Photo Credit: Kyle Meck
Rachel Drake is a Minnesota native, currently living in Portland, Oregon. She attended the University of Minnesota for undergraduate (Go Gophers!) and is currently pursuing an MD/PhD at Oregon Health and Science University where she studies fatty acid metabolism. Did you know that chia seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid - an omega-3 fatty acid?! Her joys include trail running, backcountry snowboarding, road tripping in her Toyota Previa Mr. Bokemeier, slipper socks, plush moss covered tree trunks and fern identification.
2017 Orcas Island 50k - 1st
2017 McDonald Forest 50k - 1st
2017 Elkhorn Crest 53 miler - 1st
2018 Wildwood Trail FKT (30.25 miles) - 3:52.11
2018 Sean O’Brien 100k - 4th
Other Sponsors: Territory Run Co.
Favorite Hümagel flavor: Lemonade
Instagram handle: @rachelraedrake
Tyler Le Roy
Hometown: Plymouth, WI
Career Highlight: IRONMAN Louisville Overall Winner
Favorite Race: IRONMAN Wisconsin
Favorite Food: Ice Cream - custard!
Favorite Huma Flavor: Strawberry Lemonade Plus
Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
Pets: Two Chocolate Labs, Jade and Quincy
Ideal day: Biking (with some Huma's) and camping!
Facebook: Tyler Le Roy
Coach Ann is a mom to two toddlers: a 3 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. In addition to chasing them, Ann has been running competitively for almost 22 years. After running for Mountain Brook Junior High and High School, she competed for Clemson University’s Cross-Country team. She has qualified for and run both the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon, and holds a marathon PR of 2:58. Her current half-marathon PR is 1:24, and she is actively training to better both.
During the summers, Coach Ann competes in trail races and recently won both the Lake Martin 50 Mile Endurance Trail Race and the Race for Kids 50k Trail Race. She set new course records for the Memorial Day Trail Race, Run for Kids 50k and Tranquility Trail Run. She enjoys hitting the trails to escape the heat and develop a stronger and more balanced stride.
Coach Ann is an RRCA and USATF Certified Running Coach, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, a TRX Qualified Suspension & RIP Trainer, as well as an ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Coach Ann also leads Resolute Running’s nutrition program, Fueling for the Long Run. Our website is www.resoluterunning.com.
RRCA & USATF Certified Running Coach
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
TRX Qualified Suspension & RIP Trainer
ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Lindsay Henkels is a full-time clinical manager at United Health Group, wife and mother of two children. She has been running since high school and competed in Track/Cross Country at the University of MN. After setting PRs of 2:50 in the marathon and 1:19 in the half marathon, she wanted a different challenge. She transitioned to trail running and ultras by winning the Zumbro 50 mile in 2016. She is currently training for distances from 50k to 100 miles after having microfracture knee surgery in Feb 2017. "Huma has been a game-changer in my training and racing and I am excited to continue using Huma Gel to fuel my comeback"!
Jody Stoops is a personal trainer and certified RRCA running coach. Jody’s passion is helping others achieve their goals, whether it’s running their first race, qualifying for the Boston Marathon or attaining a new healthy lifestyle.
As a marathoner, she has completed 17 full marathons, including 5 Boston Marathons (2013-present). Most importantly, she is a wife and a mother of three grown children. Jody is all about leading a balanced life, which to her is staying healthy while raising a family.
Kelly Huduk: I transplanted to Kailua Kona, Hawaii from Ohio 10 years ago and immediately fell in love with the active culture on the Island. This is the home of the Ironman World Championships and so the community is steeped in swimming, biking and running. I'm a member of the Hawaii Cycling Club, take part in many of the local running races and have participated in several Olympic distance triathlons. This year I'm training for the local half-marathon triple crown series and I can't wait to try out the new Huma Plus flavors in our hot climate!
Sydney Van Horn is #FreeFitness. She is on staff and lives for Back on My Feet, an organization that combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential housing and employment resources. And as a retired November Project leader, she loves using her city as her playground and building community along the way. Sydney is a race director and has run 4 marathons fueled on Huma, and qualified for Boston 2019. She lives in Baltimore, MD but has a Southern California soul. _________________________________________________________________________
My passion began with marathon running and then transformed into ultras and triathlons. Since my first marathon at age seventeen I have run a total of 23 races at the marathon distance or further. I am a two-time Ironman finisher at Arizona in 2016 and Canada in 2017. The highlight of my career has been completing a marathon on all seven continents, commencing in November of 2017 at the Mt. Everest Marathon in Nepal; the highest altitude marathon in the world. I am thankful to Huma Gel for fueling me every step of the way.
