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Tailwind Inspirations

We are inspired by you.

Everyday we receive emails, a note of thanks, a post on our Facebook page or Twitter feed that reminds us why we are here, and why we do what we do. So, we thought it would be pretty awesome to highlight some of our customers who inspire us. They're not the "pros" - instead, they're your next door neighbor. You know, the one who gets up at 5am to fit in a run or ride but manages to work a full-time job, mow the lawn and fix school lunches for their kids. Someone like you and me who are passionate about their epic adventures, and don't mind a little bit of dirt under the fingernails.

Read their stories, and send us yours. You may be our next Tailwind Inspiration!

Larisa Dannis

Hometown

Mill Valley, CA

Find me at...

http://larisadannis.wordpress.com

Larisa Dannis

Tailwind Tip:

When out on a longer adventure with minimal support, I find it super helpful to carry my Tailwind in 5oz soft flasks. The flasks fit easily into a vest of pocket, and enable me to mix my Tailwind at varying concentrations depending on conditions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I began my athletic career as a hiker in New Hampshire. As my trail mileage and experience grew, I found myself filled with a desire to put together longer and more challenging routes in the mountains. The transition from hiking to running came naturally to me. I quickly learned that I could travel even faster by jogging the downhills, then the flats, and, in time, some of the uphills. Upon discovering endurance running in 2009, I suddenly found my calling.

While trail ultramarathons remain my passion and primary focus, I did unexpectedly discover a love for road marathoning in 2013. My long-term goal is to qualify for the 2016 Olympic marathon trials.

Why you’re passionate about what you do…

Running has transformed me as a person. The sport has enabled me to achieve things I never thought possible, and inspires me to be the best I can be. Most importantly, it truly brings me happiness, comfort, and balance as I juggle a hectic work, school, and training schedule. My life certainly seems crazy sometimes, but I would not want things any other way!

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Cat Morrison

Hometown

Durango, Colorado

Find me at...

girls4dirt.blogspot.com

Cat Morrison

Tailwind Tip:

I have a little Platypus container that I carry my Tailwind powder in on long races where I need to fill my bottles multiple times and this works great for me.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

My name is Cat Morrison and to my great disbelief I am turning 40 this summer. I moved to Colorado at about the age of 30. I moved to Durango a year and change ago and have been working at the hospital as an RN in Labor and Delivery. I grew up in Maryland and went to college in Vermont. Until the age of 30 I mostly lived back east and traveled to Central America, Western Europe and West Africa. My first summer in Colorado I started mountain biking, mainly by accident, after I totaled my car and my only means of transportation became my bike. Actually, I had no bike but a friend lent me his. So without many other options I started biking to work. I lived in Montezuma, an old mining town, and the elevation of my home sat around 10,500 feet. Riding to and from work was hard for me back then and people used to stop their cars to ask if I needed a ride as I made my way up the last steep pitch before I crossed under the town sign that had a torpedo hanging from it (if you’ve been there, you know what I’m talking about).

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Cory Reese

Hometown

Southern Utah

Find me at...

fastcory.com

Cory Reese

Tailwind Tip:

All the distance races I have run have locations for drop bags. Instead of packing all my Tailwind with me, I will look at drop bag locations and figure out how many calories I should have from one aid station to the next. I will then fill baggies with the amount of Tailwind I need and leave them in my drop bags. When I reach the aid station, I just empty the baggie into my hydration pack, fill with water, and I'm quickly back on the trail. It works like a charm.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

My name is Cory Reese and I live in southern Utah surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery in the world. I am a 35 year old social worker who loves to run. Speed is not my strong suit…..which is fortunate because the most fun is had toward the back of the pack!

Why you’re passionate about what you do...

What I loved when I started running marathons was the deep sense of community among runners. The excitement of the race environment was contagious and I wanted more.

