Profiles of Participants
Some of the participants in the 2023
Banana Slug Backyard Ultra are featured below. See
the complete roster for a complete
list of participants.
Who's ready to get this party started? I had so much fun last
year I'm coming back and bringing my wife and friends to run
with me. It was so awesome last year watching everyone set new
distance PRs. Hopefully I can stay awake long enough to see the
sun come up Saturday morning. See you all soon!
Hi, my name is Amy and this is my 1st backyard ultra as a
participant. Last year I was crew for my husband David and we
decided that this year we would flip places. Well, he just
couldn’t stand the idea of sitting around while I had all the
fun so we recruited some friends to help crew and even race!!
I am excited to share some miles with everyone!! See you soon!!
The inaugural Banana Slug Run was my first backyard ultra. It
was a learning experience, to say the least. In the time since,
I've taken on a new level of challenge with my outings. I'm
hoping this experience, and a lot of luck on each lap, will push
Carl into a sleep-deprived insanity like he's never known.
Saulius was that silly runner from Seattle who participating
last year, appeared to be confused, running each lap each lap as
fast as he could because he knew his injuries would need tending
in ice cold baths which got him to 14 laps. Over the year he's
tried a bunch of things that may or may not have helped him
improve his condition. Will he be running starting with an
injury again, barefoot, pulling a tire, both? I guess y'all will
have to wait and see!
My name is Tyler. I started my running journey at the beginning
of 2022. I was 315 pounds and my health was spiraling out of
control. I knew I had to make some changes. I’m now down about
85lbs. I ran my first event (Trail 10k) on February 25th
2022. Since then, I have run 42 events ranging from 5Ks to 50Ks.
I have my sights on the ultra world. I hope to do a 100 miler in
the near future. Super excited to be involved in the banana slug
Hello. My name is Peter and this is my second time running the
Banana Slug. I've actually never run any other official
races. Last year I made it 100k before my stomach informed me
that my race was over. This year, if I can run the same distance
without the gastrointestinal distress, I’ll call it a
win. (Though I suppose my medal will still read DNF.) If you
haven’t done one of these before, just know that it’s as
horrible as everyone says. And you’ll definitely do it again.
Glenn (2N Glenn) Armstrong
I signed up as 2N Glenn because that’s been my nickname at work
for a while. Probably because I have met runners and don’t think
anything is weird about people running 150+ miles in a 4-mile
circle at shampooey park. I’d actually like to run with them for
a few of those laps. The rest of the world thinks this is worthy
of 2 N's in my name.
Anyhow I’ve been running for about 11 years and was bored with
my usual running routine and this event sounded like a good
change up, train to run slow. Covid hit, I didn’t run at all and
rode a stationary bike for 1.5 years. Then you put the run back
on so I had to get in gear. The event last year taught me that:
1. I need to run more in order to do good in this event, and
2. Running slow was a bad training plan. Even if I run slow in
the event I should probably kick up my miles before kicking
up my hours.
My running goal is always to train how I feel like training and
don’t break myself or kill the sport. Last summer I had some fun
and borrowed a Sammy Hagar wig for our hood to coast run. I
never realized how freeing it was to be in costume. Well that
was 3N day. Either way if it’s 1, 2, or 3 N's in Glenn it all
sounds the same at the end of the day I get to enjoy being all
versions of Glen(n)(n)(n).
Hi, my name is Shauna and this is my first backyard ultra. It
seemed like a good idea when my friends Amy and David asked me
to crew for them. I can't miss out on the fun, so I'll be there
running while my husband crews for all three of us. I am
excited to try out this style of race and see how long I can
I love the trails of Champoeg Park and I am excited to hang out
and spend time with everyone. See you all in a week!
Hi, I'm Anne. This is my first Backyard Ultra attempt but I
promise to eat enough pickles, potatoes and M&Ms to brag
about it. I may also hallucinate in the late hours and start
singing to myself.
Hi, this is Pri. This will be my first Backyard ultra, I`m
always looking for unique and particular races, Banana Slug
seems to be the one for 2023.
