Megan Lizotte

About Megan Lizotte

Date of Birth:
December 10, 1983

Place of Birth:
Aspen, Colorado

Current Home town:
Basalt, Colorado

Primary Race Distance:

Other hobbies or sports:
Cooking, traveling, shopping, Nordic skiing, hiking, camping and writing

What MHW/ Montrail gear and clothing is in your quiver for a typical day at/ on the trail?
I’m pretty sure I have the Women’s Butter Zippit Hoody in every color! It’s the perfect weight for cooler weather running. The material is unbelievably soft, antimicrobial and super cute! For bottoms, I’m always wearing either the Ultrapacer Shorts or my Mighty Power Capris—they’re so comfy, I would sleep in them if you made me! I love the Rogue Fly—best light-weight trail racing shoe that’s supportive enough for the rockiest of trails.

How were you introduced to your sport?
I was born into a running lifestyle. My parents are both runners and I grew up watching my dad compete at local races. In fact, most of our family vacations were dictated by where he was racing. My dad has such an infectious passion for the sport which made running appealing to me. He never made me run, I just wanted it for myself because I saw how much joy it brought to his life.

What inspires you?
I live in the most beautiful place—hard not to be inspired when your surrounded by giant mountains, wild flowers and blue skies!

Which athletes or other individuals have been your biggest source of inspiration?
My dad has been my biggest inspiration for my running career. I’ve also always looked up to Suzy Favor-Hamilton, Magdalena Lowey-Boulet, Paula Radcliffe and Katherine Switzer.

What advice would you give to newcomers to (your sport) today?
Well I would of course recommend that all beginners hire me as their coach! ☺ Stick with it! Running can be uncomfortable in the beginning, but if you give your body 2 weeks of consistent running, it will start to respond positively and you’ll really enjoy it. And eventually become addicted!

What’s your favorite pre race meal?
Pizza! It’s got a great balance of carbs, fat and protein—gotta fuel up!

What the first thing you look forward to doing after a long run / race?
I always treat myself to a post-run recovery treat! I love drinking a mocha because it’s got a great combination of carbs to help restock glycogen stores, and protein to repair tired muscle fibers. Plus, the caffeine in the coffee optimizes the entire recovery process. Sometimes in the summer I’ll order one and then go sit in the river to ice my legs….hot drink makes it not feel so miserable!

How do you balance your training schedule with your “real” job?
Balancing a full-time job and a full-time running career is tough! So I started my own running coaching business, which allows me to set my own schedule. I primarily offer online coaching which allows me to work from wherever I am in the world during my busy racing season. I also offer on-site coaching too when I’m in town and available to work with clients. This flexibility allows me to focus my energy on training while also making a living doing something I am passionate about.

Do you have any pre-race/ pre-competition rituals?
I almost always wear mascara when I race. If you feel like you look good, then you usually feel more confident in yourself!

In 10 years I hope to be…
A World Champion mountain runner, Olympic marathoner, super cool mom & house flipper (I’ve always wanted to do that!)

Six-word bio:
I eat hill repeats for breakfast

When singing karaoke, what song do you sing to bring down the house?
The one time I actually sang karaoke was to “Barbie Gir” by AQUA. ” I wouldn’t exactly say I brought down the house either!

What music gets you fired up?
I love dance/house and hip hop—totally pumps me up! David Guetta, Daft Punk, Kaskade,Deadmau5, Lupe Fiasco, Calvin Harris, Rhianna, Gaga, Basement Jaxx, Hed


Career Highlights

  • January 14, 2012, USA Olympic Marathon Trials, 2:44, 75th (pregnant!)
  • December 10, 2011, American Bank 1/2 Marathon, 1st
  • December 3, 2011, Winter Sun 10k, 1st
  • November 5, 2011, USATF Trail Marathon Championships, 1st
  • September 11, 2011, World Mountain Running Championships, Tirana, Albania, 12th
  • August 14, 2011, Sierre Zinal Mountain Race, Zinal, Switzerland, 4th
  • July 30, 2011, Mount Sopris Run-Off, 1st
  • July 14, 2011, Race for the Cure 5k, 1st
  • June 26, 2011, USA Mountain Running Championships, Cranmore Hill Climb, 4th
  • June 12, 2011, USATF Trail Half Marathon Championships, 3rd
  • June 5, 2011, Spring Run-Off 10k, Teva Mountain Games, 3rd
  • June 4, 2011, Vail Pass Half Marathon, Teva Mountain Games, Vail, CO,2nd
  • May 14, 2011, USATF 25k, Grand Rapids, MI, Fifth Third River Bank Run, 14th

Other Notable Achievements:

  • First American woman to win Sierre Zinal Mountain Race
  • 2x Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier
  • 3x World Mountain Running Championships qualifier
  • 2011 USATF Trail Running Series Champion



2012 Race Plans:

  • May 6, Avenues of the Giants Marathon,Humboldt, CA
  • May 16, Mount Washington Road Race, Gorham, NH
  • May 31 – June 2, Summer Teva Mountain Games, Vail, CO
  • July 4, Boogie’s Buddy 5 Miler, Aspen, CO
  • July 8, Loon Mountain Race, Lincoln, NH *USA Mountain Running Championships – Wmn’s Qualifier
  • July 21, MACAC Mountain Running Champ, Whistler, BC, Canada
  • August 12, Sierre Zinal, Sierre, Switzerland
  • August 18, Pikes Peak Ascent, Manitou Springs, CO
  • September 2, World Mountain Running Championships, Ponte di Legno, Italy *needs to qualify
  • November 4, NYC Marathon, NYC, NY

2011/2012 Race Results

  • 2011 – May 14, USA 25k Championship – 14th place female
  • June 4, Teva Mtn Games Half – 2nd place
  • June 5, Teva Mtn Games 10k – 3rd place
  • June 12, USA Half Marathon Trail Champs – 3rd place
  • June 26, USA Mtn Running Champs - 4th place female
  • July 30, Mt. Sopris Run-Off - 1st place female, Course Record
  • August 14, Sierre-Zinal Mountain Race – 4th place female
  • September, World Mtn Running Champs – 12th place overall
  • September, Leadking 25k
  • November, USA Trail Marathon Champs – 1st place female
  • 2012 – January, USA Olympic Marathon Trials – 28th
  • February, Winter Teva Mountain Games
  • February, Moab Red Hot 33k