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Alex Mares

Hometown

San Clemente, Ca

Find me at...

philosopherrunner.blogspot.com

Alex Mares

Tailwind Tip:

The biggest thing I've learned with tailwind is to allow it to be flexible. When the day gets super hot, I change to about 150 cal per 28 ounces rather than my regular 250 cal per 28 ounces. That way I can consume more water and stay on top of my hydration while still getting the caloric intake. Tailwind gives you so much flexibility that you're able to adjust for race conditions. You just have to trust the product.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I am 29 years old from San Clemente, Ca. I currently live in Los Angeles, Ca. I do a few different things. I am a law student, I coach athletes to run and also work doing commercial real estate auctions.

Why you’re passionate about what you do...

Running began as an exercise in anger for me. I was angry about my health and dealt with my personal demons by beating myself up on the roads. But, that anger to fuel fitness is not sustainable. Instead of staying mad I started smiling at others on the run and things changed. I began noticing that my running habit was inspiring others. Friends I had not spoken to in years would text or call to wish me well and let me know I was motivating them to get off the couch. Running was not longer this thing I did to deal with my demons, but instead a tool I used to form and cultivate deeper connections with others.

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Alex Bridgeforth

Hometown

San Diego, CA

Find me at...

addicted2running.com

Alex Bridgeforth

Tailwind Tip:

Use little ziplock bags for 2.5 servings (or whatever small amount you want). I love taking these in my handheld and using them at aid stations when I need to refill my bottles.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

24, United States Soldier, born and raised in San Diego, CA

Why you’re passionate about what you do...

There's nothing like pushing your mind, heart rate, and muscles up a hill that will never end. Coming to the top and seeing a sight that many will never get to picture. There's also the downhill, be able to let your legs go and try to tell them not to stop you from flying down the trail.

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Jen Barker

Hometown

Owensboro, KY

Find me at...

jentheginger.com

Jen Barker

Tailwind Tip:

I love the taste of the Berry Tailwind and the energy it gives me. But during longer runs, I like chewing on something occasionally. So, I pack some dates and figs. This does the trick for me and no upset stomach which used to happen if I mixed solid foods with beverage fuel.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

30 years old. I'm originally from Owensboro, KY but have called Jackson, MS, Memphis, TN and, most recently, Cambridge, MA home. I am a Southerner at heart, so while New England has been good to me (and my running), I'm excited to now call San Antonio, Texas home (will be living there beginning May 20). In coordination with my move to Texas, I am smack- dab in the middle of changing careers-leaving behind my social media management business and starting fresh in San Antonio as a health and fitness coach and working on a run-related start-up, as well.

Why you’re passionate about what you do...

It's natural. When I'm running, I can't imagine doing anything else. If everything is going great - running will make it even more amazing; and, if everything seems to be falling apart, just twenty or thirty minutes (or hours) of running makes everything seem so much better. And about ultrarunning - I'm passionate about running long for a couple of reasons - I've never been fast and the roads haven't been especially kind to me injury wise. So, when I discovered the trails and then ultra running, it didn't take too long for me to realize that I can keep going and feel great for a long time. I feel so connected to the earth, nature, other runners and the volunteers. Each ultramarathon I run is an experience that adds great richness to my life.

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Chad Cheeney

Tailwind Tip:

My tailwind tip, for a classic 2hr xc race, is to drink a bottle the morning of competition with breakfast, then one full 2 scooper for the race, and usually one full bottle after the race.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

My Name is Chad Cheeney, I am 34 and am a professional cyclist/coach/announcer/event promoter originally from Bend, Oregon.

Why you’re passionate about what you do...

I love to see children having fun and smiling. Knowing that if I charge em' up enough about how rad cycling is for a healthy lifestyle, that they will be great people in whatever community they grow into. Thus making the world a better place, and bringing cycling back to the popularity it had in the gay 1890's, when social economics was at the highest in recorded history. This I believe to be directly related to the bicycle’s use in all the socio-economic groups.

