We are adding the profile of a registered competitor at the start of each week. Some are elite athletes, some have never run a marathon..as you’ll see it’s a wonderful and varied mix! We hope you’ll join us! (and ps—you don’t have to be featured online if you prefer not to be but on the flip side if you’d like to featured and haven’t been contacted, just drop us an email and we’ll make it happen!) Check in every Monday to see a new addition!

  Emilie Lecomte, France   Emy is a highly accomplished elite ultra runner. She has twice won and twice placed second at Diagonale des Fous; she’s won the Tor des Geants; she’s twice made the podium at Ronda Del Cims—all mountain runs over 100 miles. She’s also won Grand to Grand multi-stage and finished forth at Marathon des Sables. This year she placed 11th at her first year at Western States!

Emilie Lecomte, France

Emy is a highly accomplished elite ultra runner. She has twice won and twice placed second at Diagonale des Fous; she’s won the Tor des Geants; she’s twice made the podium at Ronda Del Cims—all mountain runs over 100 miles. She’s also won Grand to Grand multi-stage and finished forth at Marathon des Sables. This year she placed 11th at her first year at Western States!

  Mark Lattanzi, USA   Mark has been trail running and adventure racing for over 20 years. He particularly love races requiring navigation, and stage races with time to recover and hang out other racers. He has completed over 200 adventure races including the Adventure Racing World champs 6 times. Mark published a book in 2017 entitled Squiggly Lines, about on-map and compass navigation, adventure racing, and long distance navigation events. Next year, he’s looking forward to the new Cloud City MultiStage, a Itera 5 day expedition adventure race in Scotland, and perhaps the Tor des Geants again!

Mark Lattanzi, USA

Mark has been trail running and adventure racing for over 20 years. He particularly love races requiring navigation, and stage races with time to recover and hang out other racers. He has completed over 200 adventure races including the Adventure Racing World champs 6 times. Mark published a book in 2017 entitled Squiggly Lines, about on-map and compass navigation, adventure racing, and long distance navigation events. Next year, he’s looking forward to the new Cloud City MultiStage, a Itera 5 day expedition adventure race in Scotland, and perhaps the Tor des Geants again!

  Joel Koscielski, Canada   Joel is a little bit bigger than your average ultra-runner (his words not ours!) but doesn’t let that stop him from competing. He has completed about 40 races including marathons, ultras, triathlons and trail runs. After first taking on a stage race at the Grand to Grand in 2016, he fell in love with the longer format as a way to meet similar people from around the world and see areas that most people only see through their computer screens!

Joel Koscielski, Canada

Joel is a little bit bigger than your average ultra-runner (his words not ours!) but doesn’t let that stop him from competing. He has completed about 40 races including marathons, ultras, triathlons and trail runs. After first taking on a stage race at the Grand to Grand in 2016, he fell in love with the longer format as a way to meet similar people from around the world and see areas that most people only see through their computer screens!

  Cynthia Fish, Canada   Cynthia says she is a late comer to the racing world. At 54, after a brief career as an academic, and another as a ceramic artist, she decided to forego participating in the illustrious Man vs Horse race, and opted instead for multi day stage racing. Self-declared queen of the Turtles, she believes that the competitive edge is honed by staying one step ahead of the camel/pony/mule. (The only way she could 'win' against the quadruped) She loves the long days on the trail and the quiet that comes from being hours behind the next competitor. She is still the oldest woman to have completed the 4Deserts Grand Slam Plus, with the slowest overall time ever! “It's all about the opportunity to step away from the daily grind and go for as long as you can- 12 hours of quiet walking through beautiful countryside with no concerns or responsibilities other than one foot in front of another- what else do I have to do that day?” she asks

Cynthia Fish, Canada

Cynthia says she is a late comer to the racing world. At 54, after a brief career as an academic, and another as a ceramic artist, she decided to forego participating in the illustrious Man vs Horse race, and opted instead for multi day stage racing. Self-declared queen of the Turtles, she believes that the competitive edge is honed by staying one step ahead of the camel/pony/mule. (The only way she could 'win' against the quadruped) She loves the long days on the trail and the quiet that comes from being hours behind the next competitor. She is still the oldest woman to have completed the 4Deserts Grand Slam Plus, with the slowest overall time ever! “It's all about the opportunity to step away from the daily grind and go for as long as you can- 12 hours of quiet walking through beautiful countryside with no concerns or responsibilities other than one foot in front of another- what else do I have to do that day?” she asks

  Ralph Crowley, USA   Elite ultrarunner Ralph Crowley has completed 35 ultras on all 7 continents and has a long resume of wins and top finishes in both stage races and single-day ultra races. One of his many wins was earlier this year when Ralph won Australia’s Big Red Run 250km stage race! We are honored he has decided to join us!!

Ralph Crowley, USA

Elite ultrarunner Ralph Crowley has completed 35 ultras on all 7 continents and has a long resume of wins and top finishes in both stage races and single-day ultra races. One of his many wins was earlier this year when Ralph won Australia’s Big Red Run 250km stage race! We are honored he has decided to join us!!

  Amy Sheinberg, USA   Amy tells us she was an avid athlete from the time she could crawl—until the last 2-3 years, as she found herself putting work before everything else. A Medal of Honor, right? Of course not right. A booming WRONG.  Given her professional proclivity to escape into work, she quietly and quickly slid, ignoring the obvious signs of one of the few -isms applauded by society—workaholism. She forewent sleep, adequate nutrition, and began living in the world of “tomorrows.” The worst part was that she saw herself making these choices and consciously ignored every sign.  So why is she doing this race?  She says because living to work is killing her and if she’s going out, she wants to go out with a bang and a belt buckle, not a whimper!

