238 mile footrace through desert, canyons, slick rock, two mountain ranges surrounded by Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
Joshua Ruckman, On-Site Logistics Coordinator
Born and raised in the flat lands of the Midwest my family and I moved to Washington during the summer of 2015. While I have been running in some form or another since 2003, it wasn’t until I met with a great group of runners from Omaha Nebraska that I was introduced to Ultra Running. My first Ultra distance race was at the 100k distance. By mile 50 I was a broken shell of a man and swore to myself that I would never do something so foolish again. When I crossed the finish line I realized I was hooked and there was no going back to running laps at the high school track. To me ultra-running is so much more than just a physical challenge. From a personal standpoint, I am truly in love with the mental and emotional aspects of running long distance. It is such a self-enlightening and humbling experience. If you ever want to find out what you are really made of run 200 miles, I would be willing to wager that you will never be the same person again.
Riley Smith, Social Media, Marketing
I was born and raised in small town in Eastern Oregon. I got inspired to run by watching my brothers and sisters run when I was. After running in high school I transitioned to triathlons for 4 years before fully finding my true love…. Being out on the trails exploring the mountains surrounding me are really what makes me happy. I started off with a few road marathons and then on to a few 50ks followed by a 100k. I first met the Destination Trail Crew at the 2016 Bigfoot 200 and I have just never left.. Love being around like minded people who share the passion for the trails and mountains. Do what you LOVE and you will never work a day in your life!
Candice Burt, Race Director/Owner
Candice Burt organizes trail races in some of the most beautiful places in the USA. She is the first race director to create a 200 mile single loop trail running race, the Tahoe 200 (and now a the first point to point 200 – the Bigfoot 200). Candice owns & runs Destination Trail, LLC a company that organizes epic trail races in the US with a mission to give back to the trails though trail work and charitable donations. Candice is an athlete, student of yoga, and competitive trail runner, lover of mountains and avid backcountry skier in addition to her work with Destination Trail. Candice specializes in racing 100 mile trail runs. In her spare time she likes to make Hawaiian poke, study trail maps, run in the mountains, enjoys slack lining, and practice power vinyasa yoga, sometimes all at the same time.
Samantha de le Vega, Start/Finish Coordinator & Live Results
Sam has worked with Destination Trail since Bigfoot 2015. She has now moved into the roll of Director of Permitting, while continuing to manage live results for our three 200-mile endurance runs. Sam is an ultrarunner, mother of three, and corporate Project Manager, Agile Coach, and Business Transformation professional. We look forward to another exciting year of 200’s with Sam’s organizational assistance.
Todd Nardi, Medical Director
I am a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, a former infantry U.S. Marine, and a father. I continue to study medicine: hold advanced certifications; and continue to learn about myself, as I spend many hours on the trail. Nature & Medicine are my passions. I have been a Medic for many obstacle course races, motocross races, and numerous 50 milers on the Arizona Trail. My proudest moments have been as a member of the Destination Trail team as Medical Lead for the Inaugural Tahoe 200, followed by the Bigfoot 200, and the 120 Miler and 100k. The people I have met, the places I’ve been, and the adventures I’ve had have been amazing. And the journey has just begun……
Kristal Sager, Race Logistics, Assistant Race Director, Volunteer Coordinator
I was born and raised in Washington. I love the mountains whether I am running trails or playing in the snow. I found my love for running in 2005 when my youngest child was 1. Originally running road half and full marathons, but discovered my love for trail running in 2009 at my first trail race on Orcas Island and never looked back. Over the years when I wasn’t racing you could find me volunteering at races to be part of the wonderful running community.
If I am not hard at work with Destination Trail or my own business, you can find me enjoying my three children or on an adventure spent running the trails in the mountains, taking photos and enjoying a good local beer!