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.
TOUR GUIDE AND RACE DIRECTOR - AUSTRALIA
Chris Ord is a trail running all-rounder: editor of Australasia’s trail running lifestyle magazine, Trail Run Mag, adventure running tour operator and owner of Tour de Trails , trail running race director (Surf Coast Trail Marathon, Tassie Trail Fest, Australian Adventure Festival, Oscars 100 Hut2Hut, GoldRush Trail Run and Afterglow Night Trail Run), adventure tourism development consultant and director of Adventure Types, and trail running film maker, journalist and photographer.
Chris has led trail tours and expeditions across mountain deserts, through remote alpine wilderness and through the high Himalayas, including having already run half of the Bhutanese Snowman Route, along which this FKT expedition journeys.
He has also produced trail running videos for the likes of The North Face(100 Reasons – Running The North Face 100), produced a TV pilot for an adventure running concept called Run The Planet, and filmed on trail for clients in locations as diverse as China/Tibet and the Red Center trails of Australia’s Northern Territory.
Experienced on trails as he may be, what Chris is not, is an elite level, competitive trail runner. For him, it’s all about enjoying running wild, at any pace, through stunning parts of the world. And perhaps enjoying a shiraz come the end of the trail.