Random person* on the Internet, posting in an ultra-running group: “What are some good podcasts?”
Cory: “Let’s create one!”
And here we are.
Cory is an ultrarunner and mountain lover who headed west to live closer to his dreams, and so far has ended up living them.
Now that the mountains are nearby, Cory’s goal is to look beyond ultrarunning to some (as many as possible!) of the other sports we’ll cover on the show.
[*By the way, the random internet person was…]
Russ is a Georgia native who heeded the call to “go west, young man” in his 20s and never looked back. He enjoys all manner of outdoor activity and has a passion for connecting people and communities around inspiring storytelling.
A former newspaper reporter, Russ works as a communications strategist with a Denver-based consultancy. He co-founded the Denver Nordic Ski Association (Ski Denver), which works to develop new outdoor recreation opportunities in the Denver Metro region.
Russ lives in Arvada, Colo., with his wife Kate, and their two young sons. Email Russ
Pulling a Uhaul behind his Ford truck that barely made it to the state of Colorado in 2003 to take his first job after graduate school was the first time Scott ever visited Colorado. He hasn’t left since. He has since met his wife on the highest chairlift in North America, procreated (2 little boys) and started numerous small businesses in the event, fitness, media, and sports performance world.
Kelly Cornish McConnell
Kelly is an endurance athlete, yoga instructor and massage therapist in Boulder, Colo. She helps guide people to see their own inner strengths by teaching the practice of body and breath awareness, through her work at Fitandmindful.com. Fit and Mindful programs aim to harness a person’s full potential by offering sessions that provide healing tools to help balance body, mind and spirit.
Needing to take a break from the “real world” of a 60+ hour a week IT job, Nick spent time as both a student and instructor for the Sierra Club’s Wilderness Travel Course then worked as an adventure guide and wilderness outfitter. Nick moved back home to Colorado in 2010, after living in Southern California and finding himself spending all his free time driving out to the desert of Joshua Tree to climb up stupid rocks or heading up the Highway 395 corridor to explore the eastern Sierra Nevada or the Inyo Mountains. Throwing himself wholeheartedly into the local outdoor industry, Nick spent time working in the Boulder offices of GoLite where he discovered that there were actually more people out there like him that didn’t consider 5 mile hikes to be “long”, liked sleeping in uncomfortable places and ultimately started pushing him to go further, get faster and lighten up. Nick accidentally discovered he was capable of running in 2012 when he signed up for a 5K to distract himself from an impending surgery date.
When he’s not injuring himself pretending he knows how to train for things, Nick enjoys non-team sports with the potential for great bodily harm like mountaineering / alpine climbing, trail running, obstacle course racing, canyoneering, orienteering, probably anything else as yet undiscovered ending with -eering and roller skating. He is also a damn fine home brewer and cook, and enjoys tricking his friends into eating tasty vegetarian meals.
Sean is a mountain bike enthusiast and sportscaster who works as a live sports operator for Comcast and the NHL Network. When he’s not editing video of hockey games, you can find him announcing at the sidelines of high school football and basketball games as well as Colorado High School Cycling League races and local fun runs. Sean has written, produced, and hosted his own sports talk show, as well as guest hosted on Mountain Bike Radio.
Sean credits mountain biking for saving his life. He moved to Colorado in 1997, out of shape and a smoker, weighing close to 300 lbs. He took up mountain biking, and has been an avid cyclist ever since. Sean has ridden the Bailey Hundo 100 mile mountain bike race three times, and announced this race in 2012.
Sean also enjoys planning and organizing Mountain Bike trips to Crested Butte, Steamboat, Durango, Fruita and Moab, and does 2-3 trips per year, booking VRBOs for 10-15 people.
Laurie is a proud Colorado native who thrives while on the move. While her favorite activity is trail running and climbing mountains, she also plays ice hockey, cycles, Nordic skis and volunteers with Jeffco Open Space. In her unconventional way Laurie has run ultras for over 20 years with no DNFs (and even pulling a 35 pound sled through frozen Alaska for 100 miles).
A 6-year old at heart, Laurie plays as a kindergarten/first grade teacher at Friends’ School in Boulder, infusing her students with passion and curiosity for outdoor life.
Laurie lives in Lakewood, Colo., with her husband Kurt Hardester.
Sheila is originally from western Pennsylvania. She moved to Palmer Lake, Colorado in 2006 to be in the Rocky Mountains and lives there now with her husband, John; daughter, Araina; and Malamute, Kayuh. She earned her PhD in Public Affairs at UC Denver and now works full-time as a senior instructor there.
Sheila has been running ultras for 12 years. This summer, she is going to run the Colorado Trail. Other than trail running, she loves to mountaineer, hike, backpack, camp, snowshoe, travel, hang out with her family, and she enjoys a few indoor activities, too, like theater and reading.
Having grown up in Colorado, Ileana returned two years ago to study human nutrition at Metropolitan State University. She has a passion for athletics and plans to specialize in sports nutrition.
In 2012 while living in Baltimore, Ileana picked up running to manage stress and improve her overall health. After a few months, she signed up to co-manage The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore’s Health and Wellness Committee with the desire to help improve fellow coworkers’ work and personal lives. While co-managing the committee hosted two 5k runs, create a running group, implemented a Biggest Loser competition, and worked with food and beverage department to improve employee cafeteria meals.
Last year Ileana was introduced to trail running by fellow contributor, Tony Monreal, and has fallen in love with the sport’s spirit and connection to the outdoors.
Ileana lives in Lakewood, Colorado with her 9 year miniature pinscher Charlie, who occasionally comes run the trails with her.
After four years attending college in Minnesota, Matt Rutledge returned to Colorado as quickly as he could. Working an IT job to pay the bills, he quickly took on the weekend warrior persona. Exploring such shenanigans as rock climbing, peak bagging, ice climbing, mountain biking, nordic skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, ultimate frisbee, hackey sack, and all the while playing ice hockey, Matt fell into his true love of the outdoors – trail running.
Originally from Chicago, Ilene decided to leave the Midwest and the “big city” in 2002 and made Colorado her new home. She is fairly certain this is one of the best decisions she ever made. Having too much energy for her own good and a self-described experience junkie, Ilene seeks to spend as much time as possible outside. She has progressed from road running and road cycling in the mountains and now considers herself an evolving ultrarunner.
Soon to celebrate twenty years as an attorney, Ilene works at a large Denver firm and enjoys pro bono endeavors and encouraging others to get involved in pro bono cases. Ilene lives in downtown Denver with her husband JJ Henrikson (a fat tire unicycle and yoga enthusiast) and her adventurous children, Hayden (8) and Harper (6). She is proud that both kids are on their second passport and Ilene feels fortunate to enjoy many unique travels with them.