2015 Speakers

Trained as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola before writing his international bestseller, Born to Run. His fascination with the limits of human potential led him to create the Outside magazine web series, “Art of the Hero.” Born to Run is currently being made into a feature film starring Matthew McConaughey. He recently released his latest book, Natural Born Heroes, in which he discovers the tools of the hero.

Christopher McDougall


Karl Meltzer is one of the world’s best ultrarunners. He holds the record for most career wins in 100-mile races, and he has set course speed records at the toughest 100s on the planet. In 2006, Karl won a world-record six 100s in a single season and earned Road Runners Club of America’s Runner of the Year and the Everest Award (the Academy Awards of adventure sports). In 2007 and 2009, he won five 100s, setting numerous course records. In 2008, he completed the Appalachian Trail in 54 days, the fourth-fastest time in history.
Karl Meltzer

Karl Meltzer

Ultrarunner & Coach

Dr. Julie Angel received her Ph.D. from Brunel University’s Screen Media Research Centre in 2011 and has spent much of her time since documenting the ‘age of athleticism.’ One of her current projects is See & Do, a global project aiming to promote inclusivity in movement communities by normalizing images of women being active through activities such as, parkour, buildering, and MovNat. She is currently writing Over the Edge, a book that recounts the history of parkour through a tale about the desire to move.

Dr. Julie Angel

Filmmaker, Author, & Athlete

Travis Macy is a speaker, author, coach, and professional endurance athlete. He is the author of The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion's 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life, and he holds the record for Leadman, an epic endurance event consisting of a trail running marathon, 50-mile mountain bike race, Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, 10k road run, and Leadville 100 Run, all above 10,200' in the Rocky Mountains. Travis lives with his wife and two children in the mountains near Evergreen, Colorado.

Travis Macy


Dr. David Horton is an extreme ultrarunner, race director of over 75 ultras, professor of exercise science at Liberty University, and motivational speaker. Dr. Horton has run across the U.S., won the Hardrock 100 miler in its first two years, set the speed record for the Appalaichian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, and completed the self-supported 2700+ mile Tour Divide mountain bike race. To date Dr. Horton has run over 113,000 miles.

Dr. David Horton

Ultrarunner, Race Director, & Professor

Lisa Smith-Batchen is a world reknown elite ultra runner, ironman competitor and adventure racer. Lisa is a woman of many "firsts". She is the first American to win the Marathon des Sables stage-race through the Moroccan desert and has twice won the Badwater Ultramarathon. She is also the first and only person to ever have run 50 miles a day in 50 states in the USA in 62 days! A proven coach and motivator, Lisa has helped hundreds of individuals achieve their specific goals.

Lisa Smith-Batchen

Endurance Athlete & Coach

Marshall Ulrich is an author, motivational speaker, and one of the leading ultraendurance athletes in the country. He has completed over 120 ultramarathons (averaging over 125 miles each), finished 12 expedition-length adventure races, and climbed the Seven Summits on his first attempts. He was the first to circumnavigate the 425 mile trek around Death Valley National Park. He has also conquered the over 3,000 mile run across the U.S. from San Francisco to NYC.

Marshall Ulrich

Ultrarunner & Mountaineer

Michael Vitez is a human interest writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1997 for a series of stories titled Final Choices. In 2012, he published his book, The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit, about the story of Matthew Miller, a University of Virginia student involved in a tragic cycling accident while training for a triathlon. Michael Vitez shares the incredible, humbling, miraculous story of Matt’s survival and recovery. It is a story, truly, of grace and grit.

Michael Vitez

Author & Journalist

Shane Eversfield is the founder and head of coach of Zendurance Cycling. An ultraendurance athlete, Shane competes in a variety of endurance events, including a two-time finish in the Hawaii Ironman, Ultraman World championship, and the Virginia Triple Iron. Shane is a Total Immersion Master Coach and Triathlon Specialist, and is the author of "Zendurance." His zendurance approach appeals strongly to a wide range of physical and mental health care professionals who seek his guidance to enhance their own work.

