Archives: BRO Athletes

The Blue Ridge Outdoors 2016 Athlete Team features 11 of the region’s top athletes and ambassadors. They are elite mountain bikers, trail runners, climbers, triathletes, and whitewater paddlers. They consistently finish atop the podium in the most popular and prestigious events from Pennsylvania to Georgia. These leading voices in the outdoor community will be sharing their experiences with Blue Ridge Outdoors readers all year long. They will be writing about their training and racing experiences—and also revealing their emotional journeys out on the trail, river, and rock. Blue Ridge Outdoors is honored to have these 11 athlete ambassadors representing us and sharing their stories with our readers.
Learn more about each of our athletes below.

Our athletes are sponsored by:

Chris Gragtmans

Paddler Asheville, N.C. I am one of the most respected personalities in the paddlesports industry. I am a champion kayak and standup paddle board athlete, e...

Jay Curwen

Triathlete/Runner/Cyclist/Multisport Asheville, N.C.   I am a national Champion adventure racer, winner of over 125 races, two-time Mount Mitchell...

Chris Harnish

Cyclist/Multisport/Trail Runner Richmond, Va.   I am a lifelong athlete. After a brief and unsuccessful stint in little league, I went on to speed skat...

Laura Farrell

Paddler Asheville, N.C. / Washington, D.C. Hailing from the flatlands of Florida, I was not introduced to whitewater kayaking until after graduating from ...

Pat Goodman

Climber Fayetteville, W.Va. I developed my obsessive appetite for vertical adventure at age 12 while growing up in Farmington, New Mexico. The biggest thi...

Morgan Elliott

Trail/Ultra Runner Asheville, N.C. I run to reach the ultimate goal in living my life to it’s utmost fullest. Living life to the fullest is doing the unor...

Jessie Johnson

Triathlete Jekyll Island, Ga. A former college diver, I started racing road triathlons as a distraction from graduate school in 2005 while living in Athen...

Chris Hipgrave

Paddler/Surfskier Bryson City, N.C. I was introduced to whitewater kayaking while at school. The sport opened my eyes to a world of competition and explor...

Alicia Hudelson

Road/Trail/Ultra Runner Marietta, Ga. I am a trail and road runner who races of all types and distances, from 5k to 135 miles.  I love the trails of the S...

Gordon Wadsworth

Cyclist/Mountain Biker Lawrenceville, Georgia I found cycling in my teenage years and cultivated a genuine love of racing both road and mountain bikes. Po...

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