Hey y’all! My name is Matt Johnson. I am an ultra/trail runner living and training in Georgia with my beautiful wife and two dogs! I grew up playing multiple sports but developed a special passion for running while I was in high school. Shortly after the conclusion of my collegiate cross country and track career, I made the move to the trails and haven’t looked back since! While I primarily consider myself a trail runner, I still enjoy racing on the roads from time to time. I love the running community and want to take advantage of every opportunity to give back to it. I am passionate about living an active and healthy lifestyle and want to share that same passion with everyone I come in contact with. I am a true adventurer at heart and consider the mountains my home away from home. Outside of running, teaching, and coaching cross country, I am a lover of coffee and country/bluegrass music, who also enjoys writing, fishing, hiking, kayaking…basically anything and everything outdoors!
Josie McKee is a professional athlete and climber. This photo depicts her passion and ultimate joy for being on the mountain. On this day, on El Cap, Josie was accompanied by photographer Steven Herbert (www.stevenBherbert.com). Josie had invited Steven to climb with her on this day and trying to match the skills of a pro climber, he found himself beginning to bonk. Josie, being the consummate ambassador, whipped out a apple cinnamon Hüma Gel.
Here's her side of the story:
"Funny story: he got totally worked going up, was bonking pretty hard and not feeling up for eating any of the cheese/crackers and other snacks I had brought. I told him I'd give him one of my Huma gels - those photos were actually of me pulling out the Huma gel to give to him and making fun of him for being out of shape! But it worked! He was able to finish out the day and ascend several hundred feet of ropes back out to the top of El Cap after eating the Huma gel."
Jessica Dorsey left her home state of Wisconsin to follow her college sweetheart and the warmer weather to Los Angeles, CA, where she currently resides with her now husband, two daughters (almost 2 and 6), and their pitbull, Penny Pickle.
Though running is her top passion, she is a general fitness nut who loves climbing and obstacles, too. She built a 12 foot rainbow colored salmon ladder in the backyard.. which got her in a little trouble with the neighbors.
Huma was a Godsend and the only fuel she has found that she can stomach while running at high intensities. Huma helped fuel her to her recent marathon PR of 2:55 in December, and a win in the General Division at the KIX Senshu International Marathon in Japan in February.
She has some wild and lofty goals that she's currently chasing, and is so grateful to have Huma fueling the way!
Hello! My name is Heather Carpenter and I found my passion for running 6 years ago. I was never a fan of running but a friend encouraged me to join a local run group to do a 5K program. After I completed that program, I was hooked and my love of running never stopped. Since then I have ran 7 half and 4 full marathons. Some of my favorite memories are running my dream race, the NYC marathon, and also having the y to guide a visually impaired man for the The Flying Pig. What an amazing experience to be the eyes of a fellow runner running his first half. After guiding my friend, I decided it was time to be a pace group coach for my local run group, Queen City Running Club. It has been a blessing to coach new and seasoned runners to obtain their running goals!
Huma is great no matter if you are an "everyday athlete" like me or an elite professional. Huma has been my fuel of choice for 2+ years and I know I can only get better from here! _________________________________________________________________________
Juan is a licensed pharmacist and full-time PhD student at the University of Florida. In his free time, Juan is training for ultramarathons and he hopes to finish his first 100-mile race in 2018. He started running in his twenties after not exercising at all in his earlier years. Juan has raced all distances from 5k to 50-mile ultra trail races. His biggest accomplishment so far is winning the St Sebastian 50 mi race in November 2017.
Juan started using Huma Gels early in his training after terrible experiences with other gels in the market. As a health care provider and as an ultrarunner, Juan recommends the Huma brand all the time.
Brian Behrendt is a husband, stay at home dad, member of Mill City Running race team, outdoor enthusiast and coffee lover living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He embraces being outside in all of Minnesota's seasons and his primary sport of choice is running and close second is cycling. He races distances from the mile to 50k and his preferred distance is the marathon with a current PR of 2:45:18. He's passionate about Huma and he is also an ambassador for Newton Running and Fitsok. Top races on his calendar in 2018 include Grandma's Marathon in June and California International Marathon in December. Favorite Huma flavor: Cafe Mocha.