Shane Eversfield

Founder of Zendurance & Endurance Athlete

For over 20 years Meg Waldron has guided athletes from age group to elite. In her day she was a track All-American, 5th in the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon, and helped run the Olympic torch down the PanAmerican highway. She is a USATF certified coach and studied at the Penn Program for Mindfulness. Published in Runner's World, The Complete Book of Running for Women, and Be Iron Fit, Meg has worked with the US Olympic Development team. She’s finishing her Master’s in Sport Psychology at Temple University.

Meg Waldron

Mental Conditioning Coach

Ann Trason is a 14-time women’s champion at the Western States 100. She set World Records at the 50-mile (5:40:18 in 1991), 100K (7:00:47, 1995), 12-Hour (91 miles 1312 yards, 1991) and 100-mile (13:47:42, 1991) distances. Ann was race director of the Dick Collins Fire Trails 50 in Northern California for 11 years, and has taught science at the college level. She also coaches middle school cross country and track & field and volunteers often at ultramarathons. Ann is a featured columnist at Ultrarunning Magazine.

Ann Trason

Coach & Ultrarunner

Dr. Simon Donato is a geologist, entrepreneur, television host, writer, public speaker, adventurer, and ultra endurance athlete. An entrepreneur at heart, Simon is the co-founder and president of Stoked Oats, a gluten free oatmeal company; founder of Adventure Science, a volunteer based scientific field exploration organization, and; Co-founder, creative producer, and host of Boundless, an adventure sports television show on NBC's Esquire Network. He has also been a technical producer for other expedition based television programs.
Simon Donato

Dr. Simon Donato

Boundless Host, Endurance Athlete, Geologist

Terra Castro is a professional triathlete from Detroit, Michigan. In 2014, Terra founded the Be Bold Crew- a mobile endurance training + racing team in the city, for the city. The crew not only races + trains together but free programs for youth and adults within the Detroit Parks + Recreation Department. Terra has applied what she learned as a professional triathlete and is sharing those lessons with her athletes and community- Being Bold not just in sport but in life.
Terra Castro NESS

Terra Castro

Professional Triathlete

Jason Fitzgerald is the head coach at Strength Running, one of the largest coaching sites for runners. He is a 2:39 marathoner, USATF-certified coach and his passion is helping runners set monster personal bests. Jason's work has appeared in Runner's World, Competitor, Business Insider, Lifehacker, and many more. A member of the Greatist Expert Network, Jason has spoken at fitness conferences and international organizations on the topics of performance improvement and online marketing.

Jason Fitzgerald

Coach & Endurance Athlete

Vinnie Tortorich is America’s Angriest Trainer. He has been a personal trainer to people from all walks of life for thirty years, from Hollywood celebrities to ultra athletes to children struggling with obesity. In 2012, he began the Angriest Trainer podcast series with co-host Anna Vocino to help listeners solve their fitness and nutrition problems. His memoir, Fitness Confidential was released in 2013 and exposes the underbelly of the fitness industry while championing his No Sugar No Grains (NSNG) approach to nutrition.

Vinnie Tortorich

Trainer, Podcast Host, & Author

Michael Sachs is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Public Health, at Temple University. He received his Ph.D. in sport psychology from Florida State University. Michael is associate editor of Psychology of Running and coeditor of Running as Therapy: An Integrated Approach, and co-wrote The Total Sports Experience for Kids: A Parents' Guide to Success in Youth Sports. His research interests focus upon motivation and adherence, exercise addiction, and the psychology of running.

