Growing up in Wisconsin, an outdoor lifestyle was encouraged by my family at a young age, running my first organized race at age 6. Endurance sports like soccer always interested me. I can remember playing tournaments over the summer where we would have 4-5 games in one day. By the championship game it was less about aptitude and more about attrition. My endurance was always more a strength than my skill level. I can also recall having a paper route (six days a week BEFORE schooI), riding my bike or running and trying to do it faster each day. My own mini ultra. Wisconsin winters are brutal!
I attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO to study Occupational Therapy, Neurobiology and Sociology. There I ran recreationally and participated in all of the customary Colorado activities including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, camping, etc. I also had the wonderful opportunity to live, work and travel through Central America and the United Kingdom during these formative years.
Nyla and I married in 2001, moved to the Hill Country outside of Austin, Texas and began running trails to stay fit. I started increasing my mileage and by 2005 I was ready to do my first 30k. Most of my races have been here in Texas, as raising a young family (four kids) and work have made it challenging to travel to national events. Although, I'm excited to experience races outside of Texas soon. My wife Nyla and I started directing Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series in 2006 (the longest running night trail series in North America) and added the Hill Country Trivium in 2013. We believe strongly in our community and give a portion of our proceeds to local non-profit charities.
Race directing and running is a passion and way of life for me; it’s something I hope to do with my family for a long time.