Kristina Mascarenas is a 28-year-old Colorado native with a deep love for the mountains. Despite being surrounded by such inviting terrain she didn’t start running until losing a silly bet three years ago. She runs various distances on both the roads and the the trails but she gravitates towards trail marathons and ultra marathons.
Pueblo Half: 3rd female
Super half: 1st female
Pikes Peak Marathon: 1st female
The North Face 50: 17th female
Sprit animal: raccoon
Favorite food: cheese cake
Goal race: Olympus Marathon
Favorite huma flavor: lemonade
Hi my name is Blake Landry. I come from a professional soccer background. Being a goalie I never enjoyed to run; but I had hard work ethic and determination. After I retired due to injuries, I took up being a soccer referee. Moving up I had to take fitness tests, which forced me to run longer than I was used to. Before I knew it I was up to 8-9 mile for a long run. I signed up for my first running race; a local half marathon. I fell in love with the sport of competitive running at the starting line. Ever since I have been doing triathlons, Ironman, ultra marathons, and trying to get to the Boston marathon. On my 9th marathon last year I finally qualified for Boston. But, as some of you may know, the cutoff was the largest ever in history. I missed out by 55 seconds. Fuel to the fire! I am training for my 10th marathon and hopefully a sub 3 marathon this Memorial day at the Buffalo Marathon. I wouldn't be able to accomplish these goals weren't it for Huma being my main source of fuel during these events. Thank you Huma for supporting me and allowing my body to stay fueled up!
Melissa T is a New York City native, who grew up in Latin America and Europe prior to returning to New York as a teen. She studied at Hunter College and Columbia University and is currently seeking her Sexual Health certificate at the University of Michigan. Melissa works as a Clinical Social Worker with couples and families. Her favorite activities include hiking, biking, trail running and exploring what the city has to offer.
Melissa is a triathlon enthusiast and this year, with the help of Huma, is participating in the LA Marathon, Brooklyn Half Marathon, NYC Triathlon and Ironman Florida.
IG handle: @mel43nyc
Favorite Huma Gel: Strawberry Lemonade (YUMMM)
Caroline is an Emergency Room nurse at Yale by day and triathlete by night. She swam competitively for Gettysburg College where she was co-captain of the team, won multiple Centennial Conference events and set school and pool records. She also trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs back in her swimming days. Caroline can usually be found with a Cafe Mocha Huma Gel in hand while training for her upcoming Maine 70.3. She lives by the phrase “be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody”.
Jacob Allenstein is a professional student at The Ohio State University where he studying to get his doctorate in Aerospace Engineering. Outside of teaching Capstone Engineering students and researching, he is passionate about ultrarunning. His next races include The Canyon’s 100k in hopes to put his name back into the Western States Lottery and gunning for that sub-24 hour 100 mile finish at Burning River. To follow his journey, check out his Instagram and his videos on YouTube.
Photo Credit: Glenn Tachiyama
Tyler is a competitive mountain-ultra-trail runner who started running Portland Parks and Rec cross country races in second grade. He has been in love with the sport ever since. His high school coach told him, “We just don’t have a race long enough for you,” and that wisdom eventually led him to ultra-marathons. Tyler has recent wins at the Waldo 100k, Elk-Kings 50k, and Beacon Rock 50k, along with numerous other podium finishes in the northwest. He teaches middle school health and wellness, outdoor educator, and loves to coach high school track and field and cross country. His other pursuits include mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking.
Favorite HumaGel: strawberries
Runner -- Escondido, California
Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in San Diego, California, trail runner Jonathanleo Fields now resides in the Valleys of Escondido, Ca where he trains for some of the Technical trail races around Southern California. Living in the Heart of Escondido city, Jonathanleo works as a Software Tester at Miva, Inc. in Rancho Bernardo, Ca. Situated at 650 feet about sea level, the city of Escondido gives Jonathanleo easy access to trails that reach as high as 3,000 feet. In 2016, he broke into the Ultra running scene, after a disappointed bonk in his first Ultra scene at the San Diego 50 mile, but learning from his mistakes, he comes back with a surprise 2nd place Overall at the Sycamore Canyon 50K, after having gained entry to the race only several weeks before. His win was extra surprising given that he had done much of his training while living and working as a Tester at Hewlett-Packard in San Diego. Since then, he has achieved a multitude of Podium finishes from a back-2-back-back Top 3 finishes in a 1 month time span, as well as wins at the 2017 Dirty December Poker Half, the 2018 Sycamore Canyon 50K, and the 2018 Pirate's Cove 6hr. In addition to racing ultras, Jonathanleo also enjoys shorter distance Trail races, backpacking, and Weight Lifting. And we mustn’t forget eating! Weather it’s gels and gummy bears on the trail or a hearty dinner after a long day of training, Jonathanleo loves to eat!
