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Everyday Athlete Ambassador Program
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Meet our Current Athlete Ambassadors
Founder & Everyday Athlete (Ultra Runner)
The HURT 100 Ultra Marathon
2018: 100k Finish
Creative Director & Everyday Athlete (Marathon Runner)
Ultra Runner & Race Director
Paul grew up very active in soccer. His intro into endurance sports happened after he graduated college and put on excessive weight living a sedentary office life. After a few years, he quit engineering to work in a running store and has been in the running industry ever since. Paul is a Race Director for three trail events in San Diego that he puts on under his business, Off Road Pursuits. He is also currently working for Orange Mud, selling some killer hydration packs!
Paul got started with endurance racing through triathlon, then made the switch to trail and ultra running in 2010. After completing over 20 races from 50K through 100 miles, Paul will be racing his first ever road marathon in May. Paul will be taking on the Pittsburgh Marathon as his first race with the d2e Ambassador Team!
I am a proud mother of two and have been serving in the Navy for the past 17 years. I started running in 2006 to quit smoking and continued thru Iraq and after. I came back with some serious PSTD and have been dealing with it since 2008. Every day is a struggle and a fight, but running and working out helps me deal with all the challenges. I have ran close to 100 races and am psyched to enter a new chapter of my life- ultra running. I am super excited to represent D2E because I know first hand what depression can do to people.
Marathon & Ultra Runner
Black Hills 50k
June 22, 2018
I grew up in Pennsylvania and started running during high school. I fell in love with it almost instantly but couldn't have imagined just how much it would help me over the years. During my junior year of college, my brother unexpectedly passed away. Running has helped immensely while trying to cope with the loss of him. I recently moved from my home in PA to Salt Lake City to pursue a graduate degree in sports nutrition. Over the past year, I ran my first marathon and then decided to make it a mission to qualify for Boston for my second marathon. In November, I went home to PA to run the Harrisburg marathon where I achieved my BQ of 3:29:14!
Marathon, Ultra Runner & Boxer
The Serpents Trail 100km Ultra Marathon July 7, 2018
The Portsmouth Waterside Coastal Marathon
December, 23, 2018
My name is Louis, Iʼm from the U.K. and I'm 37 years old.
Throughout most of my adult life, I have battled depression and bouts of anxiety, I'm also a recovering alcoholic.
To keep me on a better path from the one I was previously on, I have found physical fitness to be a great way to help me do that. My weapons of choice in the battle are Long Distance Running and Boxing, Iʼm currently training for my first Ultra Marathon, of which I intend to run 5 in 2018 and also the London Marathon.
My hope is people can see where I was and where I am now and use that as inspiration to move forward with their own battles. Eventually, we can together break the stigma surrounding Mental Health.
Marathon & Ultra Runner
Been running for only a few years. First ultra was 6 days after my first marathon. Both of which were in fall of 2017. I have a son who is going to be 10 in March and who has autism. I dealt with depression as a teen. I learned to control it through self-talk and changing my mindset.
My fav ultra runner is David Goggins. Former Navy SEAL.
Marathon & Half Marathon Runner
I’m a certified personal trainer, massage therapist/craniosacral therapist and run coach. D2E especially hits home from me because I suffer from bipolar disorder and high social anxiety. Running has been literally a life saver for me. Not only for the mental and physical therapy but for my soul. My preferred distance is the marathon and half marathon. Last May was a PR on the Vermont city marathon in Burlington with a 3:13. This May in Buffalo New York will be my next marathon. I’m still cracking sub 3:00 and have goals on cracking 2:30 in the years to come.
United Physical Therapy 49k Ultra
August 19, 2018
Born and raised in Alaska. I come from an Alaska running dynasty but am definitely the black sheep! Every good team needs an even better hype man right!?! I had a wonderful childhood full of love and opportunity. Into my 20’s things just mentally got tough. Started with loosing my grandfather, who was beyond a hero to me. That sadness just compiled with struggles life throws at everyone until 10 years later I was on a path of depression and anxiety that I couldn’t shake. Drank rather heavily and basically treated my body like a trash can. Once my son Jack Danger Foldager was born in May 2017 I just decided it was time to be Dad and I had to do something different. With the help of my amazing Oksana I changed my life around. Went primarily plant based and found the toughest race on earth. Got into the Hurt100 lottery in January 2018 and started running. Along the way I found running opened up my mind and helped me fight my battles head on. For the longest time I felt lost but now, we’ll now I’m running forward! I look forward to every day and can’t wait until I get to climb that next mountain! YAR!!
Patrik is a Cosmologist that works with IT-security and cloud . A father of three beautiful princesses and live outside Stockholm, Sweden.
I’ve always enjoyed running but started to do it more serious back in 2014 when I signed up for my first Ultra (50k) after that I’ve increased the volume and the distance. 2015, I signed up for 75k, when I finished that one (2nd place) I told my wife to forbid me to sign up for anything longer than that. Two weeks later I signed up for my first 100 Miles… After that I’ve been running 100 milers, 6hrs, 12hrs and 24 hrs..
The top three races that I want to do are: Spartathlon, Bad Water and keys100. I try run every day but work, travel and other appointments prevent me from going out every day which is kind of frustrating. I love getting out for an evening run, to clear my head after a hectic day. It is my way of winding down. To get perspective and new ideas.
I’m also an ambassador for the “Berlin Mauerweglauf” Mauerweglauf translate to “wall road race”, it’s a race that goes where the Berlin wall stood until November 9th, 1989. This race is honoring and remembering everyone that tried to flee from East Berlin and was killed. I think it’s important that we do not forget that there was a time when people weren’t free to move around in Europe. We should always strive to open borders, not close them!
Marathon & Half Marathon Runner
United Airlines NYC Half Marathon
Time - 1:41:41 (PR!!)
Ultra & Spartan Obstacle Course Runner
5k & Half Marathon Runner
Ultra Runner & Triathlete
I’ve been running since my Junior year in high school when I joined the cross country team after missing the first 2 races and could barely run around the local pond at our 1st practice. My coach kept me off the roster for the upcoming Saturday race but I insisted I wanted to run. I came in 40th out of 41.
I am an ultra runner, a nature lover, and can frequently be found running through the forest barefoot. I like making connections with people who don’t judge me.
Social anxiety has plagued me for all of my life, and definitely held me back a number of times. When younger I was never good at sports, they were always a little terrifying. My anxiety kicked in whenever I considered putting myself out there in a team-sports setting. But when I tried running it was a much different experience, it was solitary but also challenging. I love to run and am able to find both strength and happiness through it. Running has helped open my eyes to new ways of thinking and problem-solving — techniques I apply to my life.
While team sports are not my thing, I did establish a running group, the Davis Square Runners, to create a non-competitive and welcoming environment where others can run and be social. Since getting to know the people in my group, I have discovered anxiety issues and social phobias to be prevalent, especially amongst long distance runners. I’ve also found that I have benefitted from talking and trusting these people—many of whom have become close friends. It’s through these connections that I can see my anxieties being conquered, rather than ignored.
I am the mother of four marvellous kids, a lifelong horse person both professionally and as a hobby, a vegetarian, animal lover, writer of as-yet-unpublished books, a Virginian living on an island in the Finnish archipelago, and last but not least a marathon runner! I ran my first marathon in 2016 in Helsinki and my second in Stockholm in 2017. This year I am signed up for the Madrid marathon in April. My goal is to travel to Sydney, Australia in 2019 to run the Sydney marathon and celebrate my fiftieth birthday.
