Riley Smith, Course Marking and Headquarters Management

Riley was born and raised in small town in Eastern Oregon.  He was inspired to run by watching his brothers and sisters run when he was a child. After running in high school, Riley transitioned to triathlons for 4 years before finding his true love.... trail running. Being out on the trails exploring the mountains is what truly makes him happy.  Riley first met the Destination Trail Crew at the 2016 Bigfoot 200 and he never left. Riley loves being around like minded people who share a passion for the trails and mountains. 

Kara Ellison, Assistant Director, Social Media Guru


Kristal Sager -Race Director, Volunteer Coordinator

Kristal was born and raised in Washington. She loves the mountains whether she is running on the trails or playing in the snow. She found her love for running in 2005 when her youngest child was 1. Originally running road half and full marathons, Kristal discovered her love for trail running in 2009 at her first trail race on Orcas Island and never looked back. She has run many trail ultras and still to this day her favorite distance is 50 miles. When she isn't racing you can find Kristal volunteering at races in order to be part of the wonderful running community. Kristal enjoys spending time with her three children or on an adventure running the trails in the mountains, taking photos and enjoying a good local beer! 

Candice Burt - Race Director / Owner   

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. For more about Candice, visit her website. In addition to her running, Candice owns Destination Trail, a company that organizes trail races in Washington, California, 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 created and organizes the Bigfoot 200, a point to point endurance run in the Cascade Mountains, as well as the Moab 240 and a trail series and club in Bellingham, Washington. Candice also hosts the Humans of Ultrarunning Podcast

Introducing our race management

Coming Soon! Medical Director


We are transitioning to a new Medical Director. Please stay tuned! If you're interested in the job, please contact

Kara joined the Destination Trail Team full time at the end of 2018 after two years of doing Runner Tracking for the Moab 240. She recently relocated to Leavenworth, WA with her husband, two dogs and cat. Kara loves running, backcountry skiing, and is excited to learn all about the ultra trail world!