Kelly discovered the sport of trail running in 2015 after returning to the States from a 2 month rock climbing adventure in Europe, looking for something new to refresh from the trip. Trail Running soon meant Ultra Running for her and she was hooked, amazed that she could explore so much of a landscape in single efforts. This became her new favorite means to explore the world, particularly being attracted to SkyRunning which involves scrambling and much vertical ascent, blending her climbing background and a new love for running together perfectly.
Kelly immediately threw herself into high profile ultras immediately and rose to the challenges of distance and elite competition. Her top performances include 1st place finishes and course records at the US Skyrunner Series Ultras Broken Arrow 52K and Flagstaff Sky 55K, two 2nd place finishes at Speedgoat 50K, 5th at UTMB’s CCC 100K, and 9th at 2017’s highly competitive North Face 50 Mile Trail Championships.
Headed into 2018 as her 3rd year of racing in the sport, running for Under Armour, she is excited to tackle more international ultras, test her speed in the Grand Canyon, and continue to explore her backyard San Juan Mountains, based out of Telluride, Colorado at 8750 feet.
Kelly fuels her adventures, training, and recovery with a plant-based, whole foods diet, certain that optimal nutrition is required for optimal performance. In alignment with this belief, she is ecstatic to fuel with Spring Energy.