Dr. Michael Sachs

Professor & Sport Psychologist

Andy has been working as a Certified Athletic Trainer since graduating from the University at Buffalo in 2009. Upon graduating he received a Master Degree in Athletic Training and Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science. He has worked in all levels of athletics, from high school to professional settings. Andy’s passion in athletic performance comes from his love for endurance sports along with playing soccer and ultimate frisbee. His goal is to help all people whether injured, healthy, athlete or weekend warrior to pursue their goals to the best of their abilities.
andy wegman

Andy Wegman

Certified Athletic Trainer & Coach at Body Space Fitness

Theresa Roden, Founder and Executive Director of i-tri, earned an Education Degree from Stonehill College in MA. Inspired by her own transformative experience of completing a triathlon, Roden set out to see if it was possible to lead a group of at-risk adolescent girls on a similar journey to the finish line of a youth distance triathlon, along the way increasing their self-esteem and fitness levels.
Theresa Roden

Theresa Roden

Founder & Executive Director of i-tri

Dr. Rob Gilbert is one of the world’s leading experts on port psychology. As a professor at Montclair State University, he teaches sport psychology and also researches athletic motivation and teamwork, studies that have helped literally thousands of athletes defeat their mental problems. He has studied the mental skills of not only the world’s greatest athletes, but also the most successful business executives and highest-earning salespeople.
Dr. Rob Gilbert

Dr. Rob Gilbert

Professor & Coach

Cason Crane is a long time triathlete and mountaineer from Princeton, NJ. He founded the Rainbow Summits Project, an initiative that raised funds and awareness for The Trevor Project, a suicide a crisis prevention service for LGBTQ youth. In climbing the Seven Summits, Cason raised over $130,000 for The Trevor Project. Cason has been featured on CNN and other major news outlets. Cason currently attends Princeton University.
Cason Crane

Cason Crane

Endurance Athlete & Founder of Rainbow Summits

Denis Murphy, President and Founder of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ), graduated from the University of Albany in 1985 where he was captain of the football team and met his wife, Lynda. In 2004 Denis’s daughter, Jaclyn, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and in 2005, the Murphy family started FOJ to improve the quality of life for children with brain tumors through relationships with high school, college and professional athletic teams. Denis considers his family his greatest accomplishment.
Dennis murphy

Denis Murphy

President & Founder of Friends of Jaclyn Foundation

Nikolas Toocheck, a young philanthropist, is running a marathon in each of the 50 U.S. states to raise money for the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides critical vision care to people in need around the world. At age nine, he started a campaign to help children in need called Running the World for Children. At age 11, Nikolas became the youngest person in history to complete a marathon on each continent. When not running, he also enjoys playing baseball, football and wrestling.
Nikolas Toocheck

Nikolas Toocheck

Marathoner & Philanthropist

Claire Shorenstein is a Registered Dietitian, RRCA certified coach, and distance runner. She received her M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from NYU and works at Montefiore Medical Center. Through her nutrition and coaching business, Eat for Endurance, Claire helps clients achieve their nutrition and exercise goals without sacrificing all the joy in their lives! She has completed numerous marathons and ultra marathons, and gives back by coaching the Gilda's Club NYC Marathon cancer support charity team.
Claire Shorenstein

Claire Shorenstein

Registered Dietitian & Running Coach

Kat Longshore earned her Ph.D. in the Psychology of Movement from Temple University in July, 2015. Her research focused on creating and implementing a Mindfulness Training for Coaches program to reduce stress, improve emotion regulation, and enhance work-life balance for collegiate coaches. Kat is also an experienced Mental Performance Coach, with over 10 years of practice working with elite athletes, coaches, and teams, helping them enhance their performance and satisfaction in sport and life.

Dr. Kat Longshore

Mental Performance Coach

Elizabeth Seeley is a Doctoral Student in Kinesiology at Temple University with research interests in mindfulness and distance running. She has 15+ years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and family therapist. Elizabeth also served as the Director of Development at WES Health System, a leading health and human service provider. A former competitive distance runner, she received a BA in Psychology from American University and a Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University.
Elizabeth Seeley

Elizabeth Seeley

Kinesiology Doctoral Student

Dr. Pat Cuntrera is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor with a number of years of experience as a powerlifter and kettlebell athlete. He is also a third degree black belt with background in Hapkido, Goju-Ryu, Tae, Kwon Do and Tai Chi.
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Dr. Pat Cuntrera

Naturopathic Medical Doctor

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