A New Addition to the nuun UltraRunning Team – Luke Nelson

i’ve known luke ever since he sent me an email to declare his intentions to go after my speed record around the tetons. it’s standard procedure to alert the previous record holder that you are giving it a go. he got it and you can read his report on the effort here.

since then he’s been picked up by the la sportiva team and has focused on ultrarunning. with no room left in my 2009 budget for the nuun ultrarunning team there were two guys i was so impressed with that i had to add anyway. the other i’ll announce very shortly. here is lukes bio..


Even though Luke is a relative newcomer to to trail running he has been having a solid summer. With solid finishes in races ranging from 4.7 miles to 50 miles, including two course record wins: one at the 5 mile Menan Butte Challenge, the other at El Vaquero Loco 50k, podium finishes at The Wasatch Steeplechase, Kelly Canyon Trail Run, Wasatch Speedgoat 50k, a 4th at his first attempt at a 50 mile course- The Pocatello 50, and top ten finishes at two of the largest La Sportiva Mountain Cup Races: the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase and the Shop To The Top in SunValley. He is planning on building on this year’s successes and intends on continuing to improve himself as a runner, randonee racer, and all around endurance athlete this upcoming fall, winter and next summer. The next big event on his schedule is the Bear 100, which will be his first attempt at that distance. If running didn’t keep him busy enough Luke is a full time graduate student in the Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program, a husband to an amazing wife-Tanae, and father to an amazing two year old daughter- Brynlee, you can read more about his mission to balance out family, school and endurance athletics at his blog.

Currently Loves the Bannanuun for every day training, and the orange ginger for racing.