A New Addition to the nuun UltraRunning Team – Brian Robinson
i first heard about brian robinson while watching the movie the runner. jb benna’s documentary on montrail ultrarunner david horton’s record setting run on the pacific crest trail. in the documentary brian is introduced as the first person to complete the triple crown of fast packing, completing all three major trails in one calendar year; the appalachian, pacific crest and continental divide trails. as if that wasn’t enough in 2008 he set the new course record at the barkley 100, while becoming only the 7th person to finish the race. below is a bio and here is an interview before the western states 100 miler this year… we’re stoked to have him on the nuun team!
Brian Robinson earned the trail name “Flyin’ Brian” in 2001 when he became the first person to complete the Calendar Triple Crown, a 7,400-mile, triple thru-hike of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails, all in the same year. His 10-month odyssey through 22 states traversed the entire lengths of the three major US mountain divides.
Brian started trail running as conditioning for long hikes. Since then, ultra running has become his primary passion. For three years he focused on the Barkley, finally achieving success in 2008 when he became the 7th person ever to finish the Barkley 100, in a course record 55 hours 43 minutes. After one failed attempt, the John Muir Trail speed record remains his obsession.
Far from an athlete when younger, Brian was a Rubik’s Cube champion and master Bridge player. He graduated from U.C Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and worked for Tandem/Compaq before quitting the rat race and accepting the financial consequences of pursuing a dream. Now 48, Brian resides in Monterey, CA with his wife and adventuring partner, Sophia and stepson Skyler.