Rob Krar   It wasn’t too long ago that I laughed at the thought of running an ultra distance event ‑ not a chance I said. Fast forward a few years and I found myself at the top of my sport with multiple wins at some of the most prestigious 100-mile races in the world. Learning from the mistakes of my previous running lives, I have embraced a more holistic and personal approach to my training, one that has ultimately allowed me to rediscover a joy in running I’d lost long ago.

Rob Krar

It wasn’t too long ago that I laughed at the thought of running an ultra distance event ‑ not a chance I said. Fast forward a few years and I found myself at the top of my sport with multiple wins at some of the most prestigious 100-mile races in the world. Learning from the mistakes of my previous running lives, I have embraced a more holistic and personal approach to my training, one that has ultimately allowed me to rediscover a joy in running I’d lost long ago.

  Kristi Knecht    I am a paragon athlete 7 years strong! I have found that whatever the adventure or outdoor endeavor, my fitness always seems up to the challenge.  Trail running is my passion, and through the test of some very high mileage seasons and brutal mountain races, Paragon has been the glue that has held my body together! I love where we live and spend as much time as I can with my family and friends in the wilderness around Flagstaff.  Sport at an extraordinary effort, whether it's running, mountain biking, or backcountry skiing, is my way of creating a beautiful thumbprint on the natural world around me.

Kristi Knecht

 I am a paragon athlete 7 years strong! I have found that whatever the adventure or outdoor endeavor, my fitness always seems up to the challenge.  Trail running is my passion, and through the test of some very high mileage seasons and brutal mountain races, Paragon has been the glue that has held my body together! I love where we live and spend as much time as I can with my family and friends in the wilderness around Flagstaff.  Sport at an extraordinary effort, whether it's running, mountain biking, or backcountry skiing, is my way of creating a beautiful thumbprint on the natural world around me.

 
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   In my day job, I’m a field hydrologist for the USGS  in the Grand Canyon.  Backpacking in the canyon, all-night sampling during floods, and multi-week river trips keep work engaging.  My other career and true passion is rock climbing.  I love to travel and experience new rock and different cultures, but I’m most driven to push my personal limits by developing new routes.  I’ve established dozens of routes from physical sport routes to regional trad test-pieces to committing big-wall free routes.  I’m in my element when technical, physical, and mental challenges come together on a difficult gear-protected route.  Training with the Paragon team keeps me strong for the unique demands of working in the Grand Canyon and enables me to push my limits in climbing.  PC: Nathan Welton Photo

Joel Unema

In my day job, I’m a field hydrologist for the USGS  in the Grand Canyon.  Backpacking in the canyon, all-night sampling during floods, and multi-week river trips keep work engaging.  My other career and true passion is rock climbing.  I love to travel and experience new rock and different cultures, but I’m most driven to push my personal limits by developing new routes.  I’ve established dozens of routes from physical sport routes to regional trad test-pieces to committing big-wall free routes.  I’m in my element when technical, physical, and mental challenges come together on a difficult gear-protected route.  Training with the Paragon team keeps me strong for the unique demands of working in the Grand Canyon and enables me to push my limits in climbing.

PC: Nathan Welton Photo

  Tessa Chesser   As I closed out my years of playing soccer starting as pee-wee at only four years old, fast forwarding to my very last college senior game where at that moment I never thought, "this could be then end," it was then I realized, Oh Crap, what do I do next? To then making a move to the flat lands of Oklahoma, only to find out that mountains, rivers and the need for elevation runs deep in my blood. A few moves later, followed by some really great adventures sleeping in the back of the car; drinking gallons of coffee to be able to stay awake to soak it all in. I found that my passion belonged in the wilderness. Today, here in Flagstaff, Arizona, I have found a quality tribe through Paragon that has allowed my competitive spirit to thrive! Whether that is through trail running, mountain biking, or just sheer adventuring, it could not be possible without the behind the scenes hard work Paragon provides.   

Tessa Chesser

As I closed out my years of playing soccer starting as pee-wee at only four years old, fast forwarding to my very last college senior game where at that moment I never thought, "this could be then end," it was then I realized, Oh Crap, what do I do next? To then making a move to the flat lands of Oklahoma, only to find out that mountains, rivers and the need for elevation runs deep in my blood. A few moves later, followed by some really great adventures sleeping in the back of the car; drinking gallons of coffee to be able to stay awake to soak it all in. I found that my passion belonged in the wilderness. Today, here in Flagstaff, Arizona, I have found a quality tribe through Paragon that has allowed my competitive spirit to thrive! Whether that is through trail running, mountain biking, or just sheer adventuring, it could not be possible without the behind the scenes hard work Paragon provides.   

 
  Chase Edwards   I need to move my body in order to think, and I originally used Paragon as a way to stay sane while working on a graduate degree and teaching full time. I became addicted very quickly! Paragon has done so much for my strength, mobility, injury prevention, and mental health. I also switched from climbing obsessively to mountain biking obsessively around the time I started going to Paragon - because of Paragon, I was able to move to the top of the ultra endurance mountain biking scene very quickly. I love Flagstaff. I love Paragon. I love bikes. 

Chase Edwards

I need to move my body in order to think, and I originally used Paragon as a way to stay sane while working on a graduate degree and teaching full time. I became addicted very quickly! Paragon has done so much for my strength, mobility, injury prevention, and mental health. I also switched from climbing obsessively to mountain biking obsessively around the time I started going to Paragon - because of Paragon, I was able to move to the top of the ultra endurance mountain biking scene very quickly. I love Flagstaff. I love Paragon. I love bikes. 

  Jeff Snyder   Ten years ago I tried rock climbing and became obsessed. I am a full time climber and split my time coaching, instructing, and guiding at Flagstaff Climbing Center. Climbing is a way to engage physical and mental challenges and find deeply rooted personal growth through the confrontation of success and failure. I love long days out and the ongoing exploration of Northern Arizona's unclimbed climbing potential. Paragon has been at the core of my training and has helped me to understand the fundamentals of healthy strength conditioning and injury prevention.

Jeff Snyder

Ten years ago I tried rock climbing and became obsessed. I am a full time climber and split my time coaching, instructing, and guiding at Flagstaff Climbing Center. Climbing is a way to engage physical and mental challenges and find deeply rooted personal growth through the confrontation of success and failure. I love long days out and the ongoing exploration of Northern Arizona's unclimbed climbing potential. Paragon has been at the core of my training and has helped me to understand the fundamentals of healthy strength conditioning and injury prevention.

  Ashley Maryn   The first time I went climbing, I was hooked. What’s not to love? On any given day, climbing can be anything you want. It teaches you, pushes you, invites adventure, brings joy and laughter, introduces you to different places and amazing people, challenges you mentally and physically, allows you to interact with your environment in a unique way and so much more. I’m thankful to have climbing in my life everyday, and super grateful that the team at Paragon keeps me healthy so that I may do the things I love.

Ashley Maryn

The first time I went climbing, I was hooked. What’s not to love? On any given day, climbing can be anything you want. It teaches you, pushes you, invites adventure, brings joy and laughter, introduces you to different places and amazing people, challenges you mentally and physically, allows you to interact with your environment in a unique way and so much more. I’m thankful to have climbing in my life everyday, and super grateful that the team at Paragon keeps me healthy so that I may do the things I love.