My whole life I’ve been told what I couldn’t do and who I couldn’t be. Not anymore! My passion is to Make Positivity Louder and be the catalyst for self-belief in others lives! I’m no longer accepting limitations and am going to push the boundaries of possibility. I've always been a bodybuilder, but after completing a 24hr non-stop hike called the Unbreakable Challenge, I’ve decided to dive head first into Ultra Endurance competition. This year I have signed up for and will complete the Breaks 40 which is a 43-mile Ultra Trail run through the “Grand Canyon of the South”. I can’t wait to compete and complete this challenge and look forward to sharing my story along the way!
Marathon & Ultra Runner
Ultra Runner & Pro OCR
l am a Physician Assistant student and pro OCR (obstacle course racing) and Ultra-Marathon athlete. As a kid I was not an athletic person, I would trip over my own feet and never started in any sports that I participated in, including football, track, and wrestling. It wasn't until I joined the Army that I found out that I was really good at running. Unfortunately, when you're young it's easy to fall into the wrong crowd with the wrong people. Shortly after joining my unit in Texas I started drinking way too much and fell deeply into depression after holding back emotions from a really troubled childhood full of heartbreak and bullying. If it wasn't first, for my sons birth, and secondly for running, I would have never survived my battle with depression. That all being said, I am PROOF that things get better. Today I would have never imagined being a top running athlete, winning races and even becoming the Spartan Race Ultra World Champion this past December in Iceland. I look forward to working with this great organization to run across the globe and spread the word that IT DOES GET BETTER!
I have been a competitive runner for over 18 years, and grew up running with my identical twin (Erin Donaghy - also a d2e ambassador) and father. I enjoy long distance running and in more recent years have run several half marathons, marathons, and a 50k. Last year, I ran 57 miles from Penn State to Bucknell to raise money for Lyme disease awareness. As someone diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, I understand how difficult it is to struggle day to day with a stigmatized disease. I've also struggled with depression, so d2e's mission is incredibly important to me. This year I plan on running my first 48 hour race and hopefully several other distance events.
Hello my name is Josh! Everyone in Boulder calls me Primal Flow though, or Primal for short. I have a connection with the mountains and running that goes a lot deeper than any race, training program, or general health. I tap into the primal, animal side of myself when I’m deep out in the wilderness during a big day of summits and pounding out some mileage.
I first got into trail running during my recovery from drugs and alcohol. I found complete bliss and happiness during the early stages of my recovery when I needed an outlet to help me through some dark times. From the time I first set foot on a forest trail I was hooked, I couldn’t get enough. Since then, I have moved to Boulder, Colorado to pursue my passion for being with myself in the mountains. My running brand, Scheme, follows this foundation by helping others purge negativity and using running to replace that energy with positivity.
I am an ultra-runner, so I tend to stick to the races others like to call “crazy”. The crazier the better is what I say! I am currently training for Zion 100 where I want to place in the top 5 (maybe even podium at top 3). I also plan on running Never Summer 100k, Dirty 30, and Quad Rock for the remainder of the year. If you’re ever running in Boulder, I’ll be the dude with the crazy, longer hair and brightly colored clothing!
Triathlete & Trail Runner
My true breakthrough happened while I was living in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where I would escape on the week-ends to the countryside discovering the joys of trail running.
My sports life went through several phases which allowed me to discover many passions. I started as a casual jogger and then discovered adventure racing which lead to mountaineering. In recent years, I became a strong triathlete which led me to become a competitive road and trail runner.
My passion for running and adventures brings me around the world to explore and compete. This year will be no exceptions with the planning of some long distance runs in various places of the world.
Runner & Boxing Coach
From an early age, I was always active- bouncing between soccer, basketball, field hockey and dance. I began struggling with anxiety and depression earlier in life as well, around the age of 12. Staying active was a great outlet to push through my anxiety, but often the anxiety held me back from performing at the level I wanted to. My anxiety progressed to the point of agoraphobia, where I could not leave the house without having severe panic attacks. With some professional support, I went on to run DIII Cross Country, where I found great support in my teammates. They encouraged me to run my first two half marathons. Still, the anxiety and depression continued to challenge me. My running went to the wayside as I turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with my mental illness, and I became very suicidal.
