My mom convinced me to become a writer and a journalist.

But only after I threatened to drop out of college while riding a chairlift at a ski resort. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a railroad engineer. Then I wanted to play centerfield for the Cubs or right wing for the Blackhawks. Then I wanted to run in the Olympics. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but I enjoy seeking adventures and telling stories on my way to find out. I have written for Men's Journal, Runner's World, Outside, Lonely Planet, Ski, National Geographic Adventure, Competitor, The Red Bulletin, The Colorado Sun,, Trail Runner,  Triathlete and 5280. To date, I have authored/co-authored four books ("Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes" (VeloPress, 2019), "Run Like a Champion" (VeloPress, 2015), Natural Running (VeloPress, 2010) and "Running Colorado's Front Range" (Mountain Sports Press, 2003).

Books, Videos, Clips & Content

Here are some recent examples of my writing, video and publishing work.


"Trail Running Illustrated: The Art and The Challenge" (Helvetiq, Spring 2021)

"Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture & Cool of Running Shoes" (VeloPress, Oct 2019)

"Epic Runs of the World" (contributing writer) (Lonely Planet, 2019)

"Fast-Track Triathlete" by Matt Dixon (co-editor) (VeloPress, Oct 2017)

"Run Like a Champion" by Alan Culpepper with Brian Metzler (Velo Press, April 2015)


"Natural Running" by Danny Abshire with Brian Metzler (VeloPress, Oct 2010)


"Running Colorado's Front Range" (Mountain Sports Press, Oct 2003)


Dave Mackey is on the Move Again (, January 2018)

Get Your Jackass Over the Pass (, July 2017)


Beer and Running: Colorado's Shoes & Brews (Competitor, November 2014)

Competitor Magazine Cover Shoot with Kara Goucher (Competitor, July 2014)

Competitor Magazine Cover Shoot with Meb Keflezighi (Competitor, May 2014)


Boston Strong (Competitor, April 2014)

A City of Runners (Competitor, April 2014)

The Kenya Project with Desiree Linden (Competitor, March 2014)



Trail Stoke: Can You Please Get Your #%@&-ing Dog Under Control?! (Trail Runner, June 2020)

Best Trail Running Shoes for Summer (Men's Journal, June 2020)

Banning Kipchoge's Shoes is the Dumbest Take in Running Right Now
(Runner's, Oct. 2019)

Are You Running in the Right Shoes on Race Day? (Podium Runner, Oct. 2019)

Joe Gray Wants To Tackle Distance Runner's Diversity Problem (Runner's World, Sept. 2019)

Chasing Boulder's Ghost Railroad (, Sept. 2019)

Few Tame Ultras Better: Courtney Dauwalter Wins UTMB (Runner's World, Aug. 2019)

Tollefson, Dauwalter Lead Strong Pack of Americans at UTMB (Runner's World, Aug. 2019)

Open Water Swim Vacations: 4 Destinations to Dream About (Triathlete, Aug. 2019)

Neptune Mountaineering hit rock bottom, but new owners revived it (Colorado Sun, July 2019)

Remember the trail runner who strangled the mountain lion? (Colorado Sun, July 2019)


Jim Walmsley's 50-Mile World Best (Runner's World, May 2019)

The Trail Runner Who Killed a Mountain Lion (Runner's World, Feb 2019)

Will Keflezighi Come Out of Retirement to run 2020? (Runner's World, Oct. 2018) 

Is Chip-Embedded Triathlon Gear the Future (Triathlete, Oct. 2018)

The World's Most Amazing Race (Trail Runner, Sept. 2018)

Go Hard 101 with Eric Byrnes (Wedu Journal, Aug. 2018)

Eric Byrnes Epic Summer of Triathlon (Triathlete, Aug. 2018)

Father of the Fastest Known Time (Trail Runner, July 2018)

Shades of Gray (Trail Runner, July 2017)

Running the Wicklow Way (, July 2017)

Yes, You are a Runner! (Competitor, June 2016)

Don't Call it a Comeback: Kara Goucher Has Her Eyes on the Prize (Competitor, February 2016)

Cuba LIbre! (Competitor, May 2016)

Old-School Sneakers (Competitor, April 2016)

A Runner's Guide to Conquering the Grand Canyon (Competitor, April 2016)

King of Pain: Marathon Legend Steve Jones (Competitor, October 2015)

Chamonix: The Culture of Hardcore Trail Running (Competitor, February 2015)

The Mending of Dave Mackey (Trail Runner, August 2015)

Boston Strong (Competitor, April 2014)

Running Still Matters (, April 2013)

Farewell, Caballo Blanco (Trail Runner, June 2012)

Jenny Simpson: Golden Girl (Running Times, January 2012)

Haulin' Ass (Runner's World, May 2011)

Matt Carpenter: King of the Mountain (Running Times, August 2011)

A Blast from the Past (Rocky Mountain News, June 2007)

Dog Comes to Racer's Rescue (, Dec. 2006)

Whistler Fueling Progression of Mountain Biking (The Denver Post, June 2006)


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