Trail Sisters Speaker Series

Perspectives on the Evolving Race Landscape

Recorded on: October 30, 2023

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Over recent years, there have been noticeable shifts and changes within the race event industry. Focuses on longer distances, more vertical gain, corporate ownership, extensive race series, participant approach, DEI initiatives, conservation, event standards, and of course, cost. 

Special guests and Race Directors, Libby Jones (The Active Joe), Megan DeHaan (Crazy Mountain 100), and Michele Hartwig (Ornery Mule Racing), share their perspective on these shifts, what they have experienced at their own events, and their outlook on the evolving future of racing.

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Libby Jones​
Libby Jones of Frisco, Texas has been directing races since 2006. Libby started The Active Joe race organization on 1/1/2010, and her signature trail race is the Dinosaur Valley Endurance Run. She believes in bringing underserved communities into the sport, making them feel welcome, with a focus on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (3 of the 8 Driving Principles behind The Active Joe). Libby and her husband Steve have been married for 23 years, they have two daughters, they have a corgi named Muffin.
Megan DeHaan
Megan DeHaan​
Megan DeHaan is a cattle rancher with an ultra running addiction. Wife and Mother of 2 boys. Bow hunter and leatherworker in her infrequent “spare time” (whatever that is) She is passionate about doing hard things, and bridging the gap between folks who traditionally don’t see eye to eye. “I’d much rather be someone’s shot of whiskey than everyone’s cup of tea” -Carrie Bradshaw
Michele Hartwig
Michele Hartwig​
Race Director of Midwest trail races including Kettle Moraine 100, Hennepin Hundred, Midwest States 100 and more unique races on a variety of our favorite Illinois & Wisconsin trails. A certified Running coach that enjoys training, learning and working on healthy nutrition. Trail advocate that serves on two non-profit boards that support trails & outdoor space.

About the Speaker Series

Join the conversation as host Gina Lucrezi and various special guests discuss topics related to trail running, hiking and more!

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About the Hosts

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Gina Lucrezi

As the founder of Trail Sisters, Gina’s goal is to help create opportunities and grow participation in women’s trail running. 

Kristi Confortin

Kristi is the Trail Sisters team manager, speaker series wing-woman and Birmingham, Alabama’s local group leader and a lover of all dogs.