We are pleased to announce our 2015 Mountain Running team and a new sponsor – Salomon! Our athletes are pushing the limits in the sport of mountain ultra running and we are excited to support their strive to go steeper and higher into 2015. This incredible group of athletes will be taking on some of the toughest and most prestigious trail running races around the world. It’s going to be a great year!
First off, let’s announce the women’s team. These ladies have made a splash on the ultra scene already and have big plans for this year. Look for them at Skyrunning races both in the US and abroad as well as some of the toughest mountain 100’s in the country.
Angela Shartel – Hailing from Southern California, Angela has already set course records at some of the toughest 100 mile races in the country including Massanutten & Angeles Crest. This year she recently turned down a spot she earned in the Western States 100 at Black Canyon 100K in lieu of competing at both the Cruel Jewel 100 and Bear 100. Angela also runs for Altra & InkNBurn.
Kristina Pattison – Living in Montana and a former smokejumper, Kristina was ranked in the top 50 women in the world Ultra Skyrunner Rankings and placed 2nd at the Flagstaff Sky Race 55K. She will be racing the Georgia Death Race, Transvulcania and Audi Power of Four 50K. Kristina also runs for La Sportiva.
Hillary Allen – Coming from Colorado, Hillary loves the mountains and she had a breakthrough year in 2014 with an overall win of the inaugural US Skyrunner Series. This year she’ll be competing in the US Skyrunner Series and will head to Europe for a World Skyrunner Series race! Hillary also runs for The North Face.
Sarah Keyes – Living in Saranac Lake, NY Sarah is currently spending her winter skinning and skiing the mountains around where she is a nursing student. She won the Vermont 50 in 2014 and is looking forward to racing the Whiteface Sky Race and Rut 25K. Sarah will also be sponsored by Salomon.
Teagan Redden – At only 10 years old, this Arizona girl already has multiple ultras under her belt including two finishes at the Javelina 100K. She has recently taken more to the mountains and completed the Flagstaff Vertical K this past October. She will be running the Capitol Peak 55K in Washington.
Next up, our men’s team with some returning from 2014 and some new faces:
Catlow Shipek – After his win at the 2014 US Skyrunner Ultra Series and followed up by a sub 15 hour 100 miler at Javelina, Catlow has an ambitious year planned in 2015. He has already placed 4th at Black Canyon 100K and set a course record at Old Pueblo 50 Mile near his hometown of Tucson, AZ. Next up he will compete at Transvulcania, then Mont Blanc 80K and later in the season the Rut 50K and Flagstaff Sky Race 55K. Catlow is also sponsored by Salomon & CarboPro.
Michael Versteeg – Living in Prescott, AZ Michael has ample access to trails and mountains. He was the top American finisher at the 2014 Caballo Blanco Ultra and won the inaugural Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 100 Mile. This year Michael will be travelling to Europe for several races including Ultra Trail Ehunmilak 100 Mile, Desafio Somiedo 50 Mile, and Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc (UTMB). Michael also runs for Salomon & Darn Tough Socks.
Jamil Coury – From Phoenix, AZ Jamil will be taking on some of the tougest 100 milers in the world this year with H.U.R.T. 100, The Barkley Marathons, Hardrock & Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.
Kalib Wilkinson – Kalib runs and lives in Flagstaff, AZ where he has plenty of trails and altitude to train on. He won the 2014 Crown King Scramble 50K and is looking forward to the 2015 season. Kalib also runs for Brooks.
Finally, we need to give a big shout out to Salomon for their support of our team this year. While some of our team members do have existing sponsors, the majority of us will be running in shoes and gear provided by Salmon. Their gear is helping to define the sport of mountain trail running and we are excited to have their support in 2015.