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 & 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 school), riding my bike or running & 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 & Sociology. There I ran recreationally & 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 & the United Kingdom during these formative years.
Nyla & I married in 2001, moved to the Hill Country outside of Austin, Texas & began running trails to stay fit. I started increasing my mileage 7 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) & work have made it challenging to travel to national events. Although, I'm excited to experience races outside of Texas soon. My wife Nyla & I started directing Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series in 2006 (the longest running night trail series in North America) & added the Hill Country Trivium in 2013. We believe strongly in our community & give a portion of our proceeds to local non-profit charities.
Race directing & running is a passion & a way of life for me...it’s something I hope to do with my family for a very long time.