2018 Camp Mentors




Jason Bryant


Liza Howard


Joe Prusaitis
Austin, TX


I'm an old soul who fell into trail running some 25 odd years ago. Ran some 100+ trail races, directed a few more than that, and now spend my time coaching people for more of the same.

I have never been an elite level runner, known more for my bull-headed persistance. I tend to over-analyze all facets of a race well before hand and then attempt to run the race with the joy of a 10 year old on race day.


My preference is for longer, more technical, rugged, terrain, but still enjoy every other type of race just for the variety of it. In my 60s now, and not as fast as I used to be, which was never that fast to begin with, but the joy is still the same.


Katie Grossman

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Dominic Grossman


Pam Smith


Mike Ehredt


Ellie Greenwood
North Vancouever, BC, Canada

As a trail runner the community aspect of the sport is very important to me.  Although I mostly got into trail running for the physical challenge and the ability to explore the natural world on two feet, I soon found that the people I met along the way became a huge part of why the sport is important to me in my daily life.  There is so much to be gained from trail running - a sense of confidence, a sense of purpose and accomplishment, and the power of forming many solid friendships - I feel this is something that so many other folks can benefit from so I am always happy to share our sport with others.

Favorite trails and races to run:
I love Chuckanut 50k held in Bellingham, WA each March.  It's classic PNW with some fast and smooth trails mixed in with some technical rooty and rocky trails in lush, green forest.  It's a great first time ultra runners event and yet it can also be challenging for more experienced runners who are looking to try run a fast 50k time.  Plus there is a great community atmosphere at Chuckanut so I enjoy seeing friends there each year.

What do you prefer to eat during races?
Generally I like to keep it simple with gels, energy drink and maybe some chips grabbed in passing from aid stations.  Plus there is nothing better than some flat coke towards the end of an ultra and you need that extra kick!  I definitely stay away from anything with cheese at aid stations as that would wreak havoc on my stomach.

Trail gear/kit you can’t run without?    
Again, I like to keep it pretty minimal and have a simple set up that works for most adventures but living in Vancouver we get a lot of rain in the winter so my HOKA waterproof jacket is a life saver - I've yet to find a jacket that is 100% waterproof for hours in torrential rain but this one does a pretty good job and the fit is just perfect.  I also run commute quite a bit so a compact running pack is invaluable - right now I wear the Gregory Navarino pack - it's about 8 years old and still going strong - it's just big enough for a full change of clothes, money, water bottle and a few other essentials, and it's a comfy fit even when stuffed full of gear.

Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?    
Have confidence in your training.  Too many folks run a sub par race because they simple start to loose confidence and talk themselves out of doing well before they have even got to a start line.  It's easy to dwell on what training runs you haven't done and how everyone else has done so much more, but instead it is better to look at what runs you have done and run your own race.  Yes, races are by default setting us up to compare ourselves with others but that is not helpful or realistic in the weeks leading up to a race and on race day itself.  Do the basics in training, remind yourself in race week of all the training that you have done, and then have the confidence on race day to know that you can do well.  If you are confident on race day then you will stay relaxed and make smart decisions and that will set you up for having YOUR best race.

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twitter.com/eLLiejG
http://elliegreenwood.blogspot.ca/
    

Ricky Haro
Phoenix, AZ

I first attended Band of Runners trail running camp a few years ago and discovered firsthand how powerful and supportive this community can be. I’ve leaned on the community several times as life has challenged me. I’ve also been able to support others as well. The nature of how the camp is programmed offers a unique life-changing experience. To continue to share this experience with others is why the mission resonates with me.

Favorite trails and races to run?
Anything rugged, rocky, and sharp.
I love run challenges like Badwater 146 or the Nolan’s Line.

What do you prefer to eat during races?
Good healthy and lite breakfast a few hours before the race; mainly liquid nutrition for the first half and then I switched to whole foods.
When all that fails...Quesadillas, Oreos, Coca-cola, Watermelon, and Gummy Worm.

