I am a native New Mexican and grew up in Albuquerque, attending UNM where I did my undergraduate and graduate work in engineering. I worked as a consultant for over 10 years, and in 2001, went to work for the Federal Government in areas of project management, applications development and operations management. The USA FIT Albuquerque motto is “Change Your Life: and nothing could be truer for me. After a few years of diminishing fitness activity, increased stress, poor diet and weight gain, I had a major wakeup call beginning in 2013. That began a journey for me that led to running (something I had never done before) and ultimately losing nearly 100 pounds. I started distance running in late 2013, and joined “Albuquerque Fit” (as the group was known as) at the beginning of 2014. By the end of that year, I had completed several 5K’s, a 10K, a half marathon and ultimately my first full marathon. I have a passion for running in the wilderness and love running on trails. This led me to my first 50K ultra in 2016. I have continued that pursuit and in November 2018 I achieved one of my most ambitious goals, completing a 50 mile ultra! My journey was such a powerful and positive experience that I wanted to help achieve and celebrate their goals. Since 2015, I have been assisting and coaching with USA FIT Albuquerque to help others transform their lives and find the joy not only in reaching their goals but in running itself! Email me at stephen.usafitabq@gmail.com