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Michele Yates
Events:  Mountain/Trail/Ultra/Road Running
Height:  5'2"
Weight:  115
Born: May 13, 1982
Current Residence: Littleton, CO
Sponsors: Ultimate Direction, GU Energy, Icespike, Flora Health, Eldorado Springs Water, Zeal Optics

Career Highlights

  • Marathon 2:38:37 Rock n Roll Seattle Marathon 2009
  • Half Marathon 1:17:23 Spirit of the Marathon Columbus OH 2009
  • 10k 34:16 Salt Lake City UT 2009
  • 2x Olympic Trials Marathon Participant
  • 2nd Place National Mountain Trail Race 2011
  • 21st World Mountain Trail Championships Tirana Albania 2011
  • USA Team Member- Ultra World Championships 2013
  • 5th North American Trail Championships Vancouver BC 2012
  • 3rd Place USA Marathon Trail Championships- 2012
  • 2x National Champion and Record holder 50 Mile Trail 2012 &2013
  • National Champion 100k Trail 2013
  • National Champion and record holder 50k Trail 2013
  • Overall winner- Indiana Trail 100 17:35:18 2013
  • Female Winner- Run Rabbit Run 100 mile 20:16:54 2013
  • 3rd Place Ultra Run of Champions 100k World Championships 2013
  • 1st place North Face Endurance Challenge 50 mile


Michele is a mom, an athlete and coach. She earned her degree in Kinesiological Sciences in 2005 from UNLV. Her coaching business, Rugged Running, has produced world class athletes.

In their own words...

Running achievement I am most proud of:

Earning a positon on the World Championship teams, coaching myself to both Olympic trials, 4x National Champion at various distances, and most recently qualifying for Western States just 4 months postpartum.

Why I run:

I run because God blessed me with the ability to do so and I try not to take things for granted. It is a form of meditation, especially now that I am a mom J, and the trail running community is a great place where I want to raise my daughter. I like to feel one with nature and push through the challenges each course gives me so I can truly see what I am made of!

Future Goals:

Obtain the World and American records in the 100mile as well as other distances. Smash the Western States, Run Rabbit Run, North Face, and Comrades course records, qualify for more USA World Championship teams, as well as participate in the Olympic Trials marathon again.

Favorite Quote:

Id rather to attempt to do something great and fail, than attempt to do nothing and succeed. Robert Schuller

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