Riley Smith, Race Staff
Riley was born and raised in small town in Eastern Oregon. He was inspired to run by watching his brothers and sisters run when he was little. After running in high school Riley transitioned to triathlons for 4 years before discovering his love for trail running. Spending time on the trails and exploring the mountains is what makes him happy. Riley started off his running career with a few road marathons and then on to a few 50ks followed by a 100k. Riley first met the Destination Trail Crew at the 2016 Bigfoot 200 and never left. He loves being around like minded people who share the passion for the trails and mountains. Riley's motto is, "Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life!"
Candice Burt, Race Director/Owner
Candice Burt is a full time Race Director and organizes trail races in some of the most beautiful, remote and wild places in the USA. She is always scheming about how to make tougher and longer events. Candice is a competitive ultra runner, professional adventurer and mother of two. Candice trains with her three furry running buddies River, Hank, and B in the mountains. Follow her adventure pups here. You can follow her adventures here:
Check out all of Candice's events at: Destination Trail
Angel Mathis, Medical Director
Angel Mathis has been a nurse since 2002 and a licensed, certified family nurse practitioner since 2008 with a Master in Public Health since 2009. She she has provided a wide range of services to people across the lifespan in family practice, urgent care, and emergency medicine.
Angel is a runner and a thru-hiker who is almost always out exploring with her husband, Tim. She has completed more than 15 ultras including the Cascade Crest 100 miler, and several other long distance adventure runs including a run across the 500 mile Camino de Santiago, around Mount Saint Helens, and along the Olympic Coast. More recently she has taken to long distance backpacking and thru-hiking including hiking the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2015, the O Circuit in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile, and lots of other multi-day adventures.
Kristal Sager, Assistant Race Director, Volunteer Coordinator
Kristal was born and raised in Washington. She loves the mountains whether she is running trails or playing in the snow. Kristal found her love for running in 2005 when her youngest child was 1. Originally running road half and full marathons, she discovered her love for trail running in 2009 at her first trail race on Orcas Island and never looked back. When Kristal isn't racing you can find her volunteering at races as she loves being a part of the wonderful running community.
Kyla Claudell, Headquarters Manager
Kyla was lucky enough to grow up on the front range in Colorado and fell deeply in love with mountains and trails. Her goal most days is to spend more time outside than inside and she’s up for anything – run, bike, snowboard, raft, climb, or backpack. Kyla has helped produce trail races and support ultra runners for the last five years and she thinks she has the best job on the planet! Kyla’s favorite events are backcountry adventures that bring runners into remote and beautiful locations and let them really test their limits.
238+ mile footrace through desert, canyons, slick rock, two mountain ranges surrounded
by Canyonlands and Arches National Parks