Melissa Koch resides in Tucson AZ and considers herself a mediocre trail runner. However, she continues to advance for the joy of the experience and the peanut butter banana sandwich at the end. She has an MS in counseling with an emphasis in addiction and is a certified wilderness first responder and personal trainer. She currently works as a residential therapist at an inpatient facility helping people to help themselves. Her other love besides trail running is vegetable gardening and her three crazy shelter dogs.