For 2019, First Endurance is sponsoring a 7-person strong ultrarunning team. All returning athletes, the squad has a wealth of experience, depth and success in the ultrarunning world.
In his sixteenth year on the team, the winningest 100-mile runner on earth, Karl Meltzer, is looking to add to his record of 38 100-mile wins and also keep the string alive for his other world record – 16 years in a row of at least one 100-mile race win each year. Meltzer isn’t one dimensional in his athleticism, his side-game earned him a World Record – 230 golf holes played in 12 hours. To name a few of his accolades, Meltzer has won the Hardrock 100, Wasatch 100, Squaw Peak 50, and Massannutten 100 (amongst others) multiple times, set an FKT on the Appalachian Trail, set numerous course records, and received the Ultrarunner of the Year and Everest award. Speedgoat is nothing short of a legend in the sport and he isn’t finished yet.
Darcy Piceu, who is returning for her 13th year with First Endurance, was recently ranked the 3rd best Ultrarunner of the year in 2018. Last year alone, Piceu won four 100-mile races on challenging and different courses including the Javelina, the Hurt, Ronda dels Cims and Angeles Crest. One of the main contenders in any race she enters, Piceu has a full line up of ultras planned for 2019.
In his 6th year with the team, Ty Draney is injury free and plans to race a handful of ultras this season. Earlier this month Ty cracked his season open with a win at the Frozen Snot Half Marathon in Pennsylvania with over 5800ft of elevation gain in icy cold and snowy conditions. Ty has set numerous course records in notable ultras and gives back to the sport coaching the high school track and field team, his coaching business, and as the long-time race director of the El Vaquero race series.
A 13-year veteran on the First Endurance team, Krissy Moehl, who authored ‘Running Your First Ultra’, has toed the line at more than 100 races with over 55 victories. Most recently, in 2018 she won the Sean O’Brien 50-miler and the 160km Mt.Gaoligong Ultra. With countless course records, wins and FKT’s, some of Krissy’s career highlights include setting a course record at Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, the youngest woman to complete the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, setting an FKT on the Tahoe Rim Trail, a member of the Team USA 50-mile trail team, wins at the Hardrock 100, the North Face 50-mile Championships, Mt Fuji Ultra, and the Trans Rockies Stage Race. Krissy has a handful of adventures planned for 2019, including an ultra in Tasmania and race directing the Chuckanut 50k for the 17th year.
Jacob Puzey is a 2-time 50 km Canadian Ultra Champion, holds the 50-mile World Record on the treadmill, and has multiple course records and ultra distance wins on the trail. In his 6th year on the team, Jacob will be focusing on defending his Canadian 50k title, continue building upon his coaching business, Peak Run Performance, co-directing the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series and race directing the TranSelkirks multi day running race.
A Guinness World Record holder in the half and full marathon while pushing a stroller, Calum Neff is returning for his third year and is shooting for a sub 2:19 marathon (dubbed by Neff as ‘sub 219in2019’). Neff has found success on the road and trails winning a diverse set of races including the 125km Canadian Death race, the Cowtown 50k, the Wings for Life World Run – twice, and set course records at the 50km Creemore Vertical Challenge and Brazos Bend 50. Previously a member of the Canadian Ultra Trail Running team, Neff is focusing on being selected for Team Canada to compete in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships.
Dr.Tommy Puzey, has been fueled by First Endurance for the last four years. During that time, he was named to the Team USA 50km World Championship Team, won the Sedona Marathon, the TransRockies 6-day Solo and won a Rock & Roll Marathon 3 years in a row. Always looking for an adventure, Tommy has an international season in the works with a mix of European mountain races, training in exotic destinations, with the main focus of the season on a few of the major road marathons.
Unique in their nutritional requirements, our ultrarunners contribute to the development of our products providing integral feedback from their multi-hour and multi-day demanding events pushing their bodies to the limit and collaborating with the development team at First Endurance to continue to bring the best endurance nutrition products to market.