|Team member since 2014
Julian is the father of two, a workaholic, and an adventure racing junky. Originally from Alaska, he now lives with his family in Denver, CO. Julian has mastered the technical skills required for the modern adventure athlete: rock and ice climbing, map and compass navigation, canyoneering, class V kayaking, paddle raft guiding, and tandem paragliding. Since recovering from a spinal fracture in 2000 resulting from a paragliding accident, Julian has run 100 mile ultra-marathons, won an adventure race across Wyoming, surfed in the Gulf of Alaska, paddled the Grand Canyon (also knocked out a rim to rim to river run!), as well as skied the grueling Elk Mountain Grand Traverse and Power of Four ski-mountaineering races. Along the way he found the courage to get back on the horse, flying paragliders. He has since retired from paragliding to focus on ultra-endurance events with Journey Racing. Julian is a professional business jet pilot by trade.Team member since 2014 As former captain and navigator of Team Torti, Fletcher brings leadership, experience and strategy to the team. Designer by day and adventure seeker at all other hours, he is constantly balancing family, work and his passion for AR. He has been racing in multi-sport events since 2003, earning podiums and top ten finishes in several local/regional adventure races. More recently, Fletcher has been honored for his navigation skills by competing on Team USA at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships as well as several of the Adventure Race World Series events since 2011 including Raid the North Extreme and the Gold Rush Mother Lode. 2nd Place at the NAARS Championship was a highlight of his 2014 season. You can learn more about Fletcher here.
Team member since 2015 Katie is the mother of 2 young girls, physical therapist and clinic owner, race director, and endurance sports-aholic. Katie has been adventure racing since 2007 and has competed in expedition races such as Untamed New England, Florida Coast to Coast, Primal Quest, Mayan Mountain, and Goldrush Motherload. She has 50+ races under her belt and has experience lead navigating various terrains from Florida to California. Katie also is a marathon runner and triathlete to include Ironman.
From orienteering new terrain every race to the ever-changing dynamics of the team, Katie continually finds herself interested, challenged, and excited about adventure racing. Her profession as a physical therapist has allowed her to share her belief in the importance of physical health and its benefit on emotional and mental health with others.Team member since 2015
Ian HoagIan grew up skiing, sailing, running cross country and track and started training for triathlons in 1998. Inspired by the popular television show Eco Challenge he eventually began earning an income mountain biking in 2002, then making his leap into adventure racing with his wife as his first teammate in 2004.
Ryan grew up in sunny Southern California with a real thirst for adventure. Always the avid explorer, he spent his free time in the great outdoors and could always be found in the mountains nearby with his big, trademark smile. These days, he resides in Boulder, Colorado with his beautiful wife and trusty pup. As a full-time engineer at a local software company, he still finds time to fuel is passion – mountain biking, kayaking, running and enjoying every minute of it. Training hard and pushing the limits is what drew him to the sport, the challenge is what keeps him around. He started Adventure Racing in 2005 and has never looked back. After racing in several countries and on numerous teams over the past decade, Ryan is proud to be joining Team Journey Racing again in 2017. As lead navigator, he is excited to help defend Journey's reputation as one of the top teams in the nation.Team member since 2014
My adult athletic career took off in college by playing rugby for Colorado State University for four years, and serving as the team captain my last two years. Later, I move to the Bay Area and continued playing for the San Francisco Men’s Rugby Club, earning the starting position as Scrum Half in my first season. During this time, I was chosen to play on the elite under-25 select sides for both the Rocky Mountain Region and the Pacific Coast Men’s Rugby Teams. While pursuing a graduate degree from University of California, Davis, I picked up rock climbing, which I would pursue with a passion for the next seven years, climbing throughout the Sierra Mountains, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, and West Virginia. While earning a doctorate from the University of Maryland, I was introduced to mountain biking racing and quickly started placing consistently among the top finishers. After racing in the famed Canaan 24 hours during its earliest incarnation, I was hooked on endurance racing. Since 1997, I have actively pursued this type of challenge. I have finished the Leadville 100 MTB five times, all under 9hrs, with a best time of 8:01. I have also finished in the Leadville Silver Rush 50 in the top ten consistently with my top finish being 3rd place. I have raced the Cascade Cream Puff 100 on a single speed, the Brian Head Epic 100, the 24hrs of Rio in Steamboat, and have regularly finished among the top ten and/or on the podium. Along the way, to broaden my experience and maintain year-round fitness, I participate in a variety of endurance races including trail runs, snowshoe races, and skate skiing, such as the Leadville Loppet 44km race. In 2008, I entered my first adventure race and as the saying goes, the rest is history.Team member since 2014 Born in Seattle and now calling Buena Vista, CO home, adventure racer Thomas McKeen has been active in the sport for nearly a decade. He finds BV to be nearly the perfect place to live and train for all facets of adventure racing. Thomas is grateful to live among some of the most amazing mountain peaks this side of the divide, so he is no stranger to acclimatization and he feels this gives him a leg up as he travels the country racing. His back yard offers up world class whitewater rafting, hundreds of steep rock slates for rock climbing, picturesque running trails, and endless mountain biking and cycling opportunities.
