The Athletes

  • Jonathan Adams

    Why I Took the Pledge

    11905770_10153020027580848_5272534795437240372_nBecause we amateur amateurs are trying to beat to beat the cut off times and survive to the finish doing the best we can with what training and our inheritance have given us.

  • John Andersen

    John AndersenWhy I took the pledge:
    Lining up on race day, what separates us at the end is talent and hard work. Drugs have no place in that, they cheat the sport, they cheat the other competitors, and they ultimately cheat the user. Lets keep trail running DIFFERENT!

  • Michelle Andersen

    Credit: Natalie Krovetz
    Credit: Natalie Krovetz

    Why I took the pledge:
    There are no shortcuts in life. Trail running exemplifies this in my life. Hard, honest work to achieve a goal and experiencing the sense of gratitude and fulfillment when it has been accomplished. Running in the mountains is my sanctuary…please keep it a #cleansport.

  • Xavi Areny

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Ismf
    Photo Credit: Ismf

    The training and competition it’s a work very hard, it’s very important for me, the athletes are clean… For a continue working motivated
    Thanks

  • Josep Armadàs

    Why I Took the Pledge

    El deporte solo puede ser límpio, si no no és deporte.

  • Conchi Arrebola

    Photo: sportograf
    Photo: sportograf

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Por un deporte limpio, en el que la base por conseguir los éxitos, sea el trabajo duro, la superación, mucho sacrificio y sobre todo pasión por lo que se hace. Así se consiguen los sueños y los retos.

  • Morgan Arritola

    Why I Took the Pledge:

    Photo Credit: Joe Vigil
    Photo Credit: Joe Vigil

    Honesty and hard work are two things I don’t take lightly. I have competed in endurance sports for a long time and I have seen “cheaters” win, get busted, come back, etc.

    I could not imagine standing on the starting line or the podium knowing that I got there via ill-gotten gains. Clean sport is the only way to play in my book and while I realize there will never be 100% clean sport we have to start somewhere so we can change the testing policies and mind-sets of athletes and coaches.

  • Jesús Avilés Martínez

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Paso del caballo
    Photo Credit: Paso del caballo

    #DopingIsForLosers

  • Colin Bailey

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo: Ron Heerkens Jr. – The Ascend Collective
    Photo: Ron Heerkens Jr. – The Ascend Collective

    No matter if you’re in the front, middle, or back of the pack. Whether you’re fighting for first place, top 10, under 50th, 100th, 150th, or whatever, we all have goals. It means something to each and every one, and we work hard for it. We train hard for it. We don’t take shortcuts.
    Someone who dopes, cheats, and by cheating shows disrespect to us and our training. It’s not intentionally a personal attack, but when they stand next to us in a race that is exactly what it is. There is no room for it in any aspect of our lives.

  • Sarah Bard

    Photo Credit: Scott Mason Photography
    Photo Credit: Scott Mason Photography

    Why I took the pledge:

    It feels incredible to compete, to do well, to feel and witness my physical limits, to see how I can push my body, and where it pushes back.

    I race because it’s fun and inspiring to get out there with friendly competitors and to see where we can push each other.

    Using performance enhancing drugs is misleading not only about that particular athlete’s body and performance, but it misleads us in our own endeavors. It also diminishes the pride one feels both at winning and feeling strong, and falling apart and touching the limits of our strength, endurance, and current abilities.

    I want a clean sport because that’s what sport is about. Sport isn’t about survival, it’s about challenging ourselves and each other. It’s about having fun (even if it sometimes feels like a painful way to have fun!).

  • Jen Benna

    Credit: JB Benna/JourneyFilm
    Credit: JB Benna/JourneyFilm

    Why I took the pledge:
    Being the best runner I can be means respecting my body and honoring the mountains, traditions and my own ethics, as well as being a role model to my children. I compete to find out who I am, not to find out how cheating makes someone faster. Remember what your momma told you- honesty is the best policy.

  • Peter Bernal

    13620933_10209911857491323_8077183269789919648_nWhy I took the Pledge

    Soy de las personas me enseñaron desde pequeño en mi hogar que las cosas se ganan de manera limpia y honradamente, es el premio mas grande que tiene cualquier deportistas que lo que gana lo hace por esfuerzo y merito propio, que trabajo duro para ello, porque toda aquella persona que recurre a sustancia para ganar no le ganan a nadie lo único que logran es engañarse a ellos mismo, desde Venezuela un cordial y felicitarlos por esta campaña y que los apoyamos al 100% en Trail Venezolano , saludos.

  • Franco Biancofiore

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: edogiacco
    Photo Credit: edogiacco

    In our society as in our sport is important to value the people who work in a consistent and clean.
    No Doping.
    Train Clean.

  • Zach Bitter

    Photo Credit: Andrew Neugbaur
    Photo Credit: Andrew Neugbaur

    Why I took the Pledge

    I want to test how far my body will take me; not how far my body plus drugs will take me.

  • Dan Bleakman

    dan bleakmanWhy I took the pledge:
    I own and operate Ultra168, taking a strong view and interest in PEDs in our sport. We have a massive opportunity to shape the way we wish our sport to develop and not follows in the paths of other sports that have made dreadful mistakes. The ethos of trail and ultra running gives me hope that we can shape a positive future for our sport, one that doesn’t succumb to PEDs.

  • Caroline Boller

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Michigan Bluff Photography
    Photo Credit: Michigan Bluff Photography

    I believe in a #cleansport because I believe in myself. What a beautiful gift it is to engage in the process of self-discovery, peeling back the layers to gradually uncover the depths of one’s ability. Cheaters not only rob themselves of this process, but they rob others too by holding them to an artificially high standard.

  • Magdalena Boulet

    Photo Credit: Chad Reilly
    Photo Credit: Chad Reilly

    Why I took the pledge:
    From the beginning, running was a way for me to test the limits of my own endurance. I also love competition. I thrive off of it. But in order for competition to be meaningful for me, I believe that it’s important for that competition to be fair, and for the playing field to be level. I compete clean because I love to test myself against courses and against other competitors who train and compete clean. I want to be a shining example for those who come after me…whether it’s an athlete in high school or college right now, or my 10 year old son who may someday decide to run competatively. I want to show them that you can achieve great results with hard work. I want them to love the sport because of it’s beauty and simplicity, and know that the journey is just as important as the destination.

  • Dylan Bowman

    Photo Credit: The North Face
    Photo Credit: The North Face

    Why I took the pledge:
    Out of respect for my competitors, the sport and myself.

  • Peter Broomhall

    Credit: Peter McKenna
    Credit: Peter McKenna

    Why I took the pledge:
    I am avid mountain ultra runner who desires to challenge myself mentally and physically. Being clean is the only way to do that otherwise I am just cheating myself and my community. I hope to see this community form a strong backbone to build a proper organization to make a clean sport a reality. I am the assistant RD for the canyons endurance runs as well. We have committed to a clean sport by agreeing to follow wada rules and regulations also!!!