I apologize in advance, whenever I start getting tired, swearing
in Spanish starts to come out.
I’m organizing a backyard Ultra in Aguascalientes, México in
August, so if you allow me Carl, I’m going to copy what I like
from Banana Slug, which I’m sure, there will be a lot!! See you
on the trails, we are fortunate to have them.
I had to miss last year's race but I heard it was so much fun I
signed up for 2023.
Tallyn "The Gazelle" Sherman is a southern born, midwest raised,
east coast averse running phenom (in his head at least). His
passion for running is cemented in his soul, having competed in
cross country, 5ks, 10ks, and Half-Marathons in the Fields,
Forests, and streets of Wisconsin through High School, to the
Majestic Island of Staten & exotic parks of Brooklyn & Manhattan
NY for collegiate cross country (D3, for first semester of
college, non-scholarship) and back again to the Fields, Forests,
and streets of Wisconsin @ UWMilwaukee (non-collegiate 5 & 10Ks,
Half Marathons), to finally creating his own home in Denver and
beginning to branch into Ultras in the Rocky Mountains of
His love of running has brought him to his first West Coast
running experience. Having competed at the Ouray Last Man
Standing race (7 Yards first year, 10 Yards second year) in the
heart of the mountains, he knows the wonderful torture that
awaits and can't wait to experience with his fellow
Also, Carl don't listen to Joe. If you get Domino's, definitely
get pineapple (please)!
Hey gang, Heidi Quinn here coming in from the far north of
Alaska. I started running about 12 years ago when I lived in the
Willamette Valley and am excited about coming back to chase down
loops with you all.
I was mostly a road runner during my years in Oregon (sad, I
know) and didn’t start trail running until I moved to Alaska in
2015. I was fortunate to meet some insanely hardcore mountain
and trail runners here who inspired me to start running longer
and steeper. In 2021 I ran my first ultra, the Mt. Hood 50K and
in 2022 I finished the 12 hour Alaska Endurance Race, the Denali
100K, and most recently the JFK 50 Mile.
When I’m not slogging out miles while eating snacks, I’m busy
being mom to my 15 year old son who shares my love of long trail
miles and putting on other grueling races for fellow
dirtbags. As a race director for AKtive Soles, my team and I put
on a few mountain and trail races each year and this year added
our first backyard ultra. After watching all the suffering that
went on during that race I felt like I was missing out and knew
I needed to experience it for myself. So here I am. Looking
forward to the party with you all.
I’m Keegan, the male portion of this lobster-rat adoption (the
lady with the smile is my wife Lauren and lobster-rat
co-parent). I’m an accountant, former Portland State/Mt.SAC pole
vaulter, and fly angler. I’m a novice ultra/trail runner but
since my track and field life is in my past, I’m leaning into a
new outlet to cause myself pain. This will be my second
organized race and I look forward to finding out what lap will
make me cry and which one will make me quit.
Can’t wait for April!
This race will be my sixth backyard. My best is 30 loops and if
it is a good day, on a good day, on a good day maybe more. I do
well in loop races and use marathon through 100k’s (which my
girlfriend makes me run) as training runs. I design DIY hardware
for a living and work part time for Adafruit. Really hoping
everyone can stay in there as long as possible so we can put up
a big number by working together.
Matt "trail daddy" Greensmith is a pillar of Portland's
non-competitive beer mile community. Often referred to as "the
Barry Bonds of trail running", Matt is legendary for both his
arm strength and his willingness to try any banned substance
once, just for the experience. He firmly intends to win his age
group of "middle-aged bearded Clydesdale men who are attempting
a backyard ultra for the first time," even if he ends up with an
asterisk beside his name.
Hi, I'm Joe. Last year, on my 26th loop at the Banana Slug I was
hit in the arm by an errantly thrown frisbee that came from a
negligent disc golfer. Sadly, I never regained the emotional
fortitude to continue with the competition and timed out. The
physical scars have healed but the nightmares of hippies and
frisbees still haunt me. This April I'll be back to conquer my
Also, Carl? Can you order us Domino's for the night loop?
Please, nothing with pineapple (Yuck). Thanks in advance!