Profiles of Participants
Some of the participants in the 2020
Banana Slug Backyard Ultra are featured below. See
the complete roster for a complete
list of participants.
I live with my wife and our two girls in Sherwood. We love
traveling together and getting outdoors as much as we can. As
far as ultra running... it was my wife's idea.
I spent many years playing contact sports like football, rugby
and Aussie rules football. After hanging up the boots I got into
ultras and I've been going strong for a few years. Running is
unique in the way it forces me to change. I love the personal
growth that comes from true gritty challenges. Even the
training runs help clear my mind and reboot. Lately fastpacking
has become my newest obsession.
Backyard Slug Run caught my eye and I figured what the heck?!
Looking forward to a new race experience!
I'm Leah, and my favorite places to run are pretty much anywhere
that has trees and dirt. I'm easy to please and happiest when
I’ve never done a race like this before, so I’m both excited and
nervous. I’ve run regular-style ultras before and my favorite
distance is probably 50k. I finished my first 100 miler in
September and I’m looking for “what’s next?”. I also race bikes,
but I’m new to the “last man standing” format. When I’m not
running or riding I work as a veterinary nurse and I’m studying
illustration and graphic design (what’s free time?!). I also
collect shoes and dogs. That’s my buddy Pookie in the second
picture, but he’s 13 and retired from running now.
Looking forward to seeing you in April!
Hi, I'm Will (slowfat). This is a common look for me—hopelessly
lost in a place I have no business being in. This photo was
taken in Southern Utah when my wife (not pictured) and my friend
Matt were training for the San Francisco marathon—our first!
While love for my wife, our dog and our friends center me, I
spend most of my life feeling like a confused impostor. "How did
I end up on this side of the river?", "Why do they keep on
letting me work here?", "Are they really going to sell me a
pizza with triple extra cheese? That's gotta be some kind
of crime, right?"
There are so many things I want to do in life for which, in
order to do them well, you need talent or aptitude. I was
delighted to discover in the past few years that running
requires neither. I thought to myself, "You mean, I don't have
to be good? Or fast? Or know what I'm doing? That all I have to
do is keep putting one foot in front of the other and not quit
and at the end I'll definitely get a beer and a medal? Ok, this,
I'm pretty certain I can do." Running provides me with peace, a
sense of accomplishment, and a sense of belonging. Belonging to
something much bigger than me—sure, something inconsequential
and rarely useful, but also something ancient and primal. And
the bar for entry to the group is so blissfully low—just keep
doing that one-foot-in-front-of-the-other thing—that's all it
takes to belong.
Excited to see how many steps I've got in me.
In the past I have raced just about every type of race:
Snowshoe racing including the Leadville Turquoise Lake 20
Triathlons from sprints to Ironman Lake Placid
Many offroad triathlons (XTERRA)
6-time finisher of the Pikes Peak Ascent
Numerous trail running races in the Northeast and Colorado,
also Timberline 12k and Mt. St. Helens 20 miler
This will be my first Backyard Ultra so I can add another to the
list. My wife says anything to get out of yard or house
work. True. I'm coming back from some lingering ankle problems
but hope to be ready come race day.
Hey friends, you can call me Shep! Although I call Northern
Alberta home, I am currently hiding from the brutally cold
Canadian winters (-40 degrees!) and taking in the views here in
the beautiful PNW.
I am fairly new to the competitive side of ultra-distance
running, however, my passion for this sport began over a decade
ago on the mountainous trails of Alaska. Over the years, running
has grown into such an integral part of my life that I have
taken to solo life on the road to pursue this passion full-time,
travelling around North America running in and volunteering at
various events. I have made it my mission in life to try
everything for myself and draw from those experiences as I grow
to take on greater challenges.
The Backyard format caught my eye this past year and I have
totally fallen in love with the 4.1mi loop. I am now on a
mission to become the greatest Backyardigan ever and earn my
ticket to the infamous Barkley Marathons.
I look forward to meeting everyone on the trail!
- 2019 Big Dog Backyard World Championships
- Golden ticket winner,
32 loops (133 miles or 214km)
- 2019 Across the Years
- 6 Day "Around the Clock" record holder,
The most important things in this life are God, family, and
friends—running, music, and work intertwine them to make them
God has gifted me with a wife and our four children ranging in
age from 2-8 years old. When not working 50 hrs a week as a
Union Electrician, spending time with my wife and kids, or
spinning vinyl records I can be found running in the streets.
Although trails are my preferred terrain, road is right outside
my door. So when my many other responsibilities take most of the
days hours I run early in the morning or late at night to fit it
in. Although I run very few sanctioned events, a “Backyard
Ultra” has always been on my bucket list. I’m excited to test
the limits of my body and encourage everyone running with me to
do the same.
I’m Kim, and I live in Portland. I started trail running as a
youth in the mountains of New Mexico. I met Carl through
PNW Search and Rescue.
He’s kind and easy-going, as evidenced by laughing with me when
I navigated him up a river bank into a big tall patch of devil’s
club on a training run. So I decided to support his first
attempt to carefully organize this interesting race format by
being the first to sign up.
I turned 50 this year and have been doing as many “first ever”
activities as possible. When I’m not running, kayaking, sailing,
or otherwise playing outdoors, I’m working in our local public
health department with fantastic dedicated colleagues and
I may be wearing costumes at this race. Yes, plural, which
includes costume changes.
I look forward to meeting you.
Carl Worth (Race Director)
Carl and Stacy Worth at the Oregon coast
If only I could be as fast as these two boys...
I love the unworldly scenery around Mt. St. Helens.
Carl, oblivious to the camera during a PNWSAR training
When trail-running training ends up without a trail and without running
PNWSAR highline over the Crooked River at Smith Rock (Carl not pictured)
I'm Carl and I've lived in Wilsonville for 15 years with my
beautiful wife and our 4 sons. My teenage sons have been an
inspiration to me with their enthusiasm for running. I've long
enjoyed outdoor activities such as backpacking and rock climbing
but only in the past year have gotten very interested in trail
I did a fast,
of the Loowit Trail around Mt. St. Helens last year (32
miles, 14 hours) and am planning to return there soon for my
"first" ultra run.
I've been a member of Pacific
Northwest Search & Rescue for 3 years as well as a member of
its specialty rope-support team (2 years) and trail-running team
(less than 1 year).
When not outdoors I'm often constructing
and I work as a computer programmer.
Note: In that last picture it's not me that's dangling from the
highline over the Crooked River at Smith Rock. But I did help
construct and operate that highline as part of a PNWSAR RST