The Mile 99 Interview Series is the brainchild of Auburn, CA area ultrarunners as a way to keep the community in touch and share each other's knowledge during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're always interested to find some great insights and stories from all of the incredible ultrarunners in this area and in the sport as a whole!

About the Hosts

Mike Turner

Co-host

Mike grew up in Texas where he enjoyed freestyle bike riding and backyard half-pipes. There were years that Mike was not very active, but 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. 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." From there he went on to run the "Overlook 50k," "Ruck-a-Chuck 50K, "Canyons 100K" the "SLO 50 miler," and "Castle Peak 100K."

In 2017, he ran his first 100 miler, "Rio Del Lago." Mike has completed six 100-mile races to date. Next up, he plans to get revenge on the "Cocodona 250" held in Arizona that handed him his first DNF in 2021.

Greg Larkin

Co-host

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.

Jessica Harris

Co-host

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.