Formed in early 2012, Methow Endurance provides high caliber coaching and events services for the Pacific Northwest endurance community. Through seasonal camps and clinics, events production, and individualized coaching, we raise the level of knowledge and performance for athletes of all abilities. Specializing in running and cross-country skiing, Methow Endurance coaches bring combined decades of experience in racing and training at the highest National and International levels.
Growing up in the Methow Valley offered Sam an opportunity to hone his athleticism in a myriad of sports and pursuits. Pursuing success simultaneously in cross-country skiing, mountain bike racing and track sprinting, Sam finally settled upon skiing and quickly rose in the ranks of national junior races, accumulating numerous podium finishes at Junior National Championships through his teens. Sam attended Dartmouth College where he graduated in 2006 with a major in History, having raced all four years on the varsity ski team, leading the team as Captain in his senior season. After graduating, Sam launched his professional career and after a brief stint on an elite team in Montana, returned to the Methow to work under his current coach, Scott Johnston.
Sam's driven approach and critical mindedness serves him well on and off the race course. As a competitor, Sam ranks amongst the top National-level racers, accumulating several top-10 finishes on the US pro circuit, including at 2012 and 2013 National Championships. Aside from racing, Sam coaches the local Liberty Bell Junior High School track team, is the Summer coach for the Methow Valley Junior Ski Team, and has been a guest coach at the wildly-successful Methow Nordic December Nordic Camp at Sun Mountain Lodge. Sam can be reached at sam(at)methowendurance.com.
Unlike her husband, Alison grew up in the high plains of Pendleton, Oregon, where she excelled as a varsity athlete in tennis and basketball. While earning her degree in Environment Studies at the University of Montana, Alison fell in love with the mountains. She quickly learned she could explore more if she ditched her backpack and clunky boots for running shoes. It wasn't long before she found her true passion in ultrarunning. She took this enthusiasm with her when she moved in spring of 2005 to Seattle, to pursue a certification program in Massage Therapy. During her city stint, Alison worked at the esteemed Seattle Running Company, honing her running abilities alongside the nation's best ultrarunners. While there, Alison quickly earned her place on the regional scene, accruing several wins and podium finishes in such races as the Chuckanut Mountain 50km, Cle Elum 50km, White River 50-miler, the North Face NW Endurance Challenge, and the Cascade Crest 100-miler. Full race resume here.
Moving to the Methow Valley in the spring of 2008, Alison opened her massage therapy business, quickly amassing a strong clientele. While simultaneously continuing to develop her skills as a runner and massage therapist, she also delved into physiology and coaching to develop a unique perspective for her clients and athletes. She is continually inspired by athletes of all ages and thinks it's never too late to see what your potential is. Alison can be reached at alison(at)methowendurance.com.