Trail Sisters Speaker Series

You Can Do Hard Things

Recorded on: June 18, 2023

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As the sport of trail and ultra running grows, so does the pursuit in testing one’s limits against the extreme. More vert, higher elevation, longer races, you name it.  Some folks thrive on these robust challenges, but for others, they count themselves out due to a disbelief of what they are capable of. 

The June Speaker Series focuses on breaking down the barriers that may keep women from participating in race events regarded as infamous, rugged, or grueling. Special guests: Courtney Dauwalter, Darcy Piceu, Laurie Nakauchi, and Meghan Hicks will speak about their race experiences, talk about what it really takes, and provide guidance to getting you to the start line of these strenuous races.

Courtney Dauwalter
Courtney Dauwalter
Courtney Dauwalter is a professional trail and ultra runner, prior schoolteacher, and fan of baggy shorts (check out the Shortney shorts!). Courtney is quite an accomplished ultra runner, winning the UTMB twice, Western States, Hardrock Hundred, Tahoe 200 Endurance Run, Moab 240 Endurance Run, Grand Raid La Reunion – Diagonale des Fous, and more!
Darcy Piceu
Darcy Piceu
Darcy Piceu is a mom, professional ultra runner, and a therapist/counselor who lives and trains in Boulder, CO. She’s been running for 20+ years with over 100+ ultras under belt, include 9x Hardrock Hundred finisher, UTMB, Western States, Tor des Geants, Hurt 100, Trail 100 Andorra by UTMB, to name a few.
Laurie Nakauchi
Laurie Nakauchi
Laurie Nakauchi is a mother, schoolteacher, and ultra runner. Laurie started running in 1986 by jogging around her neighborhood, and has since completed the Tahoe 200 Endurance Run, Moab 240 Endurance Run, Susanna 100, BigHorn 100, and is a 12x Leadville 100 finisher.
Meghan Hicks
Meghan Hicks
Meghan Hicks is the Managing Editor of iRunFar, Author of, Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, Board member of the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run, and ultra runner having raced Hardrock Hundred, Marathon des Sables, Snowman Race, Tor des Geants, and more!

About the Speaker Series

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

Webinars are held monthly and are free for all to attend live.

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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.