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Marcus Garcia

Hometown

Durango, CO

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Marcus Garcia

Tailwind Tip:

On my long workout days (8+hrs), I drink 2 servings the night before and drink a single serving in the morning. This has been the best preloading tip I have used to make sure my glycogen levels are up and ready for the day. During my warm up cycle I sip small amounts of Tailwind, and sometimes mixed with Emergen-C. After I am warmed up I mix up about a 4-6 serving of Tailwind in about 1.5 liter water. I will drink this during rest after climbs. I also drink just plain water.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I am an all around climber, climbing coach, adventure racer, and a construction repair business owner. I am married with a daughter and live in Durango, Colorado.

Why you’re passionate about what you do...

Climbing is the one thing that allows me to focus all of my energy and separate myself from everyday life; it has helped me live with fear and perseverance. Climbing has helped me to live and take on life.

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Shane DeMars

Hometown

Colorado

Find me at...

enduranceexperience.com

Shane DeMars

Tailwind Tip:

Try mixing some of the Naked with some of the flavors! When it’s hotter I like 2 scoops of naked to 1 scoop of Berry or Orange.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

Shane DeMars, 38, Corporate training developer, I’m not really from anywhere. I’ve lived in CT, NC, OH, GA, FL, TX, WA, CO, UT, IN, OR, and now I’m back in CO; and many of those states I lived in multiple locations.

Why you’re passionate about what you do...

Mountain biking gives me an amazing way to experience and explore the world. It fulfills my sense of adventure when I do a long route exploring new terrain. It presents challenges in endurance and skill. The right trail with banked turns, jumps and drops can make me feel like a kid swooping along on a roller coaster! Best of all it’s an incredible way to meet some amazing people who love being outside as much as I do.

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Zak Weiluns

Hometown

Friendship, Maine

Find me at...

100: Head/Heart/Feet

Zak Wieluns

Tailwind Tip:

Resist the urge to eat. Tailwind provides the right amount of calories, carbs, salt and potassium that you need and can process every hour. If you eat a lot of other sugars or carbs the cocktail in your stomach could cause some GI distress. Trust in the Tailwind!

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

At the ripe age of 34 I find myself working for TD Bank with a fancy title. I grew up in a small fishing village on the Maine coast called Friendship (yup) and left after high school for college in New Hampshire. It took 3 ½ years but I met my future wife just before graduating and she introduced me to running and it just about killed me! We moved to Slovakia where she is from and where I ran my first marathon, in wind pants and an old sweatshirt, coming in dead last in just over 5 hours. We both went on to get our Master’s degrees in the Netherlands and Poland respectively and started our careers in Slovakia. Upon returning to the US in 2008 I signed up for my first 50k and it has been a fantastic running journey since.

Why you’re passionate about what you do...

I love standing at the top of a mountain and knowing that my legs got me there and at the same time I enjoy how humbling being in the beauty of the outdoors is, I enjoy challenging the limits of my mind and body, I love that our community off runners are fantastically supportive and slightly crazy, just like me.

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Billy Packard

Hometown

Manchester, CT

Billy Packard

Tailwind Tip:

Use it consistently during your training, find your perfect dilution for your given weather and pace and stick with it, you will be amazed at how much better you will be !

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I am 55 years old, I am a mechanic working on regular passenger vehicles to building drag racing cars and restoring vintage cars. I am also a photographer with BFA in Fine Art Photography from ASU. I am also a race car driver in the NHRA Super Gas division. I am from Manchester Ct, grew up there and started moving west in 1982.

Why you’re passionate about what you do...

I love cycling because it is still new to me, 2 years now, and I can compete at a high level with the worlds best. After being an elite distance runner for 30 years I felt I had accomplished all I wanted and was fairly burned out but cycling has brought back the intense fire and hunger .. I love to learn and compete, ultra distance cycling is perfect for my personality and strengths.

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