Amy Sproston

Amy Sproston

Hometown:
Bend, OR

Real (Primary) Job:
Subaward Compliance Officer at Mercy Corps, an international nonprofit

Other Sports or Activities:
Yoga, biking, snowshoeing, knitting, salsa dancing, kitten wrangling

Favorite Sports Team:
I’m a fair-weather fan.  In March, I cheer for Kansas basketball.  I love the World Cup and root for Paraguay (where I lived during Peace Corps).

Favorite Trail Race:
Two: Hasetsune Cup in Japan and HURT 100 in Hawaii. Funny how things change, the HURT 100 used to be my least favorite…

Beer or wine:
Beer, preferably something local and hoppy

Trail Shoe of choice and why:
Bajada II; A great shoe for technical or smooth terrain. Supportive yet flexible and lightweight.

Best Trail Running Memory of 2014:
Having the sun rise during the Patagonia Run 100k while I was mid-way up the final climb.  With a midnight start, the mountains had been obscured all night, but on this climb the gorgeous surroundings were revealed (and there was hope that the end was in sight).

Objective #1 for 2015:
Stay Healthy. Race Happy.

Person Who has Influenced You the Most:
My parents

Your Running Idol:
I watch a lot of track & field and road marathons, and I have to say Shalane Flanagan is a favorite.  She’s not afraid to set lofty goals, speak her mind, or go after what she wants.

When I’m Not Running I Prefer to…
be exploring my new home in Bend, OR.  A great town with great outdoor outlets, and also great places to relax with a beer in hand after a day on the trails.  I also just bought my dream home in Bend, and spend a lot of time at home, working on house projects.

I Give Back to My Community By:
Volunteering at races, co-hosting a summer trail running camp through Mazamas, and doing trail work.

I’d Like to Give a Shout-out to:
The Virginia Happy Trails Running Club (VHTRC)–it was through the VHTRC that I got sucked into ultra-distance trail running, and even though I’ve wandered far from my VHTRC roots, I will always be a loyal member of the VHTRC.  I have yet to find a west-coast equivalent.

Career Highlights

  • 2015 HURT 100: 1st Female, 8th Overall
  • 2014 Hasetsune Cup: 1st
  • 2014 Patagonia Run 100k: 1st and Course Record
  • 2014 El Cruce Stage Race – Chile: 2nd
  • 2013 Western States 100 – 3rd
  • 2013 Lake Sonoma 50: 3rd
  • 2012 AND 2013 Ray Miller 50-Mile: 1st and Course Record
  • 2012 IAU World 100k: 1st (Individual and Team)
  • 2011 Hellgate 100k: 1st and Course Record
  • February 28th – Refugios: Bariloche, Argentina

Races

2015 Race Plans:

  • January 17th – HURT 100: 1st Female, 8th Overall
  • February 28th – Refugios: Bariloche, Argentina
  • March 28th – Gorge Waterfalls 100k
  • May 17th – TNF 100, Australia
  • July 10th – Pacing Darla Askew at the Hardrock 100
  • August 28th-29th – Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), France
  • September 25th – UTMF, Japan (tentative)

2014 Race Results

  • Hasetsune Cup: 1st
  • Patagonia Run 100k: 1st and Course Record
  • El Cruce Stage Race – Chile: 2nd

[Photo Glenn Tachiyama]

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