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Meet The Race Board

Jeremy Smith "Coach Smith"

Race Board Member

Since the age of 14, Coach Smith has been coaching and organizing competitive events for the community. Living in Idaho Falls since 2006, he has coached 100s of youth runners as a track/xc coach at Taylorview Middle School, Idaho Falls High School, and as the founder/owner of the increasingly popular High Five Flyers Track/XC youth club team. His pedigree includes directing some of the largest running events in East-Idaho, including the High Five Relays XC race, the Wolverine Classic MS Track Invite, as well as the Tiger/Grizz Track & Field Invitational. His own running exploits have taken him to the finish line of the 2014 Boston Marathon, numerous trail ultras, as well as a sub-30-hour finish at the 2016 ‘Bear 100’. Coach Smith is excited to help runners find their limits through the ultimate test at the PUTS!

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Jenn Walker

Race Board Member

PUTS committee member Jenn Walker feels fortunate to be part of a race that involