Keira Henninger, 36 and mom of one, lives and runs in Capistrano, Calif. This BAMR is a self-employed race director and nutrition coach--she's behind five different trail races throughout southern California--who also is a passionate and accomplished ultra runner (a recent tweet from Keira: "U know U R an ultra runner in 100 mile training mode when ya randomly pull a small baggie of salt stick outta your jeans & cashier stares.... ")
Best recent run: 38-mile training run here on my local Laguna Beach Trails with my man and rock star ultra runner Jesse Haynes!
Ultra competitor: I ran as a little girl and teenager to escape my horrific childhood. From there I never stopped. I ran my first marathon many years ago, and as soon as I started running on trails in 2004, I simply wanted to go longer. Eventually I ran my first ultra in 2006, and then after awhile started doing well at races. I now compete in the sport year round, and I love it!
Trail-blazer: I operate five races: the Leona Divide/Montrail 50 mile and 50K ultra, Ray Miller 50 mile/50K Ultra, Leona Valley Trail Races, Griffith Park Trail Half-Marathon, Griffith Park Trail 10K, and the Paramount Ranch Trail 10K and Trail Half-Marathon. All of these races are ran 100 percent on trails, and they are extremely well-organized, top-notch events. I have incredibly high standards, and am a perfectionist on organizing the best trail races in the sport.
Favorite running gear: My INKnBURN performance denim shorts.
Best running advice ever received: To keep it moving, and hike like you mean it. I learned this from two of my mentors in the sport of ultra-running: Tom Neilson and Scott Mills. They taught me how to crush the technical downhills, and summit big mountains by fast power hiking. You simply cannot run up 9,000-foot peaks during a 100-mile race. It saves your legs, and helps to keep from dying later in a long race.