Ultra Marathon Runner, Coach & Speaker
Project America Run
Project America Run I
4424 miles stretching from Oregon to Maine
Mike ran 30 miles a day, alone
A flag was planted every mile, building an invisible wall to honor fallen service members
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From a young age he has always ran. Beginning with a $1 bet in the sixth grade that he could not run a mile and throughout high school during his formative years of cross country and track he constantly had one foot in front of the other.
Upon graduation from high school Mike would enter the military and won a European Cross Country Championship while serving in the Army. His legs have carried him to personal bests in the 5k of 15:45, 10K 33:45, Marathon 2:52, 50 miles 7:24 and 100 miles in 19:02
Discovering cycling in his 20s he competed on the road for 12 years as a Category 2 cyclist in Florida and Illinois, qualifying for the National Time Trial Championships twice. In 1996 he rode 474 miles in 24 hours raising over $12,000 for Muscular Dystrophy. This in turn led him to a mountain biking stint and he would twice win the Illinois Championships for Veterans.
The desire to further expand his skills took him to Adventure Racing where he would compete in two Eco Challenges (Borneo and Fiji), finish New Zealand’s famed Southern Traverse and in 2004 finish Primal Quest in California.
Mike became a Race Director in the Midwest for 5 years, conducting the Great Mississippi River Adventure Series in Northern Illinois and sharing his knowledge with new racers through numerous one-day clinics and races from 2000-2005.
He currently co-directs "Race the Wolf" trail races in Sandpoint.
In 2006 he completed a 250 mile Trans-Himalayan run in Nepal.
Twice he has finished in the top 150 at the Marathon des Sables- a six day 170 mile race across the Sahara.
In 2008 he became one of only 34 people to ever finish the Rocky Mountain Slam which consists of four 100 mile races, Bighorn, Hardrock, Wasatch and the Bear in the span of 4 months.
In 2010 he would finish his first Trans-Con run across the country from Oregon to Maine covering 4424 miles.
In 2011 Mike ran 500 miles across Spain in 16 days on the Camino de Santiago.
In 2012 he would complete another Trans-Con run this time from Canada to Galveston, TX completing 81 marathons in 81 days, unassisted over the 2146 miles.
In 2013 he became the 9th person to circumnavigate Mt. Kilimanjaro on foot, a distance of 180 miles on trail over 6 days.
In 2015 Mike completed his 3rd Hardrock Hundred in Silverton, CO and the toughest 100 mile trail race in North America.
In 2016 he finished another Project America Run covering 200 miles in 4 days in Sandpoint, ID.
In 2017 Mike completed his 5th Boston Marathon finish in a row and his 4th Hardrock 100 finish.
In 2019 Mike completed his 7th Boston Marathon
He completed the hardest Mountain Multi Day Stage race in the world, "Dragonsback" in Wales. Covering 200 miles in 5 days and climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest twice in May of 2019
Will run the six-day Trans Rockies event in Colorado in August of 2019
2020 Will run his 5th Hardrock 100 and 8th Boston Marathon
Mike is now an Athlete Ambassador and Running Coach for Hylands Homeopathic, a Certified Personal Trainer in Sandpoint, ID and a USATF Certified Running coach. With over 12 years of coaching experience. He is constantly seeking to gain more knowledge as he aspires to help others find their true potential through functional, realistic training methods and goals with truly achievable results. He inspires others to dream bigger than they ever imagined.......
"Age is only a number and so is the distance"........