Cruising the Yakima Skyline Rim 25K (Photo:  Glenn Tachiyama )

Cruising the Yakima Skyline Rim 25K (Photo: Glenn Tachiyama)

The first time I remember actually going for a run was around age 12.  I went on a little 2-mile jog with my dad and sister…I beat them both back to the house…the rest, I guess you can say, is history. But really it took me until college to start to run with any sort of regularity, or with any goal in mind.  In my college years I dabbled in road marathons and began to understand the immense greatness that is trail running.  If you’ve never experienced the trails of Ithaca, NY, please do so.  Post-college I lived in Seattle and later Leavenworth, Washington.  Undoubtedly I owe my love of mountain running to the incredible Cascade Mountains, and to a few killer mountain runners named Brian, Adam, Phil, and Nicole.

These days I’m taking mountain running and trail racing a bit more seriously than I have before.  I was fortunate to join the Mountain Peak Fitness – Red Newt Racing trail racing team last year, and I look forward to another great season with them again this year. I run trails because it’s a way for me to escape, explore, get frightfully scared, and feel wholly accomplished, alive, and exhausted all at once.

See ya on the trails!

[Editors Note: Natalie is also a Nutritionist. Check out her website at Happy Belly Nutrition! And find her on Facebook]

Race Highlights


1st - Cat’s Tail Trail Marathon

2nd – Virgil Crest 50K

2nd – Escarpment Trail Run 30K

3rd - North Face Endurance Challenge Bear Mountain 50K 

1st – Breakneck Point Trail Run 25K


2nd – Yakima Skyline Rim 25K

2nd – Hagg Lake 25K

3rd – Sun Mountain 50K


2nd – Yakima Skyline Rim 25K