Alison Sunshine Chavez
Alison is an accomplished endurance athlete, having competed in over 150 races over the past ten years. Her hard work and endurance helped her conquer her most important “race” to date – her battle against an aggressive form of breast cancer.
In July 2013, Alison was diagnosed with triple negative ductal carcinoma, an aggressive form of breast cancer. Throughout her two years of treatment, Alison endured seven surgeries, twenty rounds of chemo, and many complications due to a weakened immune system, but her family, friends, colleagues and teammates kept her spirits up throughout, and she celebrated each treatment milestone with a race when she could. Five months after her last surgery, she earned her first 100 mile belt buckle at the 48-hour Across the Years Race. She truly believes that endurance running and a healthy diet helped save her life.
On the weekends, you can find Alison running and racing all over the Bay Area and cycling in wine country. She is a three-time Ironman finisher, and in the world of trail and ultra running (her favorite endurance sport), she has completed over ten 50 milers and four 100 milers. In 2016, she had her best racing year to date, completing both the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and the Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run, just six weeks apart. She is looking forward to another back-to-back 100 mile summer in 2017 - Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile Endurance run, followed by the Wasatch 100 Mile Endurance Run. Andale!
Julie Halle (The Dragonfly)
Julie is a Quebec endurance enthusiast with a heart made for giving. International aid worker, she uses her skills as an occupational therapist to make a difference in some of the most vulnerable places on the planet.
An Ironman triathlete recently converted to ultra trail running, she chose Canyon de Chelly as her first ultra adventure, connecting with our Navajo brothers and sisters and the beautiful environment they live in. Her dedication to Mas Korima comes not only from the health benefits she gets using traditional heritage food, but also from her appreciation of its eco-business model where our Raramuri friends operate as equal partners and shareholders.
My name is Colleen. I have a deep passion for mountains, canyons and all outdoor adventures. I grew up, a shy and self conscious overweight girl in a small town in the Midwest where everything was flat and I never ran or did much outdoors at all. Moving out west, I fell in love with the mountains and trails and they transformed me into a new person- a lover of life and experiences. I stumbled upon ultra running at my first 100 mile race and found a new community of people from all different walks of life who shared the same passion as me, and regardless of our age, our beliefs, our body types, our professions- we were all connected. Running has also given me a lot more confidence in myself in that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and it's also given me more confidence in my body and all that it allows me to do.
Working as a nurse, I'm exposed to death and illness and it drives me to live each day to the fullest, to push my body to it's full potential and see as much of the world that is out there. Because there is so much out there! On the weekends, you can find me on a road trip in my Prius to random mountains, or wandering the Grand Canyon, my meditation place, or maybe even salsa dancing :) I'm a bit of a gypsy and prefer being out on the road and the trails over being home, and I enjoy all the interesting people I've met along the way. I am not the fastest runner but I always run with my heart. It's taken me on a pretty amazing journey so far!
Sebastian, always with a perpetual smile on his face, is a high energy, dog-whispering, trail and ultramarathon running, 10 year old boy who simply loves to run in the mountains, and in the process, is quietly making a name for himself in the ultra-running world as the "next-next generation" of young talented trail runners. Sebastian has been hiking and running for years with his parents, Mike and Gabriella Salsbury on the Santa Barbara trails, and last year alone completed the Santa Barbara Red Rock Marathon, Santa Barbara Nine Trails 35 Mile Endurance Run, and Born to Run 50k, and as always wearing his "lucky" "Club Mas Loco" shirt, a gift from Maria Walton that Sebastian treasures. These days Sebastian is rarely seen running without his best friend and trail companion, his Australian Shepard, Sydney. Sebastian's love of running and animals is truly a beautiful combination!
Running has given me something I have been searching for my whole life....purpose. There is a reason I run. and that reason is to go further than I ever thought possible. Mas Korima is part of that purpose to spread the message of peace and humility. Through running I am able to connect with all walks of life. I was asked to write a bio of myself, however I believe the best way get to know me is to run with me. (Photo by our Amigo Sweet M Images)
My name is Frankie Escobar and I’ve been running for 3+ years. I’ve been an Ultra runner for a little over 1 year and I’d have to say that my motivation comes from spending time with my 4 kids and friends (which I consider my family) out on the trails. Secondly, I run to find out “what’s out there, whether it be to test my limits or just to see the beauty this world has to offer.
On April Fool's Day I thought I was having a heart attack. No joke. I knew I had to make some changes in my life, so I took my dog for a walk around the block. That short walk soon turned into long urban hikes all over San Francisco. This lead to a jog, and then a run. That run ultimately lead to a marathon and a few 100 mile endurance runs. Bottom line, I got healthy and took control of my life. I am Endorphin Dude.
When he chose his totem animal, the Great Bear of the North we call the Kodiak, Marc associated with several qualities of the mind and soul; strength, determination and a certain fierceness, but also courage, playfulness and a deep connection with the Earth and its seasons.
This transfers perfectly to his running, which is largely done in nature with his two feet firmly planted on the forest ground. Marc is about the experience of running and the joy of being outdoors, breathing free and sharing the good life. As an ultra-runner and a Mas Loco, he feels a deep connection with our Raramuri brothers and sisters and has great respect for their humble, simple way of life. Being a Mas Korima messenger is El Kodiak’s way to show this respect and to share these values with those he meets during his adventures.
I've been told all of my life that I couldn't run because I suffer from asthma and one day I decided to prove people wrong. Since then, I've run countless races ranging everywhere from 5k to 100 miles. I fell in love with trails while living in Arizona and recently relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area where I am learning how to run different types of trails and integrating into the local running community here.
I love running, and have been doing so competitively for 40 years now! Why? Because of my love of outdoors and the way it centers me and makes me feel. I truly feel that if everyone ran, this world would be an entirely different place. I want to run for the rest of my life, hence, I run smarter now and pay close attention to my nutrition!
Chris has been out there running and supporting the endurance running community since before most of us hit the ground for the first time. Dude is old! :p We call him Perro Cerveza, and if you rounded up all the folks that love this man for a race, you would have to do a lottery and it would be more full than Western States.
One day, in Junior High School, I discovered cross country running. Having always grown up being the smallest kid in class this new sport gave me an athletic outlet that was desperately needed. Since that time running has always been a part of my life. My running life has taken me from coast to coast in various distances from 5k races to ultra marathons on oval tracks and through endless mountain trails. It is more than just a sport and a race to me though, running is a lifestyle that brings calm and reverence to my soul in training and allows me to tap a competitive nature when racing. For many years I felt like I could eat whatever I wanted because I worked out so much. It was only as an adult that I really started to discover the value that proper nutrition and quality foods can play to my endurance and overall health. Now I strive to put only the best fuel into my body. This is why I am so excited to be a messenger with Mas Korima. The purity of their products reflect my own passion of living a healthy lifestyle in body, mind & soul.