Heather, known as Anish on trails, completed her “Triple Crown” of Backpacking in 2006 at the age of 25. She completed the 2,100 mi long Appalachian Trail in 2003, the 2,600 mi long Pacific Crest Trail in 2005, and the ~2,600 mi long Continental Divide Trail in 2006. She subsequently took up ultra-marathon running, completing six 100 mile races since August 2011 as well as dozens of 50k and 50 mi events. She has attempted the Barkley Marathons twice, starting a third loop once.
She is well known for setting the overall self-supported speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 (60 days, 17 hours, 12 min), breaking the previous record by four days. In 2015 she once again made FKT history, setting the overall self-supported FKT on the Appalachian Trail (54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes) also breaking that record by four days.
When not on an adventure Heather is an online coach and ACE certified Personal Trainer. She also speaks about her adventures regularly and is currently working on a book chronicling her Pacific Crest Trail record.
Mark is a personal trainer and running coach of 14 years experience
A runner for more than 40 years, training under elite coaches in NZ and UK. In this time he has competed at events at all distances from 100m to the marathon, and is now enjoying the challenge and freedom of off-road running.
He has combined his knowledge of exercise science with his passion for running by assisting many runners successfully target events and to run more efficiently. This is through individual coaching plus his long-running core strengthening classes for runners.
A caffeine lover, a bright speed short wearer, an experimental baker and brewer, a sun seeker, a technology enthusiast, intrepid explorer and jump for joy'er.
Emma is also a runner. That happy place might best be found between seasides and mountain peaks, kicking up dirt on plush hilltop trails. She started chasing finish lines in 2010, playing with the limits of possibility with more races and longer distances. Recent pursuits included thirty half marathons for 2013, a first ultra in a cyclone in 2014, five more ultras since then including with imaginary bears in Canada and gusty hilltops on Kepler and a constant passion for Tarawera, pacesetter as the kiwi run ambassador in lululemon's Vancouver half marathon in 2014 and 2015, and chasing 100k for the first time this summer. Finish lines are remarkable. But there is something even more magical in channeling the beaming and connection of running in the everyday.
Running connects people with places and has us dreaming big. That courage spills over into other areas of our lives. Let's pursue the why and the what if of these things. We all have a story. That companionship and connection and shared achievement and may make all the difference to the journey be it in running or in lives.
Nate Godfrey is a New Zealander who has spent the past 12 years living overseas, having recently returned home. He represented NZ at the World U21 Track & Field Championships as a 400m runner, but after retirement he ran his first marathon. He has now set a new goal of joining the 7 marathon continents club, having completed 6 marathons on 6 continents. He is currently training for the Antarctica Ice Marathon in 2017.
Nathan has a double degree in Physical Education and Marketing, and is currently studying an MBA. He works in the Professional Sports Management industry, and is currently the Head of Commercial at the Wellington Phoenix Football Club. He also has 3 years experience working in the AFL Industry in Australia. Before this, he managed health clubs for Richard Branson's Virgin Active brand in the United Kingdom.
Nate is the Race Director of the Kangaroo Island Marathon, a project he founded in 2014. He is passionate about adventure running and travel, and lives by the Japanese proverb Kaizen which means consistent improvement. He is engaged to Heike Jensen, Australian Beach Volleyball Player, and will get married on the 12th of March 2016.
Paul has run in the mountains of NZ over the past 23 years since he arrived from the UK. He regularly goes off on his own into the mountains for a long run or a couple of days. He did a Bob Graham Round in the UK back in 1990 and at the time was running numerous two day mountain marathons relying on map and compass work to navigate from point to point.
He got into running from years of orienteering where the training used contour only maps and reliance on accurate compass work. In NZ he has completed 22 Kepler challenges, a good few Tararua mountain marathons, various Wellington Ridge Runner Trips, 18 Holdsworth Jumbo races, and recently completed a Schormanns Kaitoke run in just under 24 hours. He’s also run down the main range of the Tararuas 6 times and always in thick mist, but not got lost to date!
Alice Kronfeld is a sports massage therapist at BACK TO IT integrated manual therapies
Dr. James Kuegler's coaching philosophy stems from the belief that maximum growth occurs on the border of support and challenge. This belief is applicable not just to coaching, but to every aspect of life. With this in mind James works very hard to find the balance between pushing an athlete to their limits and supporting them along the way.
As a coach, Kuegler takes great pride in assisting everyday folk, to achieve extra-ordinary feats. James is inspired by the numerous examples of athletes becoming role models for the family, community, and in their professional life as a result of their commitment and dedication to their goals.
James' chiropractic studies taught him the importance of developing efficiency. This starts from the ground up, and must include efficient technique, adequate strength, mobile joints, and flexible muscles. James is able to speak about efficiency from a place of authority, and regularly delivers seminars and workshops on the topic. Efficiency also serves as the easiest way to develop untrained speed.
Chandima Kulathilake aka “Chan”
Chan has been running for quite a number of years both on and off road in Wellington and where ever he goes in the world. A recreational runner with consistent “mid-pack” and age grade achievements he loves to help other runners to get started and enjoy running. He writes about running adventures on: http://whatrunnersdo.com and http://74running.com
While he describes himself as just an ordinary bloke with no outstanding athletic gifts, Malcolm has achieved some quite remarkable feats of endurance.
