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AJ Alan Johnson
Josh “The Animal” Dennis
Josh is the founder of The Animal Camp.
Don’t be confused, he’s not smoking a hookah in this picture. Current record holder for the Last Great Race. This picture is of Joe at the finish line tent of the 2008 Leadville 100 taken by a buddy, Peter Bawkin (who did a double Hardrock two years ago). Joe flew in Friday, got to Leadville Friday night, ran Saturday, and red-eyed back home on Sunday. Blood-oxygen was 78% at the finish. The doc didn’t like that and told him to lay down and get some oxygen. It was heaven!
“Crazy Phil” Rosenstein
The above article about sums up Phil’s approach to ultra running. After Phil recovered from the incident above, he had a revelation- he decided to run across the country, unsupported, pushing all of his supplies in a baby jogger. Click Here for the news story on Phil’s 3300 mile trek.
Johnny “Phenom” Dennis
First official trail race was the Mohican 100. ‘Nuff said. A few years later he followed that up with a 15:21 at the NJ 100, 17:49 at Oil Creek 100, and a blazing 14:07 (for the overall win) at the Umstead 100. John recently completed the McNaughton 200 (Vermont).
Dan “Subpro” Rosenberg
Do you read the Philly Inquirer? Dan started running Ultra Marathons in 2008. In the past three years he has run six 100-mile Ultras, including two finishes at the Massanutten Mountain 100 and the Grindstone 100.
Frank “The Tank” Gousman
Frank is a 56 year old resident of New Jersey and has been running competitively since 1992. His first Ultra was in 2004 and he has completed five 100-mile races.
Steve “Powder” Wehrle
Steve thinks a relaxing vacation is hiking the Long Trail alone and unsupported. Actually, that does sound relaxing.
AJ “AJinator” Johnson
A cardiologist once told AJ that his running days were over due to what the doctor believed to be a heart defect (incorrect diagnosis). AJ replied, “Listen doc, I have a 50-mile race in two weeks- if I die, you’re right, if I live, I’m right. Either way, you’ve lost a patient.”
Tim “Hydration” Ellis
Hey? Is that a Pale Ale in your hydration belt? Still not over the cancellation of the Jay Mountain Marathon. Therapy, in the form of running a 100-miler, is working, though. When he is not running a 100-miler, you will likely find him crewing another TAC member at one. Tim is the de facto Crew Chief and has brought many TAC members home to a successful finish.
George “Superman” Reeves
George thinks Ironmans are fun and figured a Double Ironman would be even funner. He thought it was, so now he is training for a Triple Ironman and running 100-mile Ultra Marathons as training.
Already a legend in the running world, Laura joined The Animal Camp in 2010 as its first female member. She has run hundreds of races all over the world, including seven finishes at the Western States 100 (and finishing three of those seven in the top 10). Laura also enjoys road races. For example, a few years ago she ran the London Marathon, then jumped on a plane and flew to Boston, woke up the next day, and ran a Double Boston Marathon (she ran from the finish to the start, and then joined the field at the starting line to run the official race).
Marge “Mad Dog” Ascari
Marge ran her first Ultra Marathon in 2007 and has been running trails ever since. She has run 18 Ultras, including three 100-milers. Marge is now training for her first 200-miler, at the McNaughton 200 in May. A little known fact about Marge is that she is formally trained and competed in full contact Muay Thai and stick fighting.
Sandi “The Fierce One” Nypaver
Sandi’s first 100-miler was the Mohican 100 and she won 1st place female. She followed that up four months later with the Grindstone 100, one of the toughest 100-milers around. Once again, she won 1st place female and also won the coveted Best Blood award (above right). She truly is The Fierce One.
Rachel “The Believer” Nypaver
Rachel started trail running and Ultra running in 2010, finishing the year off with a first place female win at the Oil Creek 100 (above right, dealing with post race medical issues while waiting for the ambulance). Every year, she and her sister run 270 miles across Ohio to raise money for charity and inspire people to believe in reaching their dreams.
