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Sam's Bio

Hailing from the Methow Valley, Sam started endurance training for cross-country skiing shortly after learning to walk. His passion of the sport took him to Dartmouth College where he raced all four years before returning to the Methow to race on the national and international professional circuit. After retiring from racing in 2014, he spent two years leading a junior Nordic ski racing team in Seattle before joining Alison full-time with Cascade Endurance.

Sam transfers his deep understanding of endurance and strength training to his coaching of runners, backcountry skiers and other mountain athletes. His clients notice performance improvements by developing a strength reserve that translates to greater economy and efficiency, especially on mountain terrain. In his off time, he applies his experience to race mountain trails in both the winter and summer, and pursues all manners of mountain activity, most happily alongside his family and friends overlooking some epic North Cascades vista. While he is currently not taking on new clients, he can be reached at sam@cascadeendurance.com. 

Alison's Bio

Growing up amid the wheat fields of eastern Oregon, Alison has always been drawn to open spaces. She spent college under the big skies of Montana where she rock climbed, backpacked, and eventually combined the two for big adventure-filled days before finding her true love in trail running. She ran her first trail race in 2000, first 50k in 2003, and has been hooked on long mountain days ever since, exploring wild places and challenging her body and mind.

Her comprehensive coaching approach addresses each aspect of her athletes' training: strength and aerobic fitness, speed, injury prevention, running economy and form, event specific planning, and mental preparation. Her professional background as a massage therapist gives her a deep understanding of the way we move and function, which informs her athletes' individualized workouts. When not coaching, she runs her business Methow Massage Therapy and frolicks and competes in 5k-100 mile races in her backyard North Cascades and across the mountains of the west.

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