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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 five books: "Trail Running Illustrated: The Art of Running Free (Helvitiq/The Mounatineers, 2021), "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) and ghost-written edited and contributed to several more.

Books, Videos, Clips & Content

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


"Trail Running Illustrated: The Art of Running Free" (Helvetiq/The Mountaineers, Oct. 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)


HOKA x UTMB World Series: Tara Savage - The Road Less Travelled (February 2023)

Rock 'n' Roll Running Series: 2023 Milestones Episode 1: The Ultimate Running Party (January 2023)

NBC Sports Ironman World Championship Documentary (December 2023)

LEOMO TYPE-S: Next Generation Sports Device (April 2020)

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, Nov. 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)



10 Important Takeaways From the 2023 Boston Marathon (Outside, April 2023)

Who Wore Which Shoes at the 2023 Boston Marathon? (Outside, April 2023)

Boston Is Still Strong 10 Years On (Outside, April 2023)

These Electric Snowbikes are a Great Alternative to Snowmobiles (Outside, March 2023)

What I Learned Running 30 Days in a Row (Trail Runner, March 2023)

This Triathlon World Champion Is Nominated for an Oscar (Outside, March 2023)

Designing a Shoe for the Running Class (Outside, March 2023)

Trail Running and Drug-Testing: Where Do We Go From Here? (Trail Runner, Jan. 2023)

More Money Is Flowing Into Trail Running. What Does It Mean for the Sport? (Trail Runner, Jan. 2023)

On His Way to a PR, A Marathoner Collapsed at Mile 26 (Outside, Dec. 2022)

Five Hot Running Trends for 2023 (Six Minute Mile Newsletter, Dec. 2022)

Long After the Minimalist Revolution, Chris McDougall Returns with ‘Born to Run 2’

Who Wore Which Shoes at the 2022 New York City Marathon (Outside, Nov. 2022)

After Facing Death, NYC Marathon Has New Meaning for Tommy Rivers Puzey (Sports Illustrated, Nov. 2022)

‘Allie Mac’ Wins World Championship, Leads Team USA to Gold (Trail Runner, Nov. 2022)

American Women Dominate Beer Mile World Classic (Outside, Oct. 2022)

Chris Nikic Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome to Finish Ironman World Championship (Outside, Oct. 2022)

How Jennifer Britz became a world champion snowshoe racer this summer (Trail Runner, Sept. 2022)

Why Your Local running Store Matters (Outside, Sept. 2022)

Kilian Jornet isn't the G.O.A.T. of trail running just because he wins big races (Outside, Sept. 2022)

UTMB: A fanfare for the common runner (Outside, Aug. 2022)

A PTL participant died on the course: Is the race too dangerous? (Outside, Aug. 2022)

You are only as fast as your ass (Outside, Aug. 2022)

10 things you didn't know about Hoka running shoes (Outside, July 2022)

World Championships of Track and Field (Finally) Comes to America (Outside, July 2022)

Tommy Rivs' Cancer-Free Return to the Boston Marathon Was Beautiful (Outside, April 2022)

Running? No thanks! Jogging? I can do that! Outside, March 2022)

How Alexandr Sorokin Ran 100 Miles at 6:31 Pace (Outside, Jan. 2022)

Gear That Made Modern Triathlon (Triathlete, Jan. 2022)

Sara Hall's 7 Keys to Longevity (Women's Running, Jan. 2022)

The Simple Shift That Made Molly Seidel a Marathoner (Podium Runner, Nov. 2021)

The Marathon Doesn't Care If You Did An Ironman (Triathlete, Nov. 2021)

How Chris Fisher Logged 400,00 Feet of Vert in October (Trail Runner, Nov. 2021)

Check Out this Gnarly Trail Race Series (Trail Runner, Sept. 2021)

The Awkward Thrill of Running Up Ski Slopes (Trail Runner, Oct. 2021)

Bringing the Kenyan Culture of Harambee to the Rockies (Podium Runner, July 2021)

How Fast Can the Fastest Pros Run in Ironman? (Triathlete, July 2021)

The Sacred Art of Stoking New Running Dreams (Podium Runner, July 2021)

Trail Stoke: Wild Jackalopes Redux (Trail Runner, July 2021)

The Scene in Eugene: New Hayward Field Shines (Podium Runner, June 2021)

Trail Runner Completes 5 Roundtrip Crossings of the Grand Canyon (, June 2021)

How Tommy Rivs Inspired Trail Runners from His Deathbed (Trail Runner, May 2021)

New Global Trail Running Series Announced (, May 2021)

Treasure Hunter Convicted for Digging in Yellowstone National Park (, April 2021)

Amputee David Mackey Completes Grand Canyon R2R2R Run (, March 2021)

The Best Multitools for Camping (Adventure, Feb. 2021)

'Pineapple Powder' Falls on the Mountains of Hawaii (, Feb. 2021)

Want to Camp in a Rented Igloo? (, Feb. 2021)

Full Steam Ahead on the Great Redwood Trail (, Feb. 2021)

Trail Stoke: I Don't Miss Racing, I Miss You (Trail Runner, Jan. 2021)

Building a Shoe Brand from Scratch (Podium Runner, Nov. 2020)

Trail Stoke: Trail Running is Our Therapy (Trail Runner, Nov. 2020)

Rage On! Tommy Rivers Puzey is Improving, But Still Battling Cancer (Trail Runner, Oct 2020)

Trail Stoke: The Subtle Joy Of Getting Your Butt Kicked On A Morning Run (Trail Runner, Sept 2020)

Super Shoe Review (Podium Runner, Aug. 2020) 

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)

A Guide to Running Colorado's 14ers (Trail Runner, May 2020)

Comeback Kid Jake Riley (Outside/Podium Runner, February 2020)

Unbreakable Spirit: Hillary Allen Rebounds from a Near-Death Experience Only to Endure Another Setback and More Darkness (Trail Runner, Dec. 2019)

Banning Kipchoge's Shoes is the Dumbest Take in Running Right Now (Runner's World, 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 in 2020? (Runner's World, Oct. 2018) 

Swim, Bike, Run and Live Each Trip to the Fullest (Triathlete, Sept. 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, Oct. 2015)

How New Balance Developed a Shoe for Sebastian Kienle (Triathlete, Oct. 2015)

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

The Mending of Dave Mackey (Trail Runner, Aug. 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)

Handcrafted Skis Long on Performance (The Denver Post, Nov. 2010)

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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