Crista Scott – co-founder and web-hostess of DirtbagRunners.com, researcher in Sports Psychology, Ultrarunner, adventurer and writer.
1. How long has Dirtbag Runners been around and how did you come up with the concept?
The “seed” of Dirtbag Runners was planted the day my friend Cat Bradley and I embarked on a road trip through California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. We lived out of my car, discovered every local trail to run and learned what it meant to truly live minimally. We met countless amazing people along the way and decided that “normal” life just wasn’t for us.
A few months later, while at the Western States 100, my good friend and co-founder Tyler Clemens, Patrick Sweeney and I were sitting in the back of our truck drinking beers when our friend Luis Escobar walked by. He was getting ready to film the finish, saw us drinking beers, laughed, and called us “total dirtbags”. It became his favourite nickname for us that weekend. On the ride home, I turned to Tyler and said “Tyler, what if we started a website called Dirtbag Runners? You know, to share about our lifestyles. Why running and traveling, living minimally and simply is our idea of a perfect life”. I checked to see if the domain was available and it was– so I bought the website address and began designing the logo. We had no idea what it would turn into. We literally thought it would be a small blog for us to share our adventures and travel stories. Apparently people liked our philosophies about life because it has grown into its own entity in less than a year! I feel so grateful to be a part of this incredible and growing community.
2. How long have you been trail running for and what keeps you coming back for more?
I ran track & cross country in high school, then fell off the running wagon until my best friend Michelle Evans started training for a local 5K, which was sometime in 2009. We both read Born To Run and from there, discovered our local trails.
Trail running has provided me with a perfect medium to see the world, make amazing friendships and personal challenge. I hope to continue trail running for the rest of my life. I have a long list of trails to see and races to run!
3. Where is your favourite location to run and why?
My absolute favourite place to run is in Yosemite National Park. To me, nothing compares to those beautiful mountains. A close second is the Grand Canyon. So amazing!
4. What is your most important piece of trail gear you can’t adventure without?
Without a doubt, my Luna Sandals. I wear the Leadville Pacers right now and they are perfect for trail running and keeping me injury free!
5. What race is next on your trail running schedule?
Javelina 100K in October.
6. What would be your one bit of advice to a new Trail Chix?
Find your local running community and find amazing trails to run! I have picked the brains of countless ultra runners with lifetimes worth of trail experience. It has provided me with a wealth of knowledge that no book could ever teach me.
7. What is your post trail run go to meal?
In & Out — a number 2, animal style with no tomatoes and add chopped chillies. Or, salt & vinegar potato chips and an ice cold beer!
8. What is your greatest personal achievement in running (doesn’t have to be a race/event)
Pushing myself through 36 miles of the Leona Divide 50. It was the hardest thing I had ever attempted and the first time I had truly ever pushed myself beyond my limits and then some. It was a humbling experience as a runner and has made me value what my body is capable of! I can’t wait to get back out there next year and finish it strong.
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