  • John Buckley

    John BuckleyWhy I took the pledge:
    Running is a fundamental part of human existence, for me it’s an essential part of my being. Our sport is based on moving naturally over our land and pushing our bodies to where they haven’t gone. What makes our sport is human effort pitched against mountains, trails and distance, using only the resources we have been gifted. PEDs aren’t a gift, they turn our sport into a cesspit focused on manufactured ‘glory’, not the boundaries of human existence. Those who use PEDs face fundamental psycho-social challenges that trail running is not about. Please stay away from our sport and those considering, think back to the Rift Valley when we first evolved and started to move, running is naturally what we’re supposed to do.

  • Jack Speedy Burro

    jack_speedy_burroWhy I took the pledge:
    The only performance enhancing thing I believe in is hay.

  • Domin Cabradilla

    Why I took the pledge:

    Being a Clean Sport in an aspect of any activity is the way to go! It lifts your spirit and inspires people to do the same!!!image

  • Andrea Callera

    Why I Took the Pledge

    image (3)It is Important.

  • Maria Dolores Campos Iniesta

    Why I Took the Pledge

    fb_img_1450463429439Por un juego limpio y propio en toda disciplina deportiva.

  • Sage Canaday

    Why I took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Sandi Nypaver
    Photo Credit: Sandi Nypaver

    I think it is inspiring to see what the human body can achieve naturally!

    It’s about “Respecting The Game” and celebrating the process of improving oneself, setting goals and accomplishing them through honest means with a dose of self-discipline, perseverance and integrity.

    Finally, I think future generations of runners can benefit from being shown what can be achieved through plain ol’ hard work! We want to help insure that athletes at all levels and all ages aren’t tempted into using PEDs to take “short-cuts” that are also ultimately harmful to their long-term health.

  • Sky Canaves

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Nate Dunn
    Photo Credit: Nate Dunn

    Because our bodies are capable of little miracles on their own, and our sport is about creating a community that celebrates, cherishes, and nurtures them. When I look back at my life in running, I want to know that it was lived naturally, legally, and ethically, that my best efforts came from within, and that I gave it all I had from the inside.

  • Filippo Canetta

    Why I Took the Pledge

    10384204_628007950647148_5684593198931777091_nOur sport is relatively new and I want to keep it clean and natural.

  • Sergi Casabella Sin

    Why I Took the Pledge

    imageThe mountain is part of my life, and I think that people who enjoy competition deserve to be equally treated in doping terms. Also, i think that training is the best and safest way to become a good athlete, not by taking any kind of forbidden and dangerous substances.

  • Aykut Celikbas

    Credit: Sparta Photography Club
    Credit: Sparta Photography Club

    Why I took the pledge:
    Running has made me appreciate the value of commitment, determination and hard work which I learned to apply to other areas of life. The only way one can truly understand these values is by being clean. In this sport you sometimes succeed and sometimes fail. Either way, if you’re clean you learn a lot about yourself. In the end, it’s all about respecting the others, the sport and mostly yourself.

  • Renaud Chapellier

    Why I Took the Pledge

    traversée-ourtheI’m running to get good time, not a good time; to be outside; to see animals; to smell trees. Taking drugs when there is no real other judge than yourself? Better cutting down of sugar and losing some weight.

  • Hannah Collingridge

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Joolze Dymond
    Photo Credit: Joolze Dymond

    Let’s do what we can for a better sport, and therefore a better world. As we all know, one step at a time leads us on a great journey.

  • Ellie Courts

    Photo Credit: Cape Sport Photo.co.za
    Photo Credit: Cape Sport Photo.co.za

    Why I took the pledge:
    It is important to be a advocate for what you believe in. Trail running is a sport that I love. I am committed to giving my best and being a role model for generations to come. Enjoying nature naturally.

  • Martin Cox

    Credit: Martin Cox
    Credit: Martin Cox

    Why I took the pledge:
    I see this is the first step in forcing those ‘in charge’ of mountain sport (e.g. the ISF) to wake up and take the issue of doping seriously.

  • Christian Dahlhausen

    Christian DahlhausenWhy I took the pledge:
    It’s important to stay clean and see how you can go beyond your limits with pure training

  • Maria Dalzot

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Tad Davis
    Photo Credit: Tad Davis

    What I love about the trail running community is the camaraderie, the support and the passion that is shared among racers. It doesn’t matter if you come in first place or last place, we are all out there doing what we love, trying to be the best we can be, overcoming personal obstacles and striving to achieve goals. To me trail running is sacred and I want to protect it from being anything but.

  • Larisa Dannis

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    “The strongest thing that any human being has going is their own integrity and their own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need in order to be able to stand up for what you believe in and deliver what’s really inside, it’s just not going to be there.” – Herbie Hancock

  • Joe Dean

    Photo Credit: Braden Call Photography
    Photo Credit: Braden Call Photography

    Why I took the pledge:
    I love this sports for many reasons, one of which is to see what my body and mind are capable of. Competing naturally and clean is the only way to gain a clear understanding of what I am able to do and to remain truly connected with myself.

  • Ronnie Delzer

    ronnie_delzerWhy I took the pledge:
    We all have an obligation to do our part in keeping ourselves and the sport clean. I’m not interested in banned or unsafe substances, and want to reach my full potential by my own hard work. I use Klean Athlete supplements everyday which are tested and certified by the NSF Certified for Sport.

  • Isaac Diaz Chacon

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: KV Puig Campana-Finestrat
    Photo Credit: KV Puig Campana-Finestrat

    Because we love sport, we love mountains, we love run…. we are fans of every trail runners we enjoy this sport having the same chances running clean and get dirty at mountains

  • Yassine Diboun

    Credit: Meghan Hicks
    Credit: Meghan Hicks

    Why I took the pledge:
    So much of running is about commitment, discipline, and integrity—-not taking the short cut. I am 100% behind promoting a clean sport, and I appreciate everyone who put together this pledge. #RespectTheSport #KeepItClean

  • Kim Dobson

    Photo Credit: Jesse Sommer
    Photo Credit: Jesse Sommer

    Why I took the pledge:
    Running is a passion that helps me be the best person I can be. Being a clean athlete shows respect to myself, to fellow runners, and to the sport. Honesty and integrity are more important than any race result imaginable.

  • Carlos Domingo Dilmer

    Why I Took the Pledge

    dscf0155_400_300Just for one reason, the mountain is the only natural place where everyone can demonstrate his physical skill, so all runners must fight again the mountains in same conditions.

  • David Donate

    Why I Took the Pledge

    imageBecause equality and cleanliness in sport should be the highest of any athlete, is the level that is

  • Greg Doran

    img_20141227_082656571_hdrWhy I Took the Pledge

    Nothing is worth cheating for!

  • Telmo Dourado

    Why I Took the Pledge

    transvulcaniaYou do sport because you love it. It’s emotional. The very best way to feel the sense of joy. It’s not a performance goal. It’s pure life.

    Can’t imagine why should anybody have a different chance.

  • Ben Duffus

    Credit: Aurora Images
    Credit: Aurora Images

    Why I took the pledge:
    If I ever find myself in the situation that my desire to win has driven me to cheat, then I want someone to help me by removing the temptation of competition.

  • Kasie Enman

    Photo Credit: Joe Viger
    Photo Credit: Joe Viger

    Why I took the pledge:
    I love running for the the exact same reasons I support clean sport – I love using my body in a way that feels natural, in a way that is pure and simple. As a mom, I want my children to enter a world where honesty, a healthy lifestyle, and filling their body with fresh air and enjoyment of the sport they choose are the focus.