Growing up Thomas spent much of his teenage years canoeing and kayaking on both flat and whitewater in central and north Georgia. After moving to California for college he was turned on to rock climbing by his eventual brother-in-law and now teammate, Dan Buehler. Nearly a decade passed before he transitioned to mountain biking, as the sport sort of caught fire around that time. This is where Thomas discovered his niche for longer races and where his willingness to suffer and his love for enduro was born. He tested his love for ultra-running on the high mountain peaks where he discovered the challenge of long endless miles of endurance, and with all the aspects of a good adventure race learned, all he needed now was an introduction...
Thomas was introduced to Adventure Xstream Race Series that puts on multi-sport races across Colorado and he decided to sign up for a 12-hour race as a solo racer in Moab, Utah. Feeling green with his anticipation having never navigated a race of this kind, his initial expectation was a potential for a “train wreck”. To his amazement he had a great race and ended up in the top 10 and hasn’t looked back since. Thomas enjoys adventure racing 3-4 times a year and feels he keeps his enduro mountain biking skills active with races like the Telluride 100 that he has raced the last couple of years.
Having raced shorter 6 hour races and many longer 100 hour races Thomas finds his AR sweet spot at 24 hour races, where he can put out nearly maximum efforts so he doesn’t run out of gas before the race ends. Seeing 50 years in the rear view mirror, Thomas feels he is living proof that one can be “pretty good” at a variety of different sporting disciplines and achieve success if one tries hard enough. Some great advice he once received and would pass along to any aspiring racer would be to always work on your weaknesses, humbling, but it works…… Learn more about me here. Team member since 2016
Melissa started out competing in swim, track, and mountain biking events and made the switch to endurance racing in 2009. She has competed in a variety of multi-sport events earning podium and top ten finishes as she traveled the United States as a travel nurse. At home again among the hero dirt and single-tack of Fruita’s high desert terrain, Melissa enjoys the delicate balance found between her passion for fitness and adventure, her family, and her professional career. Celebrating 2nd place at the NAARS Championship was a highlight of her 2016 season with Journey Racing. Melissa believes in living life to its fullest, she is an eternal optimist, strives for the positive out of the negative, and enjoys bonding and creating unforgettable memories along the way with her teammates.
|March 13 - Team Training Weekend
April 15 - Genesis AR May 6 - Team Training Weekend May 28 - Gunnison Growler June 2-4- NOMAD 2 Day AR July 22 - Never Summer AR August 10-17- Cowboy Tough World Champ September 6-15- Primal Quest September 21- USARA Championship
Septemebr 24- The Crippler Gravel GrinderHMAR St. George 72 Hour Race
Results: 2nd Overall Team Training Weekend - Fruita
Results: 2nd, 3rd & 4th place teams The Teton Ogre
Results: 3rd Place
Cowboy Tough - 4 Day Race
Results: 4th & 7th North American AR Championship
Results: 2nd Place
Big Chill 24 hour Adventure Race
Adventure Xstream 12 hour MOAB
Results: 1st Place Overall AR World Series Race:Untamed New England
Results: 2nd Place Open, 19th Overall Cameco REV3 Cowboy Tough 5 day AR
Results: 5th Place
World Rogaining ChampionshipsAdventure Xstream 12 hour Glenwood Springs
Results: 1st Place 2 Male
AXS Moab Expedition