The embodiment of adventure seeker, Stefanie competes, explores, and trains all over the globe. She embraces her passions for adventure, ultra-endurance racing and training with a massive smile and all of her heart.
Stefanie was a competitive multi-sport varsity athlete in high school, competing in men's soccer, cross-country, fencing and lacrosse. Her collegiate athletic career was unfortunately cut short, as she developed debilitating shin splints. Even though injury hindered her ability to compete, she was determined to recover and take on future challenges. In 2005, Stefanie raced in her very first triathlon, the NYC Triathlon. This experience ignited her passion for endurance sports. Over the next decade, Stefanie continued to race in countless triathlons, from sprint to Ironman distances.
At a Ragnar Relay in 2009, a fellow racer directed Stefanie towards an ultra-endurance event of unknown length and content, the Peak Death Race (www.youmaydie.com). Stefanie completed her first Death Race in March of 2010, and 18 hours later place first among both men and women. She then went on to complete three more, the longest lasting 65 hours, becoming the female champion twice and top ten overall finishes. (You may read more about these adventures in her blog.) The Death Race introduced Stefanie to the world of ultra-endurance racing and it became her main focus.
Last year was a pivotal season in Stefanie's athletic career. After spending the second half of 2015 recovering from an encounter with Lyme Disease and a subsequent foot injury, where she took four months off of running to rehab, she refocused her energy on her 2016 season.
Returning to running in March of 2016, Stefanie was stronger and more focused than before, ready to tackle the year of racing she dreamed of. She expanded her love for ultra-endurance and multi-sport racing, becoming a member of a competitive adventure racing team, Off-Course Navigation. Together, they completed two 72-hour expedition adventure races, as well as the 30-hour USARA national competition.
In addition to adventure racing, Stefanie competed at and placed 5th in both the Whiteface Sky Race in Wilmington, New York and the Red Bull Rise, in Aspen, Colorado. The Red Bull Rise is a unique Vertical K race, where athletes tackle as many 3,000ft “rises” of the mountain over a 12-hour period, taking the gondola down; Stefanie completed 7 rises. Five days after the Red Bull Rise, Stefanie met Off-Course Navigation in Taos, New Mexico, for a 72-hour adventure race.
As Stefanie was racing throughout 2016, she focused her sights on training to win the World's Toughest Mudder in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. A 24-hour obstacle course race, competitors complete as many rounds of the 5-mile, 20 obstacle course as possible. Stefanie quietly signed up for the race and quickly dominated the field as the leading woman. After completing 17 loops of the course, Stefanie was crowned the female champion, outcompeting the second place female finisher by a full 5 mile loop. The race was later broadcast on CBS and CBS Sports, showcasing the growing sport of OCR.
Aside from balancing a busy race schedule, Stefanie strives to explore and challenge herself in beautiful and extreme landscapes across the globe. Her travels have taken her to the mountains of Patagonia, the glaciers of Iceland, and to various places in the U.S.. She is continuously in search of her next out of the box challenge.
When Stefanie is not adventuring or racing, you will find her designing interior accessories, chopping wood with one of her many axes and enjoying plentiful bowls of ice cream.