  • Brandy Erholtz

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Tad Davis
    Photo Credit: Tad Davis

    It’s the only way to run and win.

  • Traci Falbo

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Mike Falbo
    Photo Credit: Mike Falbo

    PED’s are wrong on so many levels. There is no grey area. #RunClean.

  • Jason Farr

    jason_farrWhy I took the pledge:
    Integrity. I want to know that any of my accomplishments are a result of honest, hard work.

  • Gilda Fathi

    Gilda FathiWhy I took the pledge:
    Trail running is about returning to the place we belong. Its primitive, pure and simple. If the idea of the ego and money is more important that the exhilaration of trail running, its probably the not the right place for you. There are easier ways to find fame and fortune. Let’s leave this last remaining refuge clean.

  • Francesc Fernández

    Why I Took the Pledge

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxFor my children.

  • Oscar Fernández Hernández

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Javier Tomás Velasco
    Photo Credit: Javier Tomás Velasco

    Porque el deporte de montaña tiene unos valores que han perdido otros deportes como el atletismo, el futbol o el ciclismo en los que el dinero ha pasado a ser lo más importante.

  • Josh Fields

    Credit: Matt Baldelli
    Credit: Matt Baldelli

    Why I took the pledge:
    I believe in the purity of sport, and the purity of the woods and mountains. I started running to clean up my life, body and soul, and drugs would jeopardize this new life. Trail running is primarily a meditation for me, and I have no intention of clouding that.

  • Matt Flaherty

    Credit: Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile
    Credit: Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile

    Why I took the pledge:
    Competitive running is about testing yourself—against the clock, nature, and your peers. Any form of cheating, including doping, robs others and yourself of this opportunity and undermines everything the sport represents. Drug testing is an important and valuable part of #cleansport, and I fully support this pledge to effectively extend existing anti-doping controls to lifetime bans on competitive running. Moreover, I hope that taking this pledge (along with many other athletes) can help to change the culture of the sport, ideally eradicating drug use and preventing doping from spreading into mountain, ultra, and trail running.

  • Kristina Folcik

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Philbrick Photography
    Photo Credit: Philbrick Photography

    I’m an honest person and an honest athlete. I train smart and believe that good food, plenty of sleep and sticking with a training schedule is all you need to be the best athlete you can be. I want to be a good role model for the sport of running and feel that using performance enhancing drugs should not be tolerated or welcome in this sport. I feel strongly about everyone staying true to themselves and staying clean. I pledge to always run clean/drug free and always run happy! Let’s work together to keep trail running honest!

  • Emelie Forsberg

    Photo Credit: Clif Bar
    Photo Credit: Clif Bar

    Why I Took the Pledge
    We love our sport in the mountains, and we love to push ourselves in a pure way. I can´t hardly believe that there are cheaters. And that sucks for everyone. For the one you compete against, for younger people. There is not other way than a clean sport.

    I’m proud to be in WADA and tested regularly.

     

  • Jason Friedman

    jason_friendmanWhy I took the pledge:
    What DBo said…

  • Alfonso Garcia

    Why I took the pledge:
    Clean sport is the basis of our sport.
    We are all equal, we all must compete on equal terms.

  • Azara Garcia de los Salmones

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: fotorunner.es
    Photo Credit: fotorunner.es

    Por un deporte limpio,donde lo conseguido sea resultado de un gran trabajo,sacrifico,disciplina y sobre todo pasion,lejos de trampas,lleno de ilusiones y sueños.
    Donde las generaciones futuras puedan sentirse identificados y se les enseñe unos buenos valores y respeto hacia las personas y el deporte.

  • Bill Gentry

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Tom Sperduto
    Photo Credit: Tom Sperduto

    This is the right and just thing to do.

  • Ryan Ghelfi

    Photo Credit: Nike Running
    Photo Credit: Nike Running

    Why I took the pledge:
    I am committed to a clean sport because first and foremost I believe in being honest with myself. Anything that I may accomplish in this sport would be a complete waste of time if I was not a clean athlete. I am glad so many others share those personal values.

  • Eugeni Gil

    Why I Took the Pledge

    10250216_10205729348013947_5676397149407350139_nIt is the most fair thing to do. Effort and talent should be the only thing that separates the first from the second. Drugs change the real outcome of every race. Drugs change the meaning of this sport.

  • Nicola Giovanelli

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Leadville Marathon
    Photo Credit: Leadville Marathon

    Fairplay!!!

  • Cemil Gökçe

    Why I Took the Pledge

    image (2)Clean runner, honest runner.

  • Lauren Graham

    13394019_1059675654102308_8530815083648236393_nWhy I Took the Pledge

    Doping is no better than being a junkie on the streets; same deceitfulness, same unending drive to get what you want, same selfishness, none of which has a place in a sport that is about displaying your NATURAL talent. The only performance enhancement that is allowed is that which you reap from consistently training your body. Your genetics are what they are, and no synthetic substance can fix them for you. You do the best that YOU can, and if it also happens to be better than everyone else’s best, then you win! If not, so be it. There is always next time. The goal is not (or at least it oughtn’t be) to win at all costs; rather, be better than you were before.

  • Ellie Greenwood

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Jay Klassen
    Photo Credit: Jay Klassen

    Running is about discovering your physical and mental limits through the hard graft of month on month, year on year, dedicated training. It’s about commitment, hard work and respect for the sport, your fellow athletes and yourself. Cheating, by taking PEDs, shows a total disrespect for everything that trail and ultra running stands for, it’s only by every athlete competing clean that our sport will flourish.

  • Maggie Guterl

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer
    Photo Credit: Myke Hermsmeyer

    I want to see trail running and the ultra community be a haven for the die-hard, nature-loving athletes who make this sport unique. I don’t want to see it divided by money and cheating.

  • Simon Gutierrez

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Tim Bergsten/Pikes Peak Sports
    Photo Credit: Tim Bergsten/Pikes Peak Sports

    Trail/ Mountain runners perform amazing feats. They tend to be involved in their communities in some positive aspect. As the public and future generations look at our sport, I hope that it is done with admiration and not skepticism. The clean athlete truly understands what it truly takes to succeed and to sometimes fail. Overall, I want to be proud of my accomplishments, be awed by my peers successes. Sending a clear message to our youth , that one can be successful , the good old fashion way. Dedication , commitment and a genuine love for the sport.

  • Kevin Hadfield

    Why I took the pledge:
    For me, racing is all about personal challenge and pitting my best effort against the field. Doping is just a weak cop out. This is trail running, not the science fair.

  • Camille Herron

    Photo Credit: Meijco van Velzen
    Photo Credit: Meijco van Velzen

    Why I Took the Pledge

    I’ve had the misfortune of being directly cheated by dopers, including finishing off the podium (11th) at my first ultra due to a doped Russian (ultimately moved up to 10th). It was a huge disappointment and lifetime low. I don’t wish anyone to experience the pain, disgust, and heartbreak I’ve felt from being cheated like this– and most importantly losing out on lifetime moments, which I can never have back. Having been in USADA’s out-of-competition testing pool, we’re educated to be responsible for ‘everything’ that goes into our body. I’m very conscientious of everything I consume, esp. traveling internationally (even food/meat and water are concerns!). I want to be a legend and leave my mark on the world, and no way would I want to tarnish my legacy by cheating myself and others. I work very very hard and want my performances to be a reflection of my hard work and blue collar morals and values– show that others can be great too through hard work, and nothing more!

  • CJ Hitz

    Why I Took the Pledge

    2013-ascent (1)I’ve been a fan of clean nutrition since I took up running in 2008 and I’m also a supporter of clean athletes. There’s nothing quite as deflating as training your butt off only to find out one of your rivals cheated in order to get an edge. If I’m going to work hard, I expect the next guy or gal to do the same without the help of illegal performance enhancing drugs.

  • Stephanie Howe

    Photo Credit. The North Face.
    Photo Credit. The North Face.

    Why I took the pledge:
    I am clean because I want to keep running pure. To me, running is about finding that place where I am raw and real, stripped down the basis of who I am. I crave that feeling, that simple primitive state and I want to preserve this among our sport. My passion is above competition and winning, and there is no room is our sport for those who put winning at all costs ahead of the pure, simple joy of running on a trail.

  • Scott Jaime

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Courtesy: Criss Furman
    Photo Courtesy: Criss Furman

    I got into ultra running to redefine my limits. I want to know what MY genetic potential is and when I’ve given it everything I’ve got I can be proud no matter how it compares to anyone else. Drugs take no part in the process. I came into this sport with my genetic potential; legs, lungs, mind, spirit and soul. That’s it. Be true and be proud.

  • JuJu Jay

    Why I Took the Pledge

    image (14)Drugs of such kind that gives you “fake powers” to push your body to it’s max isn’t what life is about in my eyes.

  • David Jeker

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Alexis Berg
    Photo Credit: Alexis Berg

    We are born to run. Running in nature is a basic human ability. Let’s keep it simple. Let’s keep it clean.

  • Andy Jones-Wilkins

    AJWWhy I took the pledge:
    Out of respect for the sport I am privileged to be a part of and the athletes I am privileged to know.

  • Kilian Jornet Burgada

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Lymbus
    Photo Credit: Lymbus

    Because we do sport to enjoy, to find an emotional award and not the performance. Because is about us all having the same chances.

  • Cenk Kasim Turan

    Why I Took the Pledge

    cap2Being not clean is against the nature of NATURE

  • Rachel Kelley

    Why I Took the Pledge

    img_20151109_211414It’s important to me to be honest and have integrity in all aspects of life and hope to encourage others to do the same.

  • Wesley Kerr

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Brad Kerr
    Photo Credit: Brad Kerr

    Running is part of a healthy lifestyle. When PEDs start coming into the picture, the lifestyle of the elites ceases to be healthy and worthy of emulation.

  • Max King

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Paul Nelson Photography
    Photo Credit: Paul Nelson Photography

    Sport is pure in its intention. Camaraderie in sport is about putting your best self out there and competing against the clock, the terrain, or your fellow athletes with a clean conscience knowing you did everything you could to reach your potential. If you cheat, you are stealing from your friends and family. You have no honor.

  • Laura Kline

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Ron Heerkens
    Photo Credit: Ron Heerkens

    If you are truly an athlete and love your sport, you don’t cheat. It’s that simple. Take pride in what you do. Respect the sport, respect your fellow athletes, and respect yourself!

  • John Knotts

    Why I took the Pledge

    imageBecause I don’t want to see my sport ruined like cycling. Because I don’t want to have to worry about a level playing field. Because I don’t want anyone to risk the health of their body for one run. Because even though I spend too much time thinking about it, life is about more than running. Because sport should be pure. It should be more about improving yourself than a result on a piece of paper. Because if you don’t get that you shouldn’t be in my sport.

  • Silke Koester

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Ryan Smith
    Photo Credit: Ryan Smith

    We’re all in this together. We run to discover the possibilities within ourselves, and to connect with each other and with the world around us. I am committed to clean sport because I respect myself, our sport, and those with whom I share the trails.

  • Kyle Konczal

    fullsizerenderWhy I Took the Pledge

    Keeping the competitive field level will continue to allow our sport to grow. As athletes, we work very hard to get to the levels we are at and getting an edge from a substance creates an imbalance in our sport.

  • Pete Kostelnick

    Why I Took the Pledge

    image (2)To me, there is nothing worse than cheating. In a sport where we feed off of the accomplishments of others to fuel our own inner drive, knowing that someone cheated to get there collapses all of that. Also, in extreme ultra distance races, I enjoy pulling for those that win with their determination and ability to push through (doing it th right way). The pain and grit that they demonstrate is too important to be overshadowed by a cheater overshadowing them.

  • Emily Kraus

    Photo Credit: Aaron Johnson Photography
    Photo Credit: Aaron Johnson Photography

    Why I took the pledge:

    As a physician with a passion for both sports medicine and trail running, I see how doping can negatively affect the spirit of the sport and the overall health and wellness of the athlete. When we toe that line, it’s after countless hours of intense, dedicated training fueled by grit and a pure love of trail running. Performance-enhancing drugs threaten the foundation of what I consider Mother Nature’s sport.

    Through a united front, we can have the greatest impact on keeping the sport of trail running clean and the runners healthy!

  • Stevie Kremer

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Richard Bolt
    Photo Credit: Richard Bolt

    Keeping the sport simple and clean is what trail running is all about. Let’s be the sport that keeps its friendly, happy, welcoming, no-fuss reputation.

  • Dan “The Man” Lader

    Credit: Self portrait by Dan Lader
    Credit: Self portrait by Dan Lader

    Why I took the pledge:
    Keep it simple, keep it clean.

  • Carol Lai

    Photo Credit: Jack Edwards
    Photo Credit: Jack Edwards

    Why I Took the Pledge

    I find peace in running. Running has helped me see my own strength and courage in darkness created by my Depression and PTSD. PEDs will only strip away all the growth I have done and replace it with self-doubt.

    I love seeing the kids I coach light up when they finish a race. Through Girls on the Run, I’ve been teaching them to say no to drugs, to stand up to bullies, and to work hard to reach their goals. There is no way I am going to say to them “Do as I say, not as I do.”

  • David Laney

    David LaneyWhy I took the pledge:
    I like fresh air and big mountains. I think that’s the way it ought to be. Simple.

  • Ryan Lawley

    11224819_832549640194495_949433580299177313_nWhy I Took the Pledge

    I am committed to clean sport in running because too many role models have fallen by the wayside over the years due to drug use and cheating. The short term gain to the athlete just isn’t worth the long term damage to the sports it happens in, be it running, cycling, or any other challenge that pits athletes against each other in the name of fair competition. The controversies around those who decide to cheat and, inevitably, get caught for it, mires everyone involved, whether complicit or not, in suspicion, particularly to the layperson or the average fan; it becomes impossible to believe that anyone is clean as familiar names become associated with doping every time a new test manages to find something the athlete thought they covered up. Clean Sport Athletes can change that perception and win back the sport‘s reputation as drug free, as well as those reputations of athletes playing by the rules and winning against cheaters.

