After spending his early years in the Midwest refining his skills as a baseball player, Mike fell instantly in love when he first laid eyes on the Rocky Mountains at the age of 18. Since then, he has developed a deep passion for exploring big landscapes on his own two feet regardless of the season.
In the last 12 years, Mike has competed in, and stood on the podiums of, some of the world’s largest trail running events, including UTMB, the Hardrock 100, the Lavaredo Ultra Trail, the Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji, and more. He loves seeking efficiency in movement through complex landscapes and is constantly searching for ways to improve. To that end, he dedicates himself to developing the skills necessary for success in his big mountain goals.
For the last four years, Mike has competed as a member of the US Ski Mountaineering Team in races all over North America and Western Europe. In 2018, Mike set the world record (which has since been broken) for the most vertical feet climbed and skied in a single day, establishing a new benchmark of 61,200 feet.
As a coach, Mike is excited to help his athletes clarify and progress toward their goals. He believes in doing the basics well, and that consistency and tight feedback loops between coach and athlete can lead to breakthroughs in performance.
Mike currently resides in Missoula, Montana, where he trains on the amazing trail network just outside his front door. He also spends time bringing the western Montana running community together as a race director, most notably for The Rut Mountain Runs in Big Sky, Montana.