We are fortunate to have friends and mentors who have inspired us to take on big endurance challenges.

Scott Jurek

Scott is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion and 24-hour American record holder of 165.7 miles. His wins include the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run an unprecedented seven consecutive times, the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon, Hardrock Hundred and the 153-mile Spartathlon. His best-selling memoir is called Eat & Run. We were fortunate to improve our ultra running performance while working with Scott when he lived in Seattle and offered coaching services.  Follow Scott on his website, Facebook or Twitter.

Helen Thayer

A lifelong adventurer, Helen was the first woman to solo the Magnetic North Pole in 1988, pulling her own sled without resupply at the age of 50. Her best-selling book Polar Dream tells her story. Chris met Helen in 2010 when she spoke at a Snoqualmie Valley Women In Business luncheon. Helen planted the idea of polar travel in Chris and Marty’s minds and has since become a friend and mentor. Learn more about Helen at her website.

Krissy Moehl

For over 12 years top-ranked Krissy Moehl has participated in and won ultra-trail events around the world ranging from 50k to 103 miles. Her 2009 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc win was stunning. Her shear joy of running and passion for life has inspired us over the years. We met Krissy as past race director of the Cle Elum 50k race and as longtime race director of Chuckanut 50k. She helped us as we prepared for our Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc race in 2010.  Connect with Krissy on Facebook or Twitter or check out her website.

Keith Heger

Keith is a veteran guide with Polar Explorers and led the Polar Shakedown Training in Ely, Minnesota (Chris attended) and Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (Marty attended). His polar experience and advice will prove invaluable in our preparation for our expedition.  Keith is part of the two man team featured in the film Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul by Sebastian Copeland.