  • Amanda Lee

    Photo Credit: Joe Viger
    Photo Credit: Joe Viger

    Why I took the pledge:
    Even when I’m in “competition mode,” trail running is such a spiritual, sacred thing to me. The magical moments I spend in the mountains are the closest I come to the divine. I can’t imagine tarnishing that beauty by cheating in any way.

  • Barry Lewis

    Why I Took the Pledge

    bltrailsIt’s really pretty simple: cheating is cheating, no matter what form it takes. The essence of our sport lies in its pure simplicity, and that can only mean doing it clean.

  • Kaci Lickteig

    kaciWhy I took the pledge:

    I will never cheat because running is my passion and if you truly love something you will never cheat on it. Those who do cheat disrespect the gift of running. Run for the love of running, because you are fortunate to be blessed to be able to.

  • Matt Lipsey

    Photo Credit: Kathy Koetje-Simin
    Photo Credit: Kathy Koetje-Simin

    Why I took the pledge:

    We don’t litter in the mountains, so let’s keep the woods clean. If you want to “be the change you wish to see in the world,” now is your chance.

    There’s really too many reasons behind signing this to delve into them all.

  • Sabrina Little

    Why I Took the Pledge

    image (9)Integrity is worth fighting for.

    It wouldn’t be worth it to win every race but lose your integrity in the process.

  • Debbie Livingston

    Photo Credit: Scott Livingston.
    Photo Credit: Scott Livingston.

    Why I took the pledge:
    Drugs are never the answer.
    I believe every competitor should appreciate what they’ve got and do the best that they can with what they were born with. I find it character building when things don’t always go my way. I become a better person; wife, mother, daughter, friend.
    It’s also about setting a good example for my kids. They see me put the time and effort into my passion of trail and ultra running AND thriving off the challenge of it. They see the benefit of hard work but also the ups and downs of racing, and I would never want too lose that.
    Our sport is based on integrity. Let’s keep it that way.

  • Megan Lizotte

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: David Clifford
    Photo Credit: David Clifford

    I am fully committed to pursuing my running at the highest level utilizing my own hard work, discipline, God-given talent and grit. The choice to respect a clean sport and compete with honesty is of the utmost importance to me. Maintaining respect for my competitors, my body, and the future of the sport by taking a zero-tolerance stance against doping is not only fair and just but essential to begin resetting the legitimacy and reputation of our sport.

  • Kimani Long

    Why I Took the Pledge

    img_3361Because character matters everyday and in all aspect of life. Our sport is about freedom of movement in a simple form and needs to remain that way.

  • Chris Lundberg

    chris_lundbergWhy I took the pledge:

    We all deserve a level playing field, clear and consistent rules, and a commitment to integrity. Beat me if you’re more talented. Beat me if you train harder. Beat me if you prepare smarter. Beat me if you eat better. All I ask is that you beat me at the same game, with the same set of rules.

    Testing is an expense and a luxury that much of our sport is not designed to afford. With or without testing, all we really have as athletes and as a sport is our integrity. Every one of us who makes a public commitment to clean sport puts our integrity on the line and in the hands of any agency that might have the opportunity to test us some day. To do any more or any less is not an option for all of us who cherish fair play and a true sporting test every time we toe the line.

  • Cindy Lynch

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: RunningSkirts
    Photo Credit: RunningSkirts

    Competing to me is about commitment, hard work and challenging yourself to be the best you can be with your God-given ability. As a mother, I want to lead by example and demonstrate how hard work & dedication pays off step after step, mile after mile, hill after hill, mountain after mountain…no short cuts!

  • James Mackeddie

    Why I Took the Pledge

    11952693_10156070826775608_2040145726455947668_oMore than merely being a level playing field, Clean Sport is about living healthy, being honest with fellow competitors, family and friends. It’s doing the right thing.

    There is no reason to cheat and those that chose to, should not be allowed to stand on the start line.

    Stay clean, be true to yourself and everyone else.

  • Jeffrey Maddron

    Why I took the pledge:
    I believe in fairness and equal playing field.

  • Jeffrey Maddron

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    Why I took the pledge:

     

    I believe in fairness and an equal playing field.

  • Peter “The Prez” Maksimow

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Gianna Lindsey/SNAPAcidotic
    Photo Credit: Gianna Lindsey/SNAPAcidotic

    Because I compete for more that just for myself.
    Because I have kids that I coach who look up to me, fellow running community members that believe in me, sponsors who support me, teammates that depend on me, a cat that hopes I bring her home the good food, competitors whom I respect, race directors who believe in me. Because the very thing I am running in, the mountains and trails, are natural and I choose to be the same.

  • Corrine Malcolm

    Why I Took the Pledge

    10680094_10152698145377248_6816755715279628247_oI’m a racer that counts everyone in at the start line, I don’t want to count anyone out. I coach kids ages 8-14, and I hope to remain a role model for them.

  • Zac Marion

    Photo Credit: Isaac Miller Photography
    Photo Credit: Isaac Miller Photography

    Why I took the pledge:

    I transitioned into this sport because it reflected how pure and natural running was to me. Running and competing is raw and stripped in nature. It’s important to ensure that very spirit is sustainable in the sport I love.

    This community has become my family. We support, push and celebrate eachother at all levels. ANYONE who is dishonest to their family has betrayed that bond and has forfeited their right to compete amongst the peers they have cheated. As a competitor, runner, friend and human, I cannot support the dishonesty.

    As we grow together a family and a sport, we need to mature under the united pledge that we accept nothing more than a clean sport and competition.

  • Juan Carlos Martinez Guerra

    Why I Took the Pledge

    12045453_1773271549567044_3417790442376427221_oI am not a podium racing trail runner and it does not directly affect me, but also I think those who are doped to improve their position are stealing from clean athletes. Stealing cash prizes, medals, cups, but above all, a social recognition of their effort that is overshadowed by initially end up “behind” doped runners.

  • Christopher Mateer

    christopher_mateerWhy I took the pledge:
    …why wouldn’t it be?

  • Philip McCarthy

    Philip McCarthyWhy I took the pledge:
    Integrity. Let ours be the sport that shows everyone what it means to be real and true, to earn your results through hard work, dedication and sacrifice. This is crucial not just in sport but in every facet of life.

  • Allie McLaughlin

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Tim Bergsten, Pikes Peak Sport
    Photo Credit: Tim Bergsten, Pikes Peak Sport

    I run clean because running and working out is the purest escape in my life and a true gift from God. Between the 1st world struggles of just this week including shattering my iPhone screen, causing a fender bender in a company car and having like 10 text messages I haven’t responded to.. I have enough to stress and feel guilty about. Not to mention the balancing of 3 part time jobs, finding a “real” job, and still asking my parents for money. When I go run or hammer in the gym though, I can forget about everything for a moment. Running has always been simple and that’s what I love about it. Just me and the miles ahead. Nothing will ever taint that for me.. Except for injuries, injuries kind of complicate running sometimes. But only in a way in which we come out stronger having to overcome. Not like drugs where the person who really loses out it the one taking them cause shortcuts never lead to anywhere worth while.

