Leah Yingling

Leah is an ultrarunner and biomedical engineer residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Most of her free time is spent making new smoothie concoctions and exploring the trails in her backyard, the Wasatch Front. Her running journey began in 9th grade, when she and her 3 sisters in 9th, 10th and 12th grade comprised over half the varsity cross country and the entire 4x800m team. After several years on the roads, she turned to ultramarathons in 2015 and mountain running in 2016, after relocating to Utah for a Ph.D. program with her fiance, Mike.
With her transition to Utah, she quickly found herself falling in love all over, with life and with the mountains. In 2017, she joined the SWAP team, coached by Megan Roche, and has since had a breakthrough 2018, taking down an 18-year old course record at a Utah classic, the Squaw Peak 50 miler (fueled exclusively by Spring Energy gels) and at the Beaverhead Endurance Run 55k in Salmon, Idaho.
She placed 1st at the Telluride Mountain Run, and followed that with a 2nd place at her debut 100-miler, the Bear 100 with the 7th fastest women's time in the race's 20-year history. She is now embracing a beautiful Utah off-season on skis before plotting her 2019 calendar, which will include an international race and a fall wedding.