... Is a trail, ultra and road runner hailing from the great Pacific Northwest in Tacoma, WA. His running journey began in 2006 as a way to keep fit but quickly evolved into a passion after completing his first marathon in 2007. In 2015 Dan ventured into the world of trail and ultra running and hasn’t looked back since. Dan has racked up over 115 marathon/ultra finishes in his 11 years of running and has had success in distances from the half marathon to the hundred miler. His proudest accomplishments are finishing 3rd overall in his first 50 miler (2016 Rocky 50 in 7:04), completing his first hundred miler in December 2017 at Brazos Bend 100. Dan will run any race, any surface and any distance and enjoys everything from a range of fast and flat road races, to gnarly mountain 50 milers and 50ks. Dan will continue to focus on frequent racing in 2018 and has plans to run his ass off for the year. In addition to racing, Dan is very involved in the running community in Washington and serves as a mentor/running coach to a training group and is the assistant race director for numerous races in the Seattle Area. Dan’s Victory Bags are a must for him in any of his races and are his go-to for his racing and frequent travels.
My name is Megan (Meg). I live in the great Texas Hill Country and I am a trail and ultra runner. Sports and the outdoors has always been my passion, but it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I took up running. After a couple road races, my passion for the nature, travel and adventure led me to trail and eventually Ultras. Running for me is a way to clear the mind and challenge the body’s capabilities. I spent a majority of life afraid to step out of my comfort zone but discovered, through running, a whole other world of possibilities. Outside of running, I am a middle school language arts teacher, coach and mentor for a very special group of children. I have a wonderful husband, Joe, and a crazy, sprinting dog named Anna. I welcome any chance to explore new places and venture away from city lights. Victory bags are the perfect fit from the classroom to the trails and everything in between.
For the last 21 years, Katie has been a competitive runner, but it was only four years ago that Katie discovered ultramarathons. She quickly fell in love with them and cannot get enough of the supportive community. Katie has been inquisitive and has made an effort to try out various events/distances. She has competed in The Triple Crown of 200's, several timed events (6,12, 24 hour), hundos, 50-milers, and 100Ks. The 200's seem to be her distance of choice. She eagerly waits for an opportunity to run Tor Des Geants 200 in Italy. Katie is a mental health therapist in Austin. She also provides running therapy as an option for her clients that are runners or who would like to start running. In addition to this, Katie coaches runners part-time through Rogue Running in downtown Austin. Katie is passionate about volunteering and has been involved with an organization/running program for the homeless population, called Back On My Feet for the past several years. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, climbing, and water sports.
Jenny Maier DeNucci
Jenny’s sense of adventure and love of the mountains is what started her on her path to racing her first ultra in 2013. Shortly thereafter, she left her career as a lawyer to pursue her passion for working in the outdoors industry full-time. In 2015, Jenny won her first 100K trail race in Santa Barbara, and has been running all surfaces all distances ever since, earning her first 100-mile buckle at Javelina 100 in 2017. Jenny is a running coach, personal trainer and yoga instructor who loves supporting others in achieving their goals, which regularly extends to ultra crew duty for her Husband (and Victory teammate) Chris DeNucci. When she isn’t running (or crewing or coaching) you can find her taking awesome Instagram selfies with her dog, Henry.
I am an ultrarunningdad who started in this endurance sport not too long ago in 2016. I like to run far on trails and in the mountains. My mission is to provide my 4 young daughters with a example of what can be done with a little effort and hard work. To date I have run 50+ ultra distance events. I am drawn towards the longer distances. Team Victory has been a great partner in helping me stay organized and efficient in these events. Details, my prior results, and upcoming schedule are all on my website blog: https://trevormeding.blogspot.
I discovered trail and ultra running like many others. I started with a road 5k and gradually worked my way up to doing several marathons when I discovered myself needing a new challenge. I ran my first 50 mile November 2015 on a whim without trail experience or any ultra specific training. I made every mistake in the book but was completely hooked! I quickly completed my first 100 miler February 2016 and started researching how to train better. I completed an exciting and thrilling year of ultra racing in 2017 including finishing 2nd female at the USATF 100 Mile Trail Championship before returning to school to make the career change to Physical Therapist Assistant. It was a rough two years for my running while I completed my degree but I’m now a practicing PTA and getting back into ultra running shape. 2019 included many wins and podium finishes in ultras around Texas and I can't wait to see what 2020 holds!
I started running at the age of 22, back in Germany with the goal of finishing a marathon. I did so and after just 3 months of running finished with a time of 2:56. Here we are 27 years later, now living in the USA since 1997, still running, longer and more hills these days but not planning on slowing down, even after recent surgery for a torn labrum and FAI in the hip. Besides running I love trekking with my teenage boys and we have been to many amazing places in the Sierras, Alps, Rockies and even thru hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail in Summer of 2016. Outside of running I am lucky to have a fun job as creative director working mostly in the wine industry creating brands and helping existing brands succeed.
- Two time member of the German National Team Trail Ultra at World Championships
- Course record holder Tahoe Rimtrail 50mile (7:52, only runner sub 8 hours)
- 50k and 50mile PR’s (50km 3:12:32, 50 mile 5:56:17)
- 2011 RRCA National Champion Masters 100 Mile Trail
- Masters 2nd place at CIM at age 46 (2:36)
- 3rd place overall American River 2014
- Leadville 100, Tahoe Rimtrail 100 and Western States 100 Finisher
Franz van der Groan
In 2018 I ticked off one of my first running goals I ever had back in 2004, to be crowned a British Columbia provincial champion in the 800m. Accomplishing that has led me to consider that some of my other running goals might be possible. In 2019 one of those goals was a return to the Canadain Track and Field National Championships to compete for a spot in the finals. Goal accomplished with a 5th place finish and 800 PR. Another goal is to break the 4-minute mile. I'm still pushing at 4:10. When I’m not training, I’m working as a school teacher and educating children in the knowledge of physical literacy that they will be able to use as they get older. I live in Victoria, BC Canada a temperate climate by Canadian standards where I train year round. In my Fall and winter months race short course road races to work on skills to aid me on the track. One of these years I’ll become an ultra athlete.