  • Mario Mendoza

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Courtesy: Richard Bolt
    Photo Courtesy: Richard Bolt

    What I love about running is the purity of a footrace and the respect you have for those around you because you know they’ve had to put in months, sometimes years of training (sowing) before reaping the benefits in a race. Knowing the sacrifices, the dedication, the life struggles, the injuries, my competitors have had to overcome to get to a race I don’t see how I could look at them in the eyes and congratulate them if I chose to cheat them. I don’t see how I could lie to myself and to people daily. It would take all of the joy of racing for me.

  • Norman Mininger

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Courtesy: Tim Bergsten
    Photo Courtesy: Tim Bergsten

    Trail running is a community and family like no other. When you make the conscience choice to cheat, it’s not a lapse in judgment. It’s a calculated decision that cheats every single runner out there who gives it everything they have in the honest and truthful fashion. There is simply no room in our sport for cheating. It devalues everything we represent.

  • Jason Mintz

    Why I Took the Pledge

    img_2081It’s the only way to ensure a fair race.

  • Kevin Moore

    kevin_mooreWhy I took the pledge:
    I want to respect and share in the effort of friends who are training and suffering on the trails with me.

  • Allison Morgan

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: 2015 USATF Mountain Championships
    Photo Credit: 2015 USATF Mountain Championships

    I believe in a clean sport and all athletes should be competing with their natural abilities and talents. It is crucial to have clean athletes in our sport to help it grow and improve, knowing it was not tarnished by cheating of any kind.

  • Bobby Morgan

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    Why I took the pledge:

    I believe wholeheartedly in the spirit of a level playing field, testing your innate physical skills and fortitude of mind and spirit, all within the common goal of being the best you can naturally. This is not WWE, there are not millions up for grabs. I’m sorry some did not earn enough ribbons, medals, trophies, or parts on the back from their parents. But I deplore those that decide that cheating will cure all their insecurities. I can’t imagine how cheating serves any individual, sport, or community of athletes.

  • Joe Murphy

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Larry Sillen
    Photo Credit: Larry Sillen

    I will always run clean because I’ve learned (the hard way) that we’re running a much bigger race than the one immediately in front of us. I’m more interested in that crown. Our sport exemplifies this more than any other and I’m proud to be a part of such a powerful group of winners. Let’s be the example to the rest of the sports world. We may just be some niche sport up in the clouds, but we are honest and we are growing, and we do things right up here. God bless!

  • Lizi Nauth

    Why I Took the Pledge

    image (1)It is important because it is a reflection of us, of who we are, of our community. We want all to participate, we all want the same opportunity to shine, to learn, to achieve.

  • Ethan Nedeau

    Credit: Scott Mason Photography
    Credit: Scott Mason Photography

    Why I took the pledge:
    As a competitor in mountain, trail, and obstacle course races, I race against a broad spectrum of athletes and feel we should all share a commitment to competing with integrity. Beets, sweet potatoes, kale, and bacon provide more than enough performance enhancement.

  • Kim Nedeau

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Scott Mason
    Photo Credit: Scott Mason

    I would never consider putting anything but good food, good coffee and good beer in my body (exception is the occasional binge on chips or chocolate cake!)

  • Calum Neff

    Credit: Newton Hoang
    Credit: Newton Hoang

    Why I took the pledge:
    Running is natural, pure, and simple. We all toe the same line and run the same course, no shortcuts getting to that finish. This sport is no place for people who think otherwise.

  • Manuel Negroni

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: fotostudio3.com
    Photo Credit: fotostudio3.com

    Ritengo importante che il mondo del trail running rimanga un ambiente pulito e per credere davvero che ci siano ancora atleti veri che fanno uso delle proprie forze!

  • Ben Nephew

    Why I Took the Pledge

    ben_nephew_-_8514-escarpment-jumpHonesty, fairness, and equality are qualities that should be appreciated in all aspects of life. Over the years I had wanted to believe that the sport of running, while not immune to cheating, was dedicated to efforts to promoting a clean sport. It is now clear that our sport is in crisis and that an intense dedication to addressing drug use is needed. I don’t want my children associated with a sport that does not care about promoting healthy and fair competition. If the current situation does not improve and cheating continues to be tolerated with competitive running, we can just go run in the woods, but I don’t want that to happen. I have benefited tremendously from my experiences with healthy and fair competition on high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate teams. Tolerating cheating sabotages lessons of dedication, persistence, resilience, trust, and honesty. I do not accept throwing the arms up in the air and saying that nothing can be done in any other aspect of my life, and I won’t accept it with drug use in running. We need to do better, and we can do better.

  • Guy Nicholass

    Why I Took the Pledge

    img-20151114-wa0014Because the mountains are our last respectful place, and we should enjoy them clean in every possible way.

  • Jasmin Nunige

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Urs Steger
    Photo Credit: Urs Steger

    running is a way of life-i just want to find my own limits, and enjoy….”run clean and accept your own limits”
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    laufen ist eine Lebensphilosophie-respektiere deinen Körper, deine Gegner und die Natur- “laufe sauber und akzeptiere deine Limits”.
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    courir est un art de vivre, respecte ton corps, tes concurrents et la nature. “court propre et accepte tes limites.

  • Sandi Nypaver

    Credit: Sage Canaday
    Credit: Sage Canaday

    Why I took the pledge:
    There’s beauty in digging deep and finding out what our bodies and minds are capable doing together, not what PEDs can allow a body to do.

  • Monica Ochs

    Why I Took the Pledge

    635852541023595177It is important for the health, safety, and fairness for all. Let’s keep this sport clean and real.

  • Caner Odabasoglu

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Mahmut Yavuz
    Photo Credit: Mahmut Yavuz

    Because running is about expanding or trying to expand individual limits. Gift, talent, hard work, strategy and sometimes luck on raceday and maybe more are the parameters. I live like a mortal, I run like a mortal.

  • Bethany Patterson

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit Mykkah Photography
    Photo Credit Mykkah Photography

    Dirty athletes undermine every person who works so hard to train and do their best in our sport. There is no place for cheats in ultrarunning. As athletes we have to take a stand now before we come just like the sport of cycling.

  • Shannon Payne

    Credit: Tim Bergsten
    Credit: Tim Bergsten

    Why I took the pledge:
    Because running up mountains is as close as I’ll ever come to heaven on earth, and I couldn’t imagine ever tarnishing it or making it anything less than that! I love running to run just as much as I love running to race! On top of that and maybe more importantly, hard, honest training and racing takes guts, cheating does not; a victory that came as a result of a shortcut is no victory at all.

  • Willem Pennings

    Willem PenningsWhy I took the pledge:
    Racing drug free is not only important it’s a life style for me .

  • Doug Pfeffer

    Why I Took the Pledge

    12193472_10153086020226512_6972953227300542461_nSimple. I’m taking the pledge for two reasons; to protect the integrity of our sport, and because my kids are watching.

  • Miguel Pisco

    10633980_368048136686258_6083895031737632107_oWhy I Took the Pledge

    The spirit of sport at is highest, without anything else than the will.

  • Jean Pommier

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Agnes Pommier
    Photo Credit: Agnes Pommier

    The essence of trail, mountain and ultra running is how you deal with the physical and mental challenges offered by nature. It includes a personal element (you against the elements, a certain distance, the clock) but also a competitive aspect (you against the performance of others, either in organized events or other peer to peer measures). Using artificial and banned substance is not only cheating others but also yourself and nature. Since PEDs are changing the nature of that game, irreversibly, competition bans should not have time limits. The beauty of trail and ultra running lies in their natural form, let’s keep our sport 100% clean for the current and future generations!

    I certainly pledge to forgo any concept of competition or ranking if I’m ever to be convicted of cheating with PEDs but I also pledge that I will simply not use any banned PED.

  • Richard Prestia

    Why I Took the Pledge

    20151201_140037I’ve recently lost 155 pounds by changing my eating habits and exercising daily with walking at first, then running. I started off with road marathons but have fallen completely in love with trail running and ultra marathon running. I just completed my 1st 100 mile race in November the Rio Del Lago 100. Doping is cheating, PERIOD. Shouldn’t be allowed to set bad examples for new and young athletes.

  • Pol Puig Collderram

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Pol Puig
    Photo Credit: Pol Puig

    I run because It’s something that connects me with the nature. Sometimes, I run as fast as I can and sometimes not. It’s all about having fun, explore the mountains and enjoy everything with friends. Those who use doping to be faster, shouldn’t be running with me.

  • Javier Puit Juste

    Why I Took the Pledge

    I climb into the mountains to get away from the lies. Let them stay in the city!

  • Fidel Ramirez Hernández

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Pongale.cr
    Photo Credit: Pongale.cr

    Debido que muchos otros participantes son ya reincidente en casos de dopaje, se debería haber una comisión de investigación de análisis de competidores con esos casos de dopaje.

    En el caso de Costa Rica tenemos que hacer una asociación de corredores por montaña y asi poder lograr que todos esten a favor de realizarse dichas pruebas de dopaje.

  • Patrick Reagan

    Photo Credit: Jon Walk
    Photo Credit: Jon Walk

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Running clean is the essence of true progression in our sport. I stand by running clean. I believe my heart, lungs, and training will allow me to achieve my goals.

  • Aidan Reed

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: John E. Smith
    Photo Credit: John E. Smith

    Competing clean is essential for upholding the purity and integrity of all athletics. I want to stand on the starting line knowing that no matter what the results, they will be attained through integrity and effort. Nothing else.

  • Iain Ridgeway

    iain_ridgwayWhy I took the pledge:
    The sport needs to make a statement that it is different to the other disciplines where PED’s are more common because I think PED’s are being used, sadly I think we are already in a position where we cannot say the sport is clean. Whilst MUT is undoubtedly interested in athletic excellence it’s not the be all and end all of the sport, it’s about a genuine love of running on the trails and mountains first and foremost. Running for me is about hard work, discipline and consistent long-term work towards a goal, not short cuts and cheating. But we also shouldn’t forget that doping also risks lives, it’s that serious. It’s not purely about cheating. Those coaches who encourage young runners to dope risk the lives of those runners. Runners should make the pledge to keep the sport clean, it’s important the community makes a statement that we want a clean sport, this along with need more testing at any major championship, especially where there is money will help the fight.

  • Gary Robbins

    Credit: Glenn Tachiyama
    Credit: Glenn Tachiyama

    Why I took the pledge:

    This sport was born of pure, simple and honest roots, to challenge your body and mind in the mountains and out on the trails.

    We need to take every step possible to preserve the integrity and character that has naturally pervaded in trail running circles for decades. This is one small step in the right direction. Hats off to those who created this site and to those who have taken the pledge and to those who will.

  • Sam Robinson

    Why I took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Berkeley Half Marathon
    Photo Credit: Berkeley Half Marathon

    We need to create a racing culture committed to fair and clean sport. In the absence of organizing bodies capable of enforcing doping offenses across a variety of disciplines, and faced with the logistical difficulties of testing in the nascent sport of trail running, we must create clear lines of acceptable behavior for all athletes. The importance of this is not only to encourage fairness for current runners, but also to maintain the legitimacy of the sport for future generations of athletes.

  • David Roche

    Photo Credit: Nancy Hobbs
    Photo Credit: Nancy Hobbs

    Why I took the pledge:
    Because I don’t think the universe cares whether we win or lose a running race, but even unknowable cosmic forces probably frown upon lying and cheating.

  • Megan Roche

    Megan Roche
    Photo Credit: David Roche

    Why I took the pledge:
    I run because I love the process of adventuring every day and I love being a part of the trail community. Running dirty would betray both.

  • Danny Rogers

    Why I Took the Pledge

    11225998_10207304727600935_3401257569230164554_nPED has no place in our community! The blood, sweat, and tears is all you in our sport! Happy Trails :-)

  • Adam Rood

    Why I Took the Pledge

    12345414_10156262826390720_2445402139416776462_nI believe in putting in hard work to get results you’re proud of. If I were not a clean athlete, I would find no joy in the sport of ultrarunning.

  • Carlton Rowlands

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Courtesy: Cyril Bussat
    Photo Courtesy: Cyril Bussat

    Its not about the winning, its about the journey. An incredible journey, into nature and self discovery. I want to see how far MY body can go in the elements, pure and raw!

  • Holly Rush

    image-2Why I Took the Pledge

    I believe in a level playing field. Hard work should be rewarded, cheating should be punished.

  • Billy Satterwhite

    Festival administrator/peak baggerWhy I Took the Pledge

    This is one of the only sports in this world where there is no divide between the elites and the runner finishing last. Anyone who shows up to the starting line is a part of this big incredible family. From the runner finishing first to everyone who follows in their foot steps, no one deserves to finish behind a cheater and have their hard work and training devalued. Out of respect to fellow athletes, the races, and the entire community, I will never cheat or tolerate cheating.

  • Tom Schlegel

    Photo Credit: www.soq.de
    Photo Credit: www.soq.de

    Why I took the pledge:
    For me it is important to be a role model for my little daughter. I could not explain the difference between doping or drugs. I want to compete against the best athletes but only what is human possible. Without doping is the only way to make our sport authentic, natural running

  • Mohammad Schultz

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Mohammad Schultz
    Photo Credit: Mohammad Schultz

    I do not cheat and do not want cheaters to rob those that do it right and train and race without enhancements.

  • Ian Sharman

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Matt Trappe
    Photo Credit: Matt Trappe

    I firmly believe that cheating of any form in racing is something that should never be tolerated, whether it’s course cutting, littering or even more serious areas like taking substances that have been banned within the sport of athletics. It’s undoubtedly a complex subject with a lot of debate on details, but the key principle is that if a substance is banned in competitive racing at the international level then by starting any race there’s an implied agreement with those rules.

  • Alicia Shay

    Credit: Byron Powell
    Credit: Byron Powell

    Why I took the pledge:
    We all deserve a level playing field to compete in a sport that is not tainted by PEDs. I feel protective to do whatever it takes to maintain the integrity and purity of the sport that we all love!

  • Bob Shebest

    Photo Credit: Chris Blagg
    Photo Credit: Chris Blagg

    Winners never cheat and cheaters never [really] win. We’ve got a good thing going in the great sport of ultra-running. Let’s not allow it to be tainted. Hard work, love of the trail, and a healthy respect for all aspects of our sport should be all the performance-enhancement we need to see the results we’re looking for.

