Sue first laced up her shoes and began running in 1978. It wasn’t until 1982 that running a few miles per day had become habit, and that same year, she tried her hand at her first 5k and full marathon…after a long run of five miles.
Over the next few years, she ran numerous marathons in just over three hours. After a major foot injury took her out for some time, her road to recovery included trail running, which sparked a passion that would guide her running career from then on. This ignited a streak of trail and ultra runs, ranging anywhere from 26.2 miles to 50 miles. One hundred of these 50-mile races later, finishing around 8:48, she had finished among the top three women in nearly all of them.
She has run nearly all major-city marathons in the U.S., however priority races were still out on the trails, and she completed her favorite race, the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim run four times. Then, in 1992, she finally got to run her “dream race”: the Western States 100. She finished in 29 hours.
She ran the Squaw Valley 50k for the fifth time, Baldy Peaks 50k 2.5 times, and another Grand Canyon run, finishing top five and grabbing personal bests in each of them. 1995 brought another foot injury, and racing would take a back seat until 2003, when she decided to go global. She conquered Trail marathons, 50k’s, and 50 milers in Spain, South Africa, Sydney, Jordan, New Zealand, and on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She is now the leading travel expert for running tours to many of these countries.
She has since joined a cycling team and tried a few triathlons, and plans on completing a half IRONMAN and numerous endurance bike rides to supplement her running. In 2015, she is added “Race Director” to her name as she launched the Kenya Wildlife Marathon and Australian Wildlife Marathon, where all proceeds go to help wildlife. Sue is a force to be reckoned with out on the trails, but hopes to inspire and help others run their dream races all over the world.
ASSISTANT RACE DIRECTOR/MARKETING DIRECTOR
Whitney is a fiercely passionate athlete, filmmaker, and model/host. She is the founder and executive Producer for her own company, Iron Will Productions, as well as a Supervising Producer at travel/adventure film production company The Best Information Ever.
She grew up competing in many sports ranging from swimming to elite equestrian showjumping to elite men’s rowing (as a coxswain). Now she competes as a sponsored marathon runner and full-distance IRONMAN triathlete. In addition to the numerous TV shows, films, music videos, and modeling shoots she has worked on and been in over the years, she is so thrilled that she gets to produce films and media for athletes, by athletes. Through her love of film, sports, and travel, she has filmed documentaries and TV shows domestically and internationally with Phil Keoghan (of “The Amazing Race"), the men's and women's Olympic rowing teams, The Race Across America, pro cyclists, elite trail runners, IRONMAN champions, athletic business owners, health and fitness gurus, and so many more. Helping organize a race with an incredibly experienced team with some running, travel, and wildlife thrown in is an adventurer's dream come true!
TRAVEL AGENT / ITALY & SPAIN SPECIALIST / ITALIAN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR