1.Have you ever been to Montana? If so, where?
It's my first time to Big Sky country.
2.Besides the Rut, what are you looking forward to most about coming to Montana?
As a mountain lover, when a state's name is derived from Spanish word montaña, I figured I had to visit it at some point. That's enough of a descriptor for me to be interested. I've also heard incredible things about the community there, so I look forward to experiencing some of that hospitality.
3.What are some of the highlights of your 2014 racing season?
My main highlights this year have been:
3rd Hardrock 100
1st Squamish 50km
3:06 50km at the Calgary 50k
FKT Rockwall trail Kootenay national Park (57km 6:06)
FKT Canmore Quad (53kms 5,000m vertical 9:21)
4.What is it about the Rut that made you sign up for this event?
I have a great deal of respect for Mike Foote and Mike Wolfe as people and athletes and know that I'll enjoy a course that they helped design. I also always cherish the opportunity to race against some of the best athletes in the world and experience new venues. In short, the race ticks my main criteria for an event: competitive, challenging, welcoming, aesthetic and requiring travel to a new place.
5. On a scale from 1-10 how much would you say you enjoy running off trail on slabs of talus the size of dinner plates that constantly slip and slide out from under your feet, or better yet, flip up and hit you really hard in the ankle bones and shin?
The more scree and shale surfing involved, the happier I am as a runner. I grew up playing soccer and rugby, so my shins are well conditioned and scarred.