The fog began to lift when I turned back to running, after gaining 45 pounds. I started slowly getting back into running and trained for my third half marathon. I finally hit my bottom in December 2013, when I got sober. It seemed like the perfect time to train for my first marathon! Navigating early recovery and marathon training went hand in hand for me, learning to work through fears and challenges, and asking for help. I firmly believe that running has saved my life.
Today, I have an ultramarathon (Dirty German 50K), five marathons (including the honor of running the 2017 NYC Marathon as “Meb’s Final Marathoner”), eleven half marathons and countless other races under my belt. I’ve expanded into Crossfit to supplement my running. I am a person in long term recovery, in addition to thriving (not just surviving!) with my mental illness. Running and Crossfit continue to be excellent tools to work through my bad days and tougher times.
I am passionate about d2e because of their focus on connection. I have been carried and supported by my friends as well as those I have met in the running community, the Crossfit community and others in recovery. When I becomes we, even illness turns to wellness!
I am blessed to be a mom to three girls while living in beautiful Edson, Alberta. I was most certainly not a runner in childhood, and instead I came into the sport as an “adult onset runner” on the back of shirking morbid obesity through adopting a ketogenic lifestyle.
Since becoming a ketogenic athlete I have gone from zero base to running ultramarathons in two years, have been fortunate enough to place at several events, including most notably my ultra debut at the Whistler 50 Miler 2017, and have had the opportunity to write for publications such as Run Like a Girl and Women’s Running Magazine. I am also extremely fortunate to be able to train and race for team Salming North America with the support of several brands including Wunjo Sports, Tiux, and Xtra Mile Athletic Wear.
The two causes I champion as a competitive athlete are the empowerment of women and girls in sport and mental health awareness in and outside the run community. To the former, in August 2018 I am registered to certify as an RRCA run coach so that I can share my love of the sport with other people in my community. I also hope through coaching, and through my influence in women’s running communities and the group Ketogenic Dieters, to encourage other women to recognize that limits are someone else’s property and to appreciate their own infinite potential.
Working with d2e was very important to me both as an athlete who is open about their struggle to live peacefully with OCD, and as someone who has lost loved ones to suicide. Upon learning that the Lost Soul 100 would share a date with the eighth anniversary of my brother-in-law’s passing from suicide I knew that I needed to make that race a significant fundraising effort both to honor his memory and to benefit other people like him who are still with us. It is so vital to recognize that in struggle to de-stigmatize and fight mental illness we must live Dylan Thomas’ wisdom to “…not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
I’m a Minnesota girl and happily planted roots here with my wonderful husband, Bill, and 3 spunky kiddos; Ada, Lydi, & Beau. Our mighty Beau has taught us so much as parents and individuals through his genetic disorder. His challenges are both frustrating and inspiring as we see him grow, constantly facing his own obstacles with an uber-smile.
I was an inactive person most of my life, which worked against me as a teenager when symptoms kicked in and I began years of suffering from depression and an eating disorder. I slowly made my way through the mental mess, and when I met my husband, his unconditional support & love finally gave me the environment for healing my heart needed. However, my mind suffered greatly with each pregnancy, my weight got out of control, and I wasn't taking good care of myself. After baby #3, with a friend’s encouragement, I tried a fitness program and liked it, which lead to trying lots of new things and losing 50 pounds. In the process, I learned what if felt like to be STRONG, and how to harness the power within. Once I built up the courage to try Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), I fell in love immediately. Through the next 2 years I rolled in mud and learned how to run, breaking down barriers of who I was, and what I was capable of. In 2017 I did my first Spartan UltraBeast and the experience was sublime. The sense of accomplishment was one of my proudest athletic days. This building of self has lead me here, to d2e, where I now feel ready to take my "why" of fighting for myself, and begin to be a voice for others who are on their own trail of discovery. I want to take all I've learned, and run with it.