  • Charles Sheya

    Credit: Audrey Staples
    Credit: Audrey Staples

    Why I took the pledge:
    It’s the least that We can do: to have as much positive impact as we can in a “sport” that has given us SO much and asked so little in return. If we all stay true to the core values, we will all benefit!

  • Caitlin Smith

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: UltraSportsLive.TV
    Photo Credit: UltraSportsLive.TV

    I believe in integrity.

    I believe the human body is made to do amazing things and there is no need to lie, cheat, and use harmful substances to get it there. It is pure guts and glory and also a lot of honest hard work.

  • Mosi Smith

    Why I took the pledge:

    Photo Credit: Brendan Smith
    Photo Credit: Brendan Smith

    Because in a world where every factor changes from moment to moment, the modicum of integrity lives within our control. My mother taught me early on that a person’s word, and furthermore their commitment to upholding individual integrity, is a prominent value in all facets of life.

    By living honorably, doing work in a manner above reproach, and adhering to a higher standard of clean competition, I honor those who brought me up along the way, lay a trail for those who will emulate and supersede me, and bring honor to my loved ones and myself.

  • Tim Snow

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    DCIM100GOPRO

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Winners never cheat and cheaters never win!
    Drugs are pervasive in our society. Doctors prescribe pills instead of exercise and rehab, and people use drugs to enhance their performance…it’s just wrong!
    If I am going to get beat (and I will…I’m a mid packer at best!) I want to know it is by someone who has put in the blood, sweat and tears to do so, not by someone who popped a magic pill.
    Keep our sport, and all sports, clean!

  • Sophie Spiedel

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Courtesy: Natalie Krovetz
    Photo Courtesy: Natalie Krovetz

    It is simple: I believe in treating my body with respect by eating healthy food, getting plenty of sleep, and staying physically active. I believe in treating my fellow competitors with respect by bringing my best effort to the starting line and running to the best of my ability — with no performance enhancing drugs in my system to aid me. And I respect the trail by following the Leave No Trace philosophy.

  • Jason St. Pierre

    Photo Credit: JJSTP
    Photo Credit: JJSTP

    Why I Took the Pledge

    I just have a great respect for my body and learning its natural limits or that there seem to be none if you work hard enough at something… and admire what others can accomplish. I feel betrayed and cheated when someone accomplishes an amazing thing on PED’s.

    There’s no shortcuts around hard work. There’s no supplement for desire. You either have it enough to accomplish your goals or you don’t and you should find it. But don’t cheat. You cheat others who look up to you when you do. I won’t do that.

  • Damian Stoy

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Nate Dunn
    Photo Credit: Nate Dunn

    As an accomplished ultra runner, I believe that a clean sport is vital for maintaining the integrity of the sport. We cannot allow our growing sport to go down the same path as cycling and many other sports.

  • Craig Sutton

    img_1928-1Why I Took the Pledge

    … because the trail runner that invited me to a beer was clean. How can I cheat him?

  • Paul Terranova

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Courtesy: Jena Grotuss Spearin

    No excuses, do the work. This I believe. Don’t cheat your body or your mind in the process. And bookmark http://www.globaldro.com/US/search to keep yourself, friends, and fellow competitors informed.

  • Nathan Toben

    Credit: Soleil Konkel
    Credit: Soleil Konkel

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Running is measurably synergistic with my recovery from alcohol addiction. Doping in sport runs counter to my core beliefs and passions that align with the originating ethos that trail running was born from.

  • Tim Tollefson

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: UTMB
    Photo Credit: UTMB

    Being committed to a clean sport is important to me so that we can protect the integrity of competition and the safety of our younger athletes.

  • Lindsay Tollefson

    Why I Took the Pledge

    lindsayBecause I love running and as a sport it is pretty basic and about having fun. Let’s not forget that. Plus, I hate thieves…

  • Isaac Torija

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: JCD Fotografia
    Photo Credit: JCD Fotografia

    To achieve your goals and find your dreams in the mountains are not needed drugs. Sport means fighting yourself, you and your sacrifice, nothing more.

  • Torreglosa

    Why I Took the Pledge

    image (1)I love this sport and the philosophy derived from it. I sign this form for all the people that have helped me and have been helped by me during the races I have participated. To keep this sport as authentic as it is now.

  • Chris Vargo

    Credit: Ron Heerkins Jr.
    Credit: Ron Heerkins Jr.

    Why I took the pledge:
    Because doping is whack!!

  • Alex Varner

    Photo Credit: John Medinger
    Photo Credit: John Medinger

    Why I took the pledge:
    Clean Sport is important to me because it ensures that clean athletes will not be at a disadvantage to those who cheat.

  • Alessandro Viganò

    Why I Took the Pledge

    img_0185Because the sport is fun and not a competition. do sports with hard work and you will be satisfied

     

     

  • Jordi Vila Ariza

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Sergi Colomé
    Photo Credit: Sergi Colomé

    Overcome yourself every day is a challenge that helps us become better athletes but also better people. When you lie to the sport, you lie to yourself and those who trust in you, too.

  • Andy Wacker

    image (3)Why I Took the Pledge

    When splits don’t matter and you do it for the love of the sport; you don’t need anything to have fun running up mountains, through the woods!

  • Michael Wardian

    Why I Took the Pledge

    imageI am committed to clean sport in all running/athletics and want to win or lose fair and square so let’s get out there and throw down and see how it shakes out.

  • David Welch

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Courtesy: Lindsey Welch Photography
    Photo Courtesy: Lindsey Welch Photography

    I love the simplicity and purity of running on trails and in the mountains. PEDs and other forms of cheating tarnish that purity and have no place in our sport.

  • Brandy White

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Josh Fields
    Photo Credit: Josh Fields

    Because I like to work hard. And nobody likes a cheat.

  • Simon Woodward

    Why I Took the Pledge

    11902464_486445328182344_9213164717027637928_nRunning trails is about purity and connection with the environment around you. Anything that gets in the way of that is damaging to the purpose of what I enjoy doing. Drugs seem to used to improve speed, but I couldn’t give a shit about how fast or slow I run as long as I enjoy and immerse myself within the moment and the environment I’m in.

  • Devon Yanko

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Sweet M Images
    Photo Credit: Sweet M Images

    From the very beginning running ultras has been about challenging myself to see what my limits are. My natural limits. I love pushing and stretching and challenging myself to take on big challenges. I want to know what I am made of purely, naturally and truly.

  • George Zack

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Courtesy: Leadville 100
    Photo Courtesy: Leadville 100

    The playing field ought to be level.

  • Marco Zanchi

    Why I Took the Pledge

    Photo Credit: Matteo Zanardi Fotografo
    Photo Credit: Matteo Zanardi Fotografo

    Because I believe in clean sport , it is better to lose honest then win by cheating! A lesson for the future for young Trailrunners.

  • Lara Zoeller

    Why I Took the Pledge

    image (10)Any form of cheating is antithetical to the spirit of running. I train hard to be the best I can be- there are no shortcuts or easy answers in running!