Ellen Miller

Ellen Miller

Vail Athletic Club/ US Mountain Running Team


About Me

I work as the Outdoor Fitness Coach at the Vail Athletic Club. I am a Certified Level 2 USATF Endurance Coach, and the Manager of the US Women’s Mountain Running Team for the past 14 years. In 2002, I was voted Colorado Sportswoman of the Year for longevity and achievement in athletics. I was the first American woman to climb Mt. Everest from both Nepal and Tibet 2 (1of 9 women in the world) and I work guiding treks/climbs in the Himalaya. I have also climbed other Himalayan 8000-meter peaks Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, as well as prominent peaks around the World. In my former competitive career, I completed races all over the World in multi disciplines: Multi-Day Eco-Challenges, The TransAlpine Mountain Running Race, the Leadville 100 Running race, the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race, and the The Elk Mountain Grand Traverse.

I am a 25+ year Vail Valley resident, a community I value deeply. I am the founder of The Climb for Literacy and was the creator/ race director for The Vail Mountain Winter Uphill. Both of these events benefit non-profit organizations. I volunteer as a Trail Ambassador and Trail Host to give back to the trails she loves dearly, and serve as Vice President of the American Trail Running Association. I have a results-based proven coaching methodology, and take pride in helping people at any ability level reach their potential in fitness. As a bi-lateral hip replacement recipient, I support and encourage other aging athletes to continue their pursuit of passion for sports.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

My Coaching Style / Methodology

I am a Certified Level 2 USATF Endurance Coach. Now as an aging athlete, I focus on mostly on coaching other aging athletes, especially women who are racing, trekking and climbing at altitude, since my background induced many high-altitude expeditions! My education is on-going at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where Head Exercise Physiologist Randy Wilbur is my Coaching mentor.

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