We are proud to have Steve as a member of The Animal Camp. He battled the epic conditions at the TAC100 in Feb 2011, his first 100 miler. Torrential rain, 40-60MPH headwinds, blowing sand, thunder & lightning, and sub-freezing temps for 100 miles. This just two months after his first 50K!
Jake has been running Ultra Marathons since 2007 and recently completed his first 100-mile race at McNaughton in Vermont. As you can see from his feet, Jake has an unusually high pain tolerance. After developing those blisters at mile 40 of the Mohican 100, Jake ran 40 more miles before he was no longer able to walk.
Lou is passionate about rugged, gritty endurance. Whether it is trail running on technical single track, road racing, biking or swimming, he loves the relentless long run. Lou’s first 100 miler was Virgil Crest 100 held in the Finger Lakes region of New York where he finished in the top 10 after 19,000 feet of muddy elevation gain. He also enjoys Iron distance triathlons and all things nature.
TAC member Brian J has an attraction to the “Heaven and Hell” of ultra running- At the Running With The Devil 50M in Las Vegas, the hellish 112 degree temps required an ambulance for his heat stroke. The next time on the same course for The Running From An Angel 50M, a higher power watched over him, where he blazed a PR of 7:40! Brian’s favorite local ultra is July’s 20in24, where he’s run every year since it’s inception.
David “Sniper” Snipes
David has been running ultras since 2001 and has amassed over 230+ finishes, including forty 100-mile runs. In a monumental 2011, he completed the Last Great Race, added four more 100’s, and then completed the Beast Series just for fun. He has a knack for remembering courses and helping runners with strategy for races.
“Zombie” Mark Leuner
Mark’s passion is running trails on technical terrain, in either brutal heat and humidity, or in waist deep snow. One of his unique talents is the ability to run, mostly forward, while asleep on his feet. Find out more of Mark’s ultra adventures on his blog Zombie Mark and his short ultrarunning movie clips.
Nick “The Storm Trooper” Bautista
He eats ultra distance for breakfast. 100 milers? Sure. 500 miles? Bring it on. A Badwater solo? Barkley? Yes, please.
Q: What does he keep in that contraption he wears? A: Everything, but the kitchen sink. Well, maybe that too.
Carrie loves the mental challenges of Long endurance events- The harder the better! Just days before her first 100 miler when a friend mentioned, “You know there is a pretty good chance you aren’t going to complete this”, Carrie confidently replied, “Dude – Just Watch Me!”.
Chris tried trail running for the first time in January 2012 and was quickly hooked on ultra running on trails. He soon finished his first 50-miler at Labor Pains and dove right into 100 miles at Oil Creek, getting his first buckle. Chris loves the mental and physical challenge of the ultra marathon and the grit and tenacity needed to get to the finish line. Chris’s ultra training is frequently supplemented with lots of hockey, alcohol and food trucks; meaning that he’ll likely never finish in the top 10, but he’s going to enjoy his time training and getting to the finish.
“And though she be but little, She is Fierce.” -William Shakespeare
Gary “G-Funk” Peterson
“I love to run. I love to be in the woods. I absolutely love the ultra life style and want to participate in it any way that I can; whether that is training, racing, crewing, pacing or just helping out at races, it’s all good. Everyone wins in ultra-running.”
Dan, a many year friend of TAC, is an avid trail runner, beer aficionado, and death metal fan. He is always out to crew, pace, and race with the team at endurance events. This year he finished his first 100 miler, The Umstead 100.
Jason “Country Mac” Dunsavage
AT THE ANIMAL CAMP, THERE IS ALSO ALWAYS ROOM FOR RUNNERS LOOKING TO TRAIN HARD, GET IN GREAT SHAPE AND HAVE A TON OF FUN WHILE DOING BOTH. WE CALL THESE FOLKS THE ANIMAL CAMP CREW.