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Uncommon Endurance: Two Elite Athletes in Two Tough Sports

  • 06:00 PM

Uncommon Endurance: Two Elite Athletes in Two Tough Sports 

Unlimited Adventure

With Courtney Dauwalter and Josiah Middaugh, moderated by Steve Leigh

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Vail Interfaith Chapel | Vail

Prepare to be amazed when two of the world’s best endurance athletes take the stage. Josiah Middaugh and Courtney Dauwalter join in conversation and address their unique paths to their chosen sports. Both are kids of the midwest: Dauwalter hails from Minnesota and Middaugh from Michigan; both now call Colorado home. And like their adopted homes, topics like training, managing injuries, maintaining focus and motivation are topics of commonality between the two.
“What we give ourselves credit for and what our bodies and minds are capable of, are two very different things,” Dauwalter says. She explores those possibilities through ultramarathon running and has found that with a whole lot of persistence and never making excuses, our limits are way beyond what we imagined. Middaugh’s path to elite athletic performance is replete with learning experiences that will ease the conscious of anyone who has made similar rookie mistakes. In addition to his demanding competition schedule, Middaugh coaches other aspiring athletes at all levels.
Courtney Dauwalter grew up in Minnesota where her family, coaches and teammates helped foster a love for competition and endurance sports like cross-country running and Nordic skiing. She raced on the Nordic ski team at the University of Denver and found herself running a few road marathons post-college. Her entry into distance running snowballed quickly to 50k, 50 mile and beyond. Currently, Dauwalter is an ultramarathon runner living in Golden, Colorado. She was the overall winner of the Moab 240 Mile Endurance Run in 2017, ran 279 miles at Big Backyard Ultra in 2018, was the first female at Ultra Trail Mont Blanc 100 mile in 2019, and has competed in many other ultramarathons around the world. Her curiosity for what the human body and brain are capable of is what keeps her heading out the door every day to train. In 2020, her race schedule includes many races that will continue to test these limits.
Josiah Middaugh is the greatest off-roader in U.S. history and is now 20+ years into his career and still hungry to win. His nickname, “Mid-Awesome,” is a testament to his illustrious career which includes the title of 2015 XTERRA Champion, Ten-time GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge champion and World Fat Bike Champion. In 2018, Middaugh claimed second place at Costa Rica’s notoriously difficult La Ruta stage race. Fresh off his 19th XTERRA competition in Maui in October 2019, Middaugh was the top American finisher and 6th overall. Middaugh credits his upbringing, which included an enthusiasm for the outdoors and an athletic family ethic, for his success as an endurance athlete. He and his brother Yaro operate Middaugh Coaching in Eagle County Colorado where they provide training to all levels of athletes in numerous endurance sports.
Moderator Steve Leigh grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, a child of multi-generational steelworkers. He began his broadcasting career doing play-by-play for high school and college football and basketball games in his late teens. Currently, Steve is the morning show host on KZYR Radio in Vail and also in syndication nationwide for ABC Radio. When he’s not broadcasting, Steve enjoys flailing on one of his bicycles, fly fishing and tinkering.
This program is underwritten by Dr. Robert & Janie Lippnick and is presented in partnership with the Vail Public Library

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