When Joey Nunes was in high school, he never intended to become a long distance runner. After unsuccessful attempts at trying to make the baseball, golf and basketball teams, he began track in his junior year. Despite the fact that he pole vaulted, high jumped, and even ran sprints, the head track coach sent him to train with the cross country team. By the middle of his senior year, Joey worked his way up to the varsity cross country team. He went on to compete in junior college, and in 2008, transferred to a four year university, California State University Stanislaus, on an athletic scholarship.
Dr. Jimmy Steger, N.D., Ph.D. Naturopath, Nutritionist, Iridologist, Professional Martial Arts and Trainer, is the current 10x World Karate Champion, 7x National Kung-Fu Champion and 2x European Karate Champion. He started bodybuilding and martial arts when he was 12-years-old and began competing in bodybuilding at the age of 19. Dr. Steger won many natural bodybuilding competitions from 1983-1990.
Kimber Mattox runs professionally for Team Run Eugene in Eugene, Oregon, competing in the steeplechase on the track, trail races, and obstacle course races at the national and world level. She also helps coach track and cross country at the University of Oregon and teaches classes in the Human Physiology Department. In 2014, Kimber won the Warrior Dash World Championship and the Xterra Trail Run World Championship. She hopes to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the steeplechase.
When Tim Rose was 12-years-old he decided he wanted to become a rock climber, after convincing his parents to let him take his first climbing trip. Now at age 29, this professional rock climber from Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania, dedicates all his time and energy to outdoor climbing goals and projects. He travels throughout the country, seeking new challenges that push his limits both physically and mentally. Tim is currently working on a variety of projects in New River Gorge, WV, which will become the hardest routes in the region.
For the past three years, Kate Ryley was named Collegiate Alpine Skier of the Year in Ski Racing Magazine. She is now a professional alpine ski racer from Toronto, Canada who ties the record for the most wins in a collegiate season. Kate recently graduated with Cum Laude honors from the University of Vermont, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Prior to college, she competed on the Canadian National Ski Team. During her four years as a top competitor on the NCAA Division 1 circuit, Kate won an NCAA Individual Slalom Title as well as being a four-time academic and eight-time athletic All-American.
In the last four years, Bryan Morseman ran over 34 marathons and won at least 20 of them! He is currently training to achieve the US Olympic Marathon Trials Standard of 2:18, which will be held in Los Angeles in 2016. His best marathon time is 2:19:57, which puts him in the top 20 in the Boston or Chicago Marathon out of 40,000+ people. In September 2014, he won the Adirondack marathon with a record-setting time of 2:26:59 on a very tough, hilly course.
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