Amy Sheinberg, USA

Amy tells us she was an avid athlete from the time she could crawl—until the last 2-3 years, as she found herself putting work before everything else. A Medal of Honor, right? Of course not right. A booming WRONG.

Given her professional proclivity to escape into work, she quietly and quickly slid, ignoring the obvious signs of one of the few -isms applauded by society—workaholism. She forewent sleep, adequate nutrition, and began living in the world of “tomorrows.” The worst part was that she saw herself making these choices and consciously ignored every sign.

So why is she doing this race?

She says because living to work is killing her and if she’s going out, she wants to go out with a bang and a belt buckle, not a whimper!

  Jax Mariash, Canada and USA   Elite ultrarunner Jax was the first woman in the world to complete the 4Deserts Series Grand Slam Plus, was crowned the 2016 4Deserts Female World Champion, was 6th female at the 2018 Marathon des Sables, was the winner of the 2018 Grand to Grand, and the list goes on and on!  Jax uses her platform to inspire the masses to get out and explore, and to encourage women to get out there and take part in more ultras and achieve the seemingly impossible. Her nickname is “Wonder Woman”…which certainly fits!

Jax Mariash, Canada and USA

Elite ultrarunner Jax was the first woman in the world to complete the 4Deserts Series Grand Slam Plus, was crowned the 2016 4Deserts Female World Champion, was 6th female at the 2018 Marathon des Sables, was the winner of the 2018 Grand to Grand, and the list goes on and on!

Jax uses her platform to inspire the masses to get out and explore, and to encourage women to get out there and take part in more ultras and achieve the seemingly impossible. Her nickname is “Wonder Woman”…which certainly fits!

  Sue Edwards, USA   Sue is a back of the pack runner who loves to live life and feed her soul. She recently hiked to Everest Base Camp and quickly fell in love with high elevation and has been searching for more adventures. Sue's passion for adventure was exacerbated a few years ago when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. While Sue has always been energetic, cheerful and enjoyed life, this was a wake up call and she vowed to "suck the marrow from life". After diagnosis, Sue took up skydiving and is a licensed skydiver. On her 78th jump she had a bad landing and broke her pelvis in four places, her sacrum and her L4/L5 transverse process. Two surgeries and a 7 inch stainless steel pin put her back together again. She was told she likely would not be able to run 100 mile events any more and may not be able to even run; but eight months after she started walking without assistance she completed that 100 mile race and then two months later completed another one, just to be sure the first wasn't a dream. Sue loves her family, her dog (Romeo) and her friends, and is so very grateful that they support her endeavors.  Sue is raising money for Radiating Hope -https://www.radiatinghope.org . Radiating Hope is a 100% volunteer-run, mountain climbing, cancer-cure focused non-profit which strives to improve cancer care around the globe. She’s raising money to purchase oncology equipment for countries who do not have this specialized equipment. When she visited Kathmandu this past Spring, she was able to see first-hand the lives they are attempting to save and the benefits of the right equipment.

Sue Edwards, USA

Sue is a back of the pack runner who loves to live life and feed her soul. She recently hiked to Everest Base Camp and quickly fell in love with high elevation and has been searching for more adventures. Sue's passion for adventure was exacerbated a few years ago when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. While Sue has always been energetic, cheerful and enjoyed life, this was a wake up call and she vowed to "suck the marrow from life". After diagnosis, Sue took up skydiving and is a licensed skydiver. On her 78th jump she had a bad landing and broke her pelvis in four places, her sacrum and her L4/L5 transverse process. Two surgeries and a 7 inch stainless steel pin put her back together again. She was told she likely would not be able to run 100 mile events any more and may not be able to even run; but eight months after she started walking without assistance she completed that 100 mile race and then two months later completed another one, just to be sure the first wasn't a dream. Sue loves her family, her dog (Romeo) and her friends, and is so very grateful that they support her endeavors.

Sue is raising money for Radiating Hope -https://www.radiatinghope.org . Radiating Hope is a 100% volunteer-run, mountain climbing, cancer-cure focused non-profit which strives to improve cancer care around the globe. She’s raising money to purchase oncology equipment for countries who do not have this specialized equipment. When she visited Kathmandu this past Spring, she was able to see first-hand the lives they are attempting to save and the benefits of the right equipment.

  Arlette O’Rourke, USA   Arlette O’Rourke is a newby to the world of endurance races. She has gone from the couch to the 10 day Patagonia Expedition Race in just 6 months!  Though just new to the sport she has seen a 3rd and 4th in the 50k and 50 mile distance and completed the Bigfoot 100k as well as the Untamed New England Adventure race across Maine. "I look forward to training hard for next years season!" She is a Chef in Charleston South Carolina where she owns a catering and wedding venue business and lives with her son Patrick and dog Wallace.

Arlette O’Rourke, USA

Arlette O’Rourke is a newby to the world of endurance races. She has gone from the couch to the 10 day Patagonia Expedition Race in just 6 months!

Though just new to the sport she has seen a 3rd and 4th in the 50k and 50 mile distance and completed the Bigfoot 100k as well as the Untamed New England Adventure race across Maine. "I look forward to training hard for next years season!" She is a Chef in Charleston South Carolina where she owns a catering and wedding venue business and lives with her son Patrick and dog Wallace.