Desiree Marek

"I have never been an athlete. Because my family didn’t have much growing up, work always had to take precedence over sports. As a young adult, work, again, had to take precedence so I could pursue an education.

It wasn’t until the fall of 2009 that I began running and learned what it meant to be an athlete. Since then, I have seen places I never thought I’d see, have run a breadth of distances I never thought possible, and have completed 8 races of 100 miles or longer, including a 100-mile slam and the Badwater 135."

"I always say 'yes' to adventure, to new opportunities, to new beginnings.  I was fortunate enough to have a father who ingrained in me a profound appreciation for the outdoors.  Even to the end, he spent his days sitting outside in the mountains, listening to the creek that ran through our yard.  In his last days he made me realize just how precious every moment is and that no amount of time will ever be enough.  And, so, I always say 'yes.'"

 Photo by James Holk

Photo by James Holk

"Skout works fuels my adventures because it provides my substantive fuel without making me feel full.  I can rely on the products to give me the energy I need without forcing me to slow down or stop what I'm doing due to stomach upset.  After every run, I always have a Skout bar waiting for me; its the one thing I look forward to as I push through those last miles.  But, Skout bars and pumpkin seeds are also staples in my desk and in my car!"

 Photo by Augusto Decastro

Photo by Augusto Decastro