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March 9&10

Full Weekend $75, Will receive a Paragon tote, Smartwool socks and swag from our sponsors!

Saturday only $35

Sunday only $45, limited to 40 participants for one on one time with our experts

When it comes to performance, we all know there is no substitute for miles. But when you find yourself wanting to push your personal limits, miles alone are not enough. Mental fortitude and strength training are major factors that can push you beyond your current level of performance. We have compiled a panel of some of the most brilliant minds in athletics to help you incorporate these tools into your routine. So come to RunFest where we will help to maximize your athletic potential, and to expand your story as a runner!

Photo: Q Media

Photo: Q Media


Saturday, March 9

4 pm - Doors open

4:30 pm - 6 pm Alex Hutchinson, Keynote speaker and author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

6-9 pm - Free Wanderlust beer and Pizzicletta available for purchase

Sunday, March 10, limited to 40 participants

8:30 am - Coffee, tea and light breakfast from Picky Bars provided

9-10 am - Training for Consistent Performance with Ryan Whited

10-11 am - Workshops and Activities

  • Exercise stations with Paragon Crew

  • Nutrition booth with Stephanie Howe

  • Meet & Greet with Rob Krar and Alex Hutchinson

11-12:30 pm - Panel Discussion: Alex Hutchinson, Rob Krar, Steph Howe and Ryan Whited

Moderated by Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Stephen Knecht

12:30-3 pm - Assessment booth with Ryan Whited; receive a one-on-one biomechanical assessment to find out where you can improve your gait and efficiency

Gu, FBomb and Picky Bars booths and goodies, Raffle to benefit Girls on the Run, food for purchase and mingling

1 - 2 pm - Activities

  • Run with Rob Krar

  • Mobility session with Laurel Lippard


Alex Hutchinson - Endurance Athlete and Author

Alex Hutchinson writes Outside’s Sweat Science column, about the science of endurance and adventure. He started out as a Cambridge-trained physicist and long-distance runner on the Canadian national team. As a journalist, he earned a National Magazine Award for his energy reporting with Popular Mechanics, covered adventure travel for The New York Times, and wrote a training column for Runner’s World. His latest book, out in February 2018, is ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. He lives in Toronto, where he runs fast, climbs poorly, and gets outside as much as possible with his wife and daughters.


Rob Krar - Endurance Athlete

Rob has always been passionate about sport and the outdoors and often says he had several running lives before his ultra running career. After years away from running he took a chance and entered the Leona Divide 50-mile race, winning in a course record time. He set the then Fastest-Known-Time for the double and single crossings of the Grand Canyon, placed second in his debut at the 100-mile distance at the Western States Endurance Run 100-mile, and launched a legendary career as one of the best ultra runners in the world. Rob has gone on to win Western States twice. He also won three 100-mile races – Western States, Leadville and Run Rabbit Run – all in the span of 11 weeks in 2014. Competing at the highest levels of ultrarunning has offered much more – a platform for activism, an avenue to understand and grapple with depression, an opportunity to connect with his life partner, and a chance to build a community. Becoming a successful endurance athlete only matters as much as it can be leveraged for good in the community and for the causes that are close to Rob’s heart. He feels fortunate to have the support of The North Face in all his endeavors both on and off the trail, and hopes that his performances can serve as inspiration for others to make positive changes in their lives.

  • Two-time Western States Endurance Run champion, 2014 and 2015

  • Two-time Ultra Runner of the Year, 2013 and 2014

  • Three-time TransRockies Run champion

  • 1st place, Leadville 100 Mile, 2014

  • 1st place, Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile, 2014

  • 1st place, The Canyons 100k + course record

  • Named one of "The 50 Most Influential People in Running" by Runner's World Magazine


Stephanie Howe Violett, Phd. - Endurance Athlete and Sport Nutritionist

Running has been a big part of Stephanie Howe Violett’s life since high school, where she was first introduced to endurance sports. In college, Stephanie competed in both cross country and nordic skiing at Northern Michigan University where she was named a two-time All-American.

Stephanie is constantly striving to share her passion for exercise and nutrition and how they relate to performance, health, and quality of life on a daily basis. She believes physical activity is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle and inspires people to engage in endurance sports whether it be a part of their active lifestyle or a first-time athletic endeavor. Being outdoors on the trails is her “Zen.” Stephanie’s mantra: “I love to push my body to its limit; each day is an opportunity to reach a new level.”


  • Western States 100, 2014 Champion

  • Western States 100, 2015 3rd Place

  • Lake Sonoma 50mi, 2015 Champion, *Course Record holder

  • Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc, 2015, 8th

  • Way Too Cool 50k, 2015, Runner-up

  • Speedgoat 50k, 2013 Champion, *Course Record (subsequent years are run on a different course)

  • Top 3 ranking from Ultra Runner Magazine, International Trail Running Association (ITRA), and Ultra Runner Rankings


  • PhD. Nutrition & Exercise Science, 2015, Oregon State University

  • Active member of American College Sports Medicine, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Society for Nutrition

  • Current publications in Exercise & Sports Nutrition:

  • Howe, S. M., Hand, T. M., Larson-Meyer, D. E., Austin, K.J. Alexander, B.M., Manore, M.M. (2016) No effect of exercise intensity on appetite in highly-trained endurance females. In press. Nutrients.

  • Howe, S. M. (2015). Exercise and appetite: the influence of exercise intensity on appetite in endurance trained women. (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from Oregon State University database:

  • Howe, S. M., Hand, T. M., Manore, M.M. Exercise-Trained Men and Women: Role of Exercise and Diet on Appetite and Energy Intake. Nutrients, 2014, 6(11), 4935-4960.


Ryan Whited - Trainer

Ryan first became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and began working as a Trainer in 1996; 20+ years later it remains his passion. He has a vast tool box for injury prevention and rehabilitation and holds additional certifications in Gait Analysis, Mobility and Fascia Fitness. Ryan has sought to continue his education through certifications, self study and varied courses such as The Reconciliation of Pain and Biomechanics with Greg Lehman and An In Depth Look at Gait with the Gait Guys. His obsession for learning, reading and investigating the nature of biomechanics and human performance has provided him with incredible knowledge and wisdom on which he has built the Prehab style of training we practice here at Paragon.

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