Mike grew up in Texas where he enjoyed freestyle bike riding and backyard half-pipes. In his 30's when his two daughters were ages six and nine years old, he decided to start hiking and backpacking. This was when he was first introduced to the North Fork of the American River and started to enjoy running and hiking. Like all runners in the beginning, he started off with low mileage and slowly increased to run his first marathon in 2016, "The Muir Woods Trail Marathon." In 2017, he ran his first 100 miler, "Rio Del Lago." To date Mike has run multiple 100-mile races from California to Minnesota as well as the Cocodona 250-mile trail race in Arizona.
Greg has been an endurance athlete since the early 1980s when he first picked up a road bike and proceeded to spend decades racing and training all over his native New England, eventually gaining the rank of Category 2.
As an offshoot of hiking the White Mountains over the years, he eventually discovered trail running on the rocky, rooty and technical trails of New Hampshire. Moving to Northern California in 2014 completed the transition to his new sport with the rich history and community of trail running in the area.
Jess grew up in Roseville, CA. By the age of 8 years, she was running with her elementary school. This progressed through middle school and high school.
She specialized and favored short distances like the 200mm and 400m but soon graduated to the 800m in college. Cross country running was always used to stay in shape but never a passion.
After the birth of her second child, she got into trail running. Her first trail race was in 2015. It was then that she realizes the community that surrounded trail running was like no other. She has had two more kids since then, raising them between aid stations from 50k-100k.