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Molly Sheridan is an ultramarathon runner and adventurer.
At 48 years old Molly entered her first marathon. Four weeks into training she injured her foot and was told that she was too old to be running. Taking her own advice, Molly corrected her training, mailed her finish-line picture to the doctor who told her she was old, and decided to challenge herself. As a novice runner, she entered the Rio Del Lago 100-mile Endurance Race. Traversing 100 miles non-stop through northern California, she discovered her love of endurance running, her youthful mind and her adventurous spirit.
In the past 7 years, Molly has run over 45 ultramarathons. In 2009, she completed the extreme running event Marathon Des Sables (MDS), a seven-day, 150-mile stage race across the Sahara Desert. Eight weeks later, Molly completed the 135-mile, non-stop, Badwater Ultramarathon. An invitation-only event, Badwater is considered the toughest footrace on the planet. It begins at Badwater, Death Valley, the lowest point in the continental U.S., and ends at Mt. Whitney portal, a 13,000-foot vertical ascent. The documentary “Molly’s Run,” chronicles her Badwater run in which she received the coveted buckle for finishing under the 48-hour time limit.
Molly is the first American woman to attempt and complete La Ultra-The High ultra-marathon, a 138-mile non-stop footrace in the Himalayas. La Ultra begins at 14,000 feet, with climbs to near 18,000 feet over two passes. The race culminates in the Morey Plains on the border between China and Pakistan. Even though the India Government said it was physically impossible to complete the distance, Molly completed the race August 13, 2011.
Molly has been featured among the “Women Who Move” in Women’s Running magazine; on Adventure Woman Radio, Nevada Public Radio KNPR, The Christian Science Monitor; and in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
As founder and owner of Desert Sky Adventures, a race management company in Las Vegas, Molly encourages others to walk and run for their health. She also speaks to audiences across the country on her exploits and the benefits of running for health and continues to run adventure races and ultra-marathons around the globe. It is the adventure that keeps her coming back for more. Follow her journey at www.mollysheridanruns.com
Taylor Sheridan is the Business Operations Manager for Desert Sky Adventures. Taylor graduated from UNLV with a degree in Business Marketing. She is also assistant running coach for DSA. Taylor is finishing her certification course in Body Rebuild, an incredible program to help strength and balance the body. Taylor has participated in numerous races and is training to run her first full marathon, The Great Wall China Marathon, in Beijing, May 2014.
Kendall Brosnahan is a RRCA certified run coach and state licensed soccer coach. She began her running career with Team in Training raising money for cancer research. After completing her first marathon she discovered her love of running and has completed an additional 15 events. She became a certified coach in order to help others discover their passion for running. Kendall is a busy wife and mother of two who knows a few tricks on how to balance home life with running and exercise. DSA is proud to have Coach Kendall on their staff!
Dr. John Vigil
Dr. John Vigil (Dr. John) graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in 1999 and has been in practice in both Texas and Nevada. While working with patients he discovered a true passion in the athletic community for the care of sports related injuries and preventative practice. Dr. John is the only Chiropractic Physician, Certified Level II Fascial Stretch Therapist (FST) in Nevada. Dr. John uses a comprehensive plan to restore balance, function and relief from sports injuries utilizing FST. He is a certified running coach and ultra-marathon runner who understands the athletic needs of a runner.
Colleen is a certified walking coach and is part of DSA California Coaching Division. Colleen’s first marathon was the Catalina Marathon in 2006, a challenging event that propelled her into her love of the outdoors, trail hiking, walking and mountain biking. She has competed in numerous events as a speed walker. Most weekends you will find Colleen walking, trekking, or on her mountain bike on the trails and wooded areas of Southern California. She heads up the Women’s Walkabout Southern California event and is a strong proponent of walking for health and adventure.