#TrailsRoc Ambassadors

#TrailsRoc is an organization dedicated to the growth of trails and trail running in the greater Rochester, NY area. It is with this goal in mind that we ran the #TrailsRoc Ambassador Program from 2014 to 2019.   

Every winter we awarded $500.00 to runners who we believed would represent us well. We asked them to have a big goal race in mind and we would help make that happen. We supported them financially, with training, and with encouragement and energy.

In return they wore our shirt at the event they trained for and wrote us a post race recap.  In addition to that we asked them to share their stories with our community and with the world.

The ambassador program has produced many great stories, here are a few.


Prem Kumar: Race Across Haiti (his event blog, video recap) RiO before event

Scott Parr: War Hammer 100 (June 8th 2019) RiO before race News Article East Coast Podcast


Todd Beverly: Carl Touchstone Memorial Mississippi Trail 50 (Mar 3, 2018)

Laura Rekkerth: Antelope Island Buffalo Run (Mar 23, 2018) (RiO interview before race)

Nathan Stephens: Empire State Triad  (pre-race report) (post-race report)

Erica Mead: The Bad Thing (RiO interview after race) (Oct 20, 2018)

Rob Hannan: Trapp Lodge Mountain Marathon (Oct 13, 2018)


Jaime Hobbs: Massanutten Mountain 100 Miler

Jen Popen: Mendon 50k

Laura Howard: Many on the Genny


Mike Welden: Cayuga 50k

Chris O’Brien: Cayuga 50k

Dylan Jennings: Javelina Jundred

Gary Steeves: 0SPF


Dan Lopata: Massanutten Mountain 100 Miler and RiO Interview on his quest for MMT

Danielle Snyder:  Squamish 50k

Michael Ryan: Dances with Dirt – Hell


Pete Lacey: Sehgahunda

Heather McClendon: