Profiles of Participants
Some of the participants in the 2022
Banana Slug Backyard Ultra are featured below. See
the complete roster for a complete
list of participants.
Hi, I’m David Wilson and have been an endurance race lover for a
long time. I started with triathlon in 1999 and have completed a
few Ironman, many running events from 1/2 marathons to
completing the Leadman race series in 2019. Definitely have
been looking for a new challenge and participating in a Backyard
Ultra should do the trick.
Hello fellow runners and friends!
I’m Kyle. I’m an east coast transplant living in Portland,
OR. I’ve got a 5 year old boy who happens to be my motivation
for just about everything nowadays. Most days I’m slaving away
toward retirement as a union pipefitter, and I love it!
I ran cross country in high school for 2 years. I wasn’t the
best, but I was pretty consistently top 5, though never breaking
that 18 min mark. Fast forward to 2020 when Covid became
mainstream, and that’s when I decided to furlough for a little
while to explore the PNW and get in better shape. I started
running, although very inconsistently, and found out I may have
a knack for ultra distance running. When I’m running, I’m in my
own little world. I’m able to tune out anything and everything
that happened that day, week, or month.
This is the first live (hopefully) race I will be attending. I
ran the virtual Wildwood E2E race last November, and have chased
a couple FKT’s but other than that, the furthest I’ve ran at any
point was 41 miles on the infamous Timberline Trail on Mt. Hood.
I am very much so looking forward to this event to see what I’m
capable with consistent training and healthy habits. This will
be a "training" event for a 100 mile race I’m signing up for a
few months later.
My name is Graham Felsenthal. I am a Paramedic in Northern, CA
and have been running for the past few years. Last year I ran
multiple ultra marathons that were all self supported including
my first 100 miler and a virtual LPS that I finished with the
assist at 128 miles. I love this format and I am really looking
forward to improving my outcome, making some new friends and
getting wildly uncomfortable.
My name is Paul Bourman, I am a church planter from Tigard, OR
at Hope Lutheran Church. I love to get to know the people of my
city and my community and share my passion with them! I’m a
husband to Charis Bourman and a Dad to two little kids- Theo
(pictured), and Adeline. I’ve only lived in Oregon for a little
over a year, but I’m glad to call it my home.
I’ve only been in the ultra-running world for a couple years-
finished a few races in Wisconsin before arriving in Oregon and
running “Run the Rock.”
I signed up for my first backyard ultra in 2020, but, of course,
it was canceled at that time. Instead, I got to participate in
the Quarantine Backyard Ultra, and I finished 16 laps at that
time. Looking to see if I can push my limits with all of you!
Excited to take this on. Training is a go! I wonder if we could
put together some training runs ahead of the race? I’d be
willing to head that up!
My name is Biz and when the first race I ever won involved a
combination of running, beer-drinking, and burrito-eating, I
should have known that ultrarunning was the sport for me!
These days I try to avoid beer drinking on race day, but still
can be seen barreling down the trail double fisting pierogis! My
philosophy is the longer the run, the more time for snacks!
I’ve been running for about 5 years now. Mostly doing obstacle
course races, and a few trail races. I haven’t done any truly
long-distance running yet. My longest was the Timberline trail
around Mt Hood. But I’ve always been drawn to ultra events. I’m
looking forward to seeing what I’m capable of next month!
Hi, I'm Todd Evans, I have been running for a few years now. I
have always enjoyed being outdoors with my family doing a lot of
hiking and backpacking. The ultrarunning thing seemed like a
good way to see more in a day rather than take a whole weekend
to go backpacking. It started slow and has steadily grown over
the years. My wife and I volunteer at an aid station for the
Bigfoot 200 and have observed the crazy runners that are doing
these 200-mile trail races such as Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200 and
Moab 240. The hallucinations are real!
When I first heard of Big's backyard race I was very intrigued,
it seems easy enough, right.... run or walk slightly faster than
4 miles an hour and then repeat until you collapse.😀 I think
this is an event for me. At least it should be entertaining for
spectators. I look forward to meeting a lot of new folks and
making some great friendships!
Travis "Big Flan" Flanagan
The glorious Gorgeous Series Coast Relay
Running along the Marin Headlands Trail Golden Gate Winter 30k
The fellows in my ship that make it a fellowship
I go by a lot of names but the Big Flan handle is because I’m
bigger than most distance runners and I’m like a delicious
dessert cause I get you to smile quickly.
I don’t love running but I like it for the most part. What I do
love is the feelings I get from it and the places it takes me. I
have run in Bryce Canyon, Zion Park, on the border of Idaho and
Montana at 10,000’ during a thunderstorm. I’ve run around
Mt. St. Helens, up to the top of Mary’s Peak and places I would
never have gone if it wasn’t for this wonderful hobby I have
called running. And that’s what keeps me coming back. The
adventure. And I run with an absolute fantastic group of friends
whom I love with all my heart.
As far as the Banana Slug run, my goal is to make it last until
Sunday whether it’s a stroke after midnight or 9 am. I’m excited
to see good people push their limits and hopefully hear their
Well, we'll see how long I last. I'm mostly concerned about the
sleep deprivation than the actual running. It'll be the need
for sleep that will probably do me in. I've done a number of
these 24-hour formats, including a Spartan 24 and World's
Toughest Mudder. In June I'll be aiming for 100 miles at the
SISU 24, so this will be a good test. Thanks!
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!
Will "Slowfat" Martin
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.
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.
I'm Carl and I've lived in Wilsonville since 2005 where my wife
and I have raised our 4 sons together. My sons were an
inspiration to me with their enthusiasm for running in their
teenage years. I've long enjoyed outdoor activities such as
backpacking and rock climbing but only in the past couple years
have gotten very interested in trail running.
When I had to postpone the original 2020 Banana Slug Backyard
Ultra I participated in the virtual Quarantine Backyard Ultra
(running loops in my neighborhood) and completed 13 loops and 54
miles. I also ran/hiked
Trail in 2020, effectively completing an unsupported 50k run.
I've been a search and rescue volunteer for the past 5 years,
currently a member
Country Search and Rescue where I'm a member of the
trail-running and technical rope rescue specialty teams.
When not outdoors I'm often constructing
and I work as a computer programmer.