: Deanna Stoppler
: Feb 10, 1979
: I was born in a tiny northern Canadian village and grew up with the philosophy that running was required only when absolutely necessary. I ran to herd cattle; ran to catch loose horses; ran from my brother; and ran for the school bus when I was late. Never, never did I run for fun. Not until I joined the high school basketball team and even then it hurt, bad.
Finally, in college after a few years of climbing, skiing, and biking, I decided to join my roommate, a one-time-claim-to-fame marathoner, on a jog. My lungs burned in less than three miles; I was a phlegm-spewing-freak due to cardio inadequacy, but I threw caution and was hooked.
I have been running since, but competing relatively recently, since 2005. Now, I'm an "ultra junky" and on my way, at a snail's pace, to my first 100-mile race. Then it's off to Canada for the Death Race, which, surprisingly, my non-athletic father told me about. The Death Race: 125 km of running over summits of 17,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains of Grande Cache, Alberta. From chasing livestock in my rubber boots to lacing up my trail runners and chasing dreams—go figure.
: I love to run. Plain and simple. Oh yeah, and I LOVE, or rather, NEED to be outside as much as possible.
: Death Race
Beast of the East
: SALOMON/GREAT PLAINS RUNNING COMPANY
Workout Routines / Fitness Tips
: Run 6 days/week, usually in the a.m., with 1-2 long runs on the weekend. Sometimes I run twice/ day two days in a row with a day off and then twice a day again for two.
Bike 6-7 days/ week (road bike and mountain bike) in the evenings.
Sit-ups and push-ups every day on weekdays.
I like to mix things up all the time. What's most important is exercise and running nearly every day.
: To learn teamwork so I can get into adventure racing.
To become a writer.
Learn to draw.
Have my family closer, so we can spend time together.
: Finishing Kettle Moraine 100K after being lost for one hour and having ran a handful of ultras with only a couple of weeks recovery between each race. It was a tiring season that I'm still recovering from.