An ardent believer in the "use it or lose it" approach to life, Malcolm inspires others to get out there and use the physical and mental powers that they have been blessed with.
Mal has had a lifelong love affair with wild places, especially mountains. It all started in Scotland, where he began bagging peaks at an early age, encouraged by his dad who was an avid hill walker. His passion for long-distance trail running really took hold in 2009 when he came up with the idea of running New Zealand's 7 mainland Great Walks in 7 days, which has never been done before. Mal documented this life-changing experience in his book One Step Beyond.
And that was just the beginning. Since then, Mal has run many thousands of trail kms, completing another 7in7 Challenge, climbed 'Everest in a Day', and run the entirety of the South West Coast Path in the UK (all 1,014 km of it) in a record time of 17 days. All these Challenges were charity fundraisers and collectively they raised almost $300,000.
In 2015 he took on his biggest challenge yet, running 50 off-road marathons, while climbing 50 peaks over 50 consecutive days – aka the High Five-0 challenge. He ran some 1,700kms through rough Kiwi backcountry, raising $510,000 for the Mental Health Foundation NZ, and won Wilderness Magazine's 'Outdoor Hero of the Year' award.
When is comes to longevity, Gary has the credentials. He has been a competitive athlete since age 14, having contested just about every discipline on the track, road and cross country. He has run 13 marathons, all under 3 hrs and a PB of 2:34 before giving that event away. He contested the first ever multisports race in about 1979 where he was beaten into 2nd place by a little known surfie named Paul MacDonald. Gary averaged 3rd place in multisports racing through to about 1983 in multisports, giving high level sports a miss with the birth of his first child. In recent years Gary has concentrated on mountain biking and is presently circulating approximately 20% faster than his nearest age group rivals in NZ and Australia. Gary holds the 60+ age records for every race he has entered since turning 60. His immediate goal is to win the world champs in the 60+ age category. In recent years, along with his brothers, Bruce and Gordon, they have dominated the masters multisports team races in NZ and Australia.
Gary is the older brother of 4 times Olympian and Olympic marathon bronze medalist, Lorraine Moller, who has an astonishing claim to athlete longevity: 28 years of international representation before retirement!
Gary is a nutritional medicine consultant with InterClinical Laboratories.
Good People Run was founded by Paul Petch who’s a family man, professional photographer and designer with a love for running. As well as working as a creative for more than 15 years, Paul has also been involved with volunteering to support others for most of his life.
In 2013 Paul saw an opportunity to connect his three life focuses of running, giving back and creativity, so the Good People Run brand was born and launched in 2015.
We're not-for-profit at GPR with a key focus to working with others to give back to the community and charities through creativity, donations, collective resources and supporting others.
Roger Robinson has been known in Wellington for 41 years as "the running professor." Internationally, he's celebrated for performances like his age-group records at the Boston, New York, Vancouver, and other marathons, and for his extensive writing and speaking, including being one of the sport's best historians and commentators on the contemporary scene. He was senior writer for Running Times (USA), and previously for New Zealand Runner. His books include Heroes and Sparrows, 26.2 Marathon Stories, Spirit of the Marathon, the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, and Robert Louis Stevenson: His Best Pacific Writings. He's currently winning age-group awards again following a knee replacement, and is working on a book on the social and historical importance of the running movement.
My name's Margo, and I'm driven to run, but bike and swim too!! As a single mum when i started my journey, planning, organising and management was necessary. However, the desire to achieve is a good thing for me, but to get there planning and goal setting is essential. This also means understanding goals that are achievable to each individual is also essential. This planning goes all the way to moments before the event you're about to start as race day arrives.
Dawn Tuffery wandered into running about ten years ago and was quickly hooked by the nice people and beautiful trails. Her favourite races to date have been the Arc Kauri Ultra 70k , Tarawera Ultra, the Kepler Challenge, and the Ultra-Trail Des Cagous 80k in New Caledonia. She sometimes runs on the road too, and won the Athletics NZ Women’s 100k championships in 2010 and 2014.
Dawn writes regularly for ‘Kiwi Trail Runner’ magazine, illustrated Mal Law’s High Five-0 challenge with daily drawings, and has published a book of cartoons detailing her adventures in parenthood. She lives in Hamilton with her fiancé and daughter.
When not writing, drawing or running, Dawn enjoys stiltwalking, animating, editing, reading and eating.
She occasionally blogs at www.dawntuffery.com.
The daughter of a possum-trapper and deer-hunter, Vicki grew up surrounded by trees. Despite a number of years climbing the corporate ladder in London she never managed to get the dirt out of her nostrils: in 2009 she returned to her roots in the beloved NZ bush with two remarkably well-adjusted children. At 47, Vicki has now been running for over half of her life (YUSS!), making her a comparatively late starter. The editor of Kiwi Trail Runner magazine, she has somehow managed to make her passion lucrative. Vicki also writes the Action Weekend page for the NZ Herald: meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things against the odds each week gives her perspective on life and keeps her grounded. She has an allergy to road-running.