“I played traditional sports growing up and running was always a punishment. Then, about 5 years ago, I saw my wife come through the finish line at her first half marathon and said, ‘That looks like fun.’ I ran my first half marathon the next month, my first marathon a year later, and my first 50k a year after that. Since then I have found a real passion for running long miles in the trails of Bend, Oregon.”
In a period of only five years, Rick Stilson has achieved an incredible portfolio. He won the 2016 NW Mountain Trail Series, the 2016 Mt Hood 50, the 2016 Peterson Ridge Rumble 40-miler, and the 2015 Flagline 50k, with top finishes in the 2015 Peterson Ridge Rumble, the 2016 Smith Rock Ascent 50k, the Volcanic 50k, and the 2016 Flagline 50k. But this has in no way affected Rick’s priorities.
“Throughout the years, I have learned that everything I do pales in comparison to my greatest achievement…my family - my wife and 4 kids.”