Trail gear/kit you can’t run without?
My running buff

Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
Keep your mind focused and on task, be persistent and consistent...

    

Chris Russell


Brian Ricketts


Joe Uhan


Monica Morant


Scotty Mills
​Near Carlsbad, CA

Having served 22 years in the Air Force and participated in the
evacuation of South Vietnam, I’ve gained a firsthand appreciation
of our service members’ sacrifices and courage in serving their
country. Band of Runners is such a worthwhile endeavor.

My favorite trails are the east county mountains of San Diego which include the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Mt Laguna Recreation Areaand Lake Cuyamaca…..all of which are part of the San Diego 100Mile course. My favorite races remain Western States 100,
Hardrock 100 and Lake Sonoma 50.


What do you prefer to eat during races?
Tailwind Nutrition Drink, bananas, and gels. Soup at night.


Trail gear/kit you can’t run without?
Hydration (bladder) pack, sunglasses, and sunscreen.


Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t over race, don’t over train, and always try to take time off

each year to rest, relax, and reinvigorate.

Facebook and Twitter: @ScottMillsSD100

Dale Cougot


Rachel Ballard


Rob VanHouten
​North Carolina

I never knew my dad. My father went into the Marine Corps as an all American. It was something that every male in our family did. He did several tours of Vietnam and somewhere along the way he got lost. He came back and fought any authority, he was an addict, he was abusive, and ultimately was never a part of my life. I could show pictures of before and after, and no one would believe it was the same person. He never found his way out of the fog that he was lost in. He self-medicated and died fighting memories, he could not let go of.

As a child, I prayed he would pick me (and my brother) over the drugs. That he would "wake up" and realize I was important to him. At 6 years old, it was naive, but it seemed like a simple choice. It never happened. I only wish there was a group, or program or something he could have found to help him.  So I decided that if there was ever anything I could do, to help, I would.  Even in his struggles he helped shape me to be passionate to make a difference.

I understand what we do helps Vets and Active personal, but I also personally know that help goes beyond the single individual and reconnects families

Favorite trails and races to run?
Mount Juneau to Granite Basin Races- Bandera, Squamish and Pinhoti

What do you prefer to eat during races?
GU espresso love, and GU Energy Stoopwafel Wild Berry

Trail gear/kit you can’t run without?
Altra Superior shoes, Dry Max socks, Squirrel nut butter

Most useful running advice you’ve ever received?
 “Be patient, there are no quick fixes. It’s about believing in the plan and executing.”

facebook.com/rob.vanhouten.1
www.just-life.rocks/
    

Paul Terranova


Ryan Yedlinsky
Lansing, KS

A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with five combat tours, Ryan and his family have
settled about 25 minutes outside Kansas City. As a trail and ultra-
runner, he supported Team RWB trail running camps for four years. Moved by the
tremendously positive effects those camps had on veterans and civilians alike, Ryan
jumped on the chance to join the Band of Runners team as their military advisor in
2018.
Living in a variety of places around the country, Ryan had the opportunity to race in
several areas, but his favorites are in Washington State and Virginia. They provide
very different styles of trails (mountains versus wicked rolling hills), but both are
challenging and beautiful. Just make sure you provide potato soup and/or pierogi to
keep him happy!
Experience has taught him that, as a heavy sweater, he always needs some form of
head wear (hat, buff, etc), to keep the sweat out of his eyes regardless of the
temperature. But what is truly important to him are pieces of advice he receive
years ago and still lives by today. First, race day is not the time to try out new food
or gear. Second (specifically for ultras), don’t try to run a race as a whole; approach
it as a series of aid stations – just get to the next aid station and take it from there.

MeredithTerranova



Band of Runners
Mentor Family

Dave Mackey


Jamil Coury


Scott Kummer


Meghan Arbogast Laws


Nicole Kalerogeropolis


Nicole Terranova Yedlinsky


Zach Bitter


Doise Chew Miers


Sabrina Little


Joanna Brand


Steven Moore


Julie Schmal


Kerri Reynolds