2nd Place 2016 Sycamore Canyon 50K
6th Place 2016 Old West 50K (PB)
11th Plac 2017 San Diego 50 mile (PB)
3rd Place 2017 Sycamore Canyon 50K
2nd Place 2017 Old Goat 50K
3rd Place 2017 Oriflamme 50K
1st Place 2017 Dirty December Poker 1/2 Marathon (CR)
1st Place 2018 Sycamore Canyon 50K (CR)
1st Place 2018 Pirate's Cove 6hr
Improve my race day fueling.
Improve my fitness, strength, and endurance.
Get better on technical terrain and improve my Accents/Decents running.
Grow as a person.
Favorite Huma Product
Huma Cafe Mocha/Chocolate
I'm a runner and wellness enthusiast living and training in Amish Country: Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am passionate about living a healthly, active lifestyle and I enjoy sharing that passion with others. I primarily consider myself a road runner, but I also enjoy trail running, swimming, biking and weight training. Mostly I race the marathon distance but I enjoy running everything from a 5k on the road to 50k on the trails. My big goals for 2018 include qualifying for the 2019 Boston Marathon and completing the JFK 50 Miler.
In addition to being an avid runner I love spending time with friends and family, traveling, country music concerts and soaking up sunshine.
Hi! My name is Carla Williams. I grew up in New England and went to college at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. I have since migrated down the east coast, living in Baltimore for med school and then Chapel Hill for residency. I recently moved to Roanoke, VA where I work as a physician in the Emergency Department at Carilion Clinic Hospital. I grew up playing soccer and then switched to rowing crew in college. After college, I started to really enjoy endurance sports. I started with marathons and trail running and then did a few half and full ironman triathlons before finding mountain biking. I really like being out in the woods on my bike, exploring new places and working on my technical skills. Roanoke has endless supply of mountains, gravel roads, and backcountry trails to explore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I mainly compete in endurance mountain bike races during the spring and summer and cyclocross races in the fall and winter. When I'm not on the bike, I enjoy hiking with my husband and our 2 dogs, eating tacos and doing yoga.
Favorite Hümagel flavor: Berries and Pomegranate
2018: 2nd place 24 Hours of Old Pueblo
2018: 3rd place True Grit 100 mile
2016 and 2017: National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series champion
2017: Cyclocross National Champion Masters 30-34
2017: 2nd place at La Ruta de los Conquistadores MTB Stage Race, Costa Rica
2017: 1st place at Cohutta 100, Mohican 100, High Cascades 100, Wilderness trail 101, Crotched Mountain 100
2017: 1st place Pisgah 111k and 55K
2017: 6th place co-ed division Cape Epic MTB Stage Race, South Africa
Allison O'Rourke is a mother to 2 great kids, works full time doing research on behavioral interventions to prevent HIV, and loves to run, travel and enjoy a good glass of wine. She has been running for 18 years which she took up in her 20's after finishing college. Running is often times the only time of the day where she can be alone with her thoughts or catch up with friends. In 2018, her first race of the year, she ran an almost 18 minute marathon PR at Rock and Roll DC and her first ever Boston qualifying time (3:38:03). Who says things don't get better with age???
Huma is the only fuel she can stomach while running and she loves all of the flavors, but especially Café mocha on early morning runs and raspberry on hot days.
You can follow her running journey on Instagram (@alliegirlruns).
Dan is head coach of Chicago-based DWRunning, a team of competitive distance runners. He leads the team of two assistant coaches and 90 athletes, who race everything from middle distance track races to 100 mile ultras with a large portion of the team primarily training for the marathon. Members of the DWRunning team look to be the best they can be - whether that's taking aim at major time goals, qualifying for the Boston Marathon or pushing towards Olympic Trials qualifiers in the marathon.
As a runner himself, Dan competed competitively in HS and then on the XC / Track teams at the University of Illinois. Post-collegiately, Dan has continued to compete on the road races while leading the DWRunning Team.
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