me up for school after his morning run. By the time I was ten, I started joining him at 5 AM to run in the dark for what felt like an eternally long 2.1 miles around our block. I continued running recreationally through college, entering local 10K’s just for the joy of it.
Since then, I have been running competitively in endurance events. I love the opportunity to explore new places and meet other runners from around the world. Recent highlights from the past few years include placing first at the Lake Tahoe 50K, the Bighorn 50K, CrossCut Bozeman 25K, and The North Face Challenge 50 miler in Park City. I even had the opportunity to squeeze in a 60K in Lake Como, Italy while on my honeymoon last year. While my racing season is coming to an end, I am excited to get back to my hometown to run the Rim-to Rim-to Rim in the Grand Canyon, a 50 mile, 12,000 vertical desert classic.
During the winter in Jackson, I satisfy my adrenaline high skinning into the Tetons on frigid winter mornings in order to catch the sunrise and drop into powder that awaits in an untracked couloir. I love finding new lines each, and this year my hope is to ski the Skillet on Mount Moran, The Banana Couloir on Prospector’s Peak, and the Northeast Glacier on the Middle Teton.
Whether on skis or on foot, the mountains allow me to push my limits and find new strengths that I never knew existed. Whether on an hour post-work jog or a ten-hour mission high above the clouds, the beauty of my surroundings keeps me going. In the mountains, there is no end to who or what I can be, and it is here that I feel like my most true self.