Melissa Marsted has been a long-distance runner since participating in an Outward Bound program in high school. She has run 12 marathons, including a 2:56 personal best, as well as a marathon along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. In 2015 she decided to challenge herself yet again and started running 50K races and has now completed five, including races on Antelope Island, outside of Salt Lake City, in Antelope Canyon outside of Page, Arizona, and another in Monument Valley in southern Utah. She has also been an ambassador with Vacation Races and has completed half marathons in Glacier National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Bryce National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. She has lived in Park City since 2013 with her two cats and her ten-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Aro. She has two grown sons, William and Peter.
She now writes children’s books about the national parks from her home in Park City, Utah. Melissa has two grown sons who often take part in adventures with her.