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


Brian MacKenzie is a movement specialist and strength and conditioning coach. He created CrossFit Endurance, which specializes in movement with an emphasis in running, cycling, and swimming mechanics. MacKenzie and his program have been featured in Competitor, Runner's World, Triathlete, Men's Journal, ESPN Rise, The Economist, and Outside. Brian also co-authored Power Speed Endurance, and New York Times Best Seller & Men's Journal Health Book of the Year, UnBreakable Runner.

Brian MacKenzie

Founder of CrossFit Endurance & 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

Ray Zahab is an ultrarunner and founder of impossible2Possible, where he educates and inspires youth to reach beyond their limits and promote social and environmental action. Ray has taken on some of the most challenging expeditions, including trekking across the Sahara Desert by foot in 111 days while raising awareness for the water crises in Africa. His feat was the subject of the documentary Running the Sahara, produced and narrated by Matt Damon.

Ray Zahab

Ultrarunner & Mountaineer

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

Dr. Nicholas Romanov is a best-selling author, elite coach, and sports scientist, and was a competitive athlete for over thirty years. Dr. Romanov has garnered worldwide fame for developing the Pose Method, a revolutionary way to run using gravity as a leading force in human movement. He has worked with elite athletes including members of the Olympic teams of U.S., Great Britain, Russia, El Salvador, and Russia.
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Dr. Nicholas Romanov

Founder of the Pose Method & 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

Matt Fitzgerald is an award winning journalist and bestselling author of over 20 books on endurance sports and nutrition, including Brain Training for Runners and Racing Weight. One of his most recent books, Diet Cult, takes a critical look at many of the current popular diets. Matt is a running and triathlon coach, as well as a certified sports nutritionist, serving as a consultant for a variety of sports nutrition companies.

Matt Fitzgerald

Author, Nutritionist, & Coach

Terra Castro is a professional triathlete from Detroit, residing in Arlington, Virginia. She turned pro in 2003, and one year later completed her first Ironman 70.3 race finishing in 2nd place. In addition to her triathlon. In 2011, she was the first American to cross the line in the 2011 Ironman Cozumel.
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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

Jeff is an activist who has worked on many social justice isues including worker rights, land issues, and racial equity. Jeff has been connected to Ben & Jerry's since its inception. He is credited with helping to write the first business plan and has been involved with management and/or the board of directors for more than 35 years. He is the board's current chair. Jeff also serves on the board of the Oakland Institute and Edge Funders Alliance. His work often entails connecting the business world with the activist's world.

Jeff Furman

Activist & Businessman

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.
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Andy Wegman

Certified Athletic Trainer & Coach at Body Space Fitness

Chris Moore is a writer, coach, and blogger. He’s host of The Barbell Buddha Podcast, and cohost of Barbell Shrugged, a weekly podcast devoted to strength, health, fitness, and all things brash. His experience is drawn from over twenty-years spent training for and competing in American Football, powerlifting, a bit of strongman, and a dash of mixed martial arts.
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Chris Moore

Coach, Author, & Cohost of Barbell Shrugged

Mike Bledsoe is one of the founders and owners of Faction Strength & Conditioning Home of CrossFit Memphis. He is a cohost of the Barbell Shrugged Podcast and Barbell Business Podcast. He has a degree in Exercise & Sport Science. He has also competed in powerlifing. Mike continues to coach elite athletes and devotes his time to bettering other people.
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Mike Bledsoe

Powerlifter, Coach, & Cohost of Barbell Shrugged

Doug co-owns Faction Strength and Conditioning in Memphis and is a co-host of the Barbell Shrugged Podcast. He also fights for Memphis Judo and Jiu Jits and has an extensive MMA background participating in a number of fights. Doug recieved a masters in Exercise Science, writing his thesis on the science of fish oil. Doug also runs an online workshop for atheletes to better their technique and form for all movements.
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Doug Larson

MMA Pro, Coach, & Cohost of Barbell Shrugged

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.
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Denis Murphy

President & Founder of Friends of Jaclyn Foundation

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