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Dylan Bowman

Dylan Bowman

Endurance Runner

Though he didn’t find running until much later in life, Dylan grew up in the outdoor mecca of Boulder, CO where his love of mountain sport started at a very young age. As a lifelong athlete, he found most of his competitive success playing lacrosse through high school and college. When his lacrosse career ended, Dylan felt compelled to continue pursuing athletic goals outside of the team sports environment he’d always known. An initial curiosity in long distance trail running quickly turned into his passion and eventually his lifestyle.

Biography

With no formal background as a runner, Dylan took to ultrarunning in 2008 and has quickly become a top competitor on the North American racing circuit - earning many wins and podium finishes along the way. He currently finds his inspiration on the world class trail systems of Marin County where he trains daily.

Dylan is thrilled to join the The North Face Global Athlete Team and looks forward to exploring and competing in the most iconic mountains in the world.

Quick Facts

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Nickname: DBo

Words to Live By/Personal Mantra: “To launch big ships, you have to go where the water is deep.” -Unknown

Three Things You Always Pack: Cardiac Shoes, Thermoball Jacket, Better Than Naked Apparel.

Training Nutrition: Gels, water, and extra salty sweet potato.

Favorite Movie: The Armstrong Lie

Favorite Book: Into The Wild

Proudest Career Moment: Finishing third at the 2014 Western States 100. It was the satisfying culmination of a year of hard work. Finishing on the podium was a dream come true.

Most Humbling Moment: Gutting out a disappointing performance at the 2014 Transgrancanaria. I wanted to quit from the first mile and spent sixteen hours fighting my inner demons. It was a pretty traumatizing experience but I’m extremely happy and proud to have seen it through to the finish.

Favorite The North Face Product: Ultra Cardiac Trail Shoes

How I Relax: Getting horizontal on the couch with a good book, my girlfriend and our dog, Milly. We have a big couch.

Weakness/Guilty Pleasure: Coffee and pastries.

Inspiration Within the Sport: Gordy Ainsleigh who was invented 100 mile trail racing is still doing it now in his late 60s.

Dream Vacation: Chamonix, France in the fall when you can ski and run trails in the same day.

Causes You Are Passionate About: Inspiring people to recognize the resilient, courageous, and uniquely talented person inside them.

Favorite Destination for Your Sport: Squaw Valley, CA.

Favorite Piece of History in Your Sport: The legendary race that took place at the 2010 edition of the Western States 100, captured in the movie Unbreakable.

Three Surprising Things People Come to Know About Me: I’m a diehard Denver Broncos fan. I played lacrosse in college. Most days, I eat at least one burrito.

Career Highlights

  • 2x podium finisher – Leadville Trail 100 (2010, 2011)
  • 3x Top-10 Finisher – Western States 100 (2012, 2013, 2014) - Youngest runner in the top-10 all three years
  • 3rd Place – 2014 Western States 100
  • 1st Place - 2011 San Diego 100
  • 1st Place – 2012 Leona Divide 50
  • 1st Place – 2013 Ray Miller 50
  • 1st Place – 2013 Miwok 100k
  • 1st Place – 2014 Sean O’Brien 50
  • 1st Place – 2014 North Face 50 Bear Mountain