Riley Smith, Social Media, Marketing
I was born and raised in small town in Eastern Oregon. I got inspired to run by watching my brothers and sisters run when I was. After running in high school i transitioned to triathlons for 4 years before fully finding my true love.... Being out on the trails exploring the mountains surrounding me are really what makes me happy. I started off with a few road marathons and then on to a few 50ks followed by a 100k. I first met the Destination Trail Crew at the 2016 Bigfoot 200 and I have just never left.. Love being around like minded people who share the passion for the trails and mountains. Do what you LOVE and you will never work a day in your life!
Samantha de le Vega, Start/Finish Coordinator & Live Results, Permit Coordinator
Sam has worked with Destination Trail since Bigfoot 2015. She has now moved into the roll of Director of Permitting, while continuing to manage live results for our three 200-mile endurance runs. Sam is an ultrarunner, mother of three, and corporate Project Manager, Agile Coach, and Business Transformation professional. We look forward to another exciting year of 200's with Sam's organizational assistance.
Candice Burt - Race Director
Candice Burt is a competitive ultra runner specializing in the 100 mile and longer distances. Candice holds several unsupported fastest known times (FKT), most notably the unsupported record on the 93 mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier, which she completed solo. Fore more about Candice, visit her website. In addition to her running, Candice owns Destination Trail, a company that organizes trail races in Washington, California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. In 2014, Candice created the first single loop mountain 200 mile trail race in the USA, the Tahoe 200 Endurance Run. She also organizes the Bigfoot 200, a point to point endurance run in the Cascade Mountains, as well as the brand new Moab 200 and a trail series and club in Bellingham, Washington. When she's not organizing races or running them, Candice practices vinyasa yoga, slacklining, and writes for her blog, Wild Defined
Kristal Sager -Race Logistics, Management Volunteer Coordinator
I was born and raised in Washington. I love the mountains whether I am running trails or playing in the snow. I found my love for running in 2005 when my youngest child was 1. Originally running road half and full marathons, but discovered my love for trail running in 2009 at my first trail race on Orcas Island and never looked back. I have run many, many trail ultras and still to this day my favorite distance is 50 miles. Over the years when I wasn't racing you could find me volunteering at races to be part of the wonderful running community. If I am not hard at work with Destination Trail or my own business, you can find me enjoying my three children or on an adventure spent running the trails in the mountains, taking photos and enjoying a good local beer!
Joshua Ruckman - On-Site Logistics Coordinator
Born and raised in the flat lands of the Midwest my family and I moved to Washington during the summer of 2015. While I have been running in some form or another since 2003, it wasn’t until I met with a great group of runners from Omaha Nebraska that I was introduced to Ultra Running. My first Ultra distance race was at the 100k distance. By mile 50 I was a broken shell of a man and swore to myself that I would never do something so foolish again. When I crossed the finish line I realized I was hooked and there was no going back to running laps at the high school track. To me ultra-running is so much more than just a physical challenge. From a personal standpoint, I am truly in love with the mental and emotional aspects of running long distance. It is such a self-enlightening and humbling experience. If you ever want to find out what you are really made of run 200 miles, I would be willing to wager that you will never be the same person again.
Todd Nardi, Medical Director
I am a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, a former infantry U.S. Marine, and a father. I continue to study medicine: hold advanced certifications; and continue to learn about myself, as I spend many hours on the trail. Nature & Medicine are my passions. I have been a Medic for many obstacle course races, motocross races, and numerous 50 milers on the Arizona Trail. My proudest moments have been as a member of the Destination Trail team as Medical Lead for the Inaugural Tahoe 200, followed by the Bigfoot 200, and the 120 Miler and 100k. The people I have met, the places I've been, and the adventures I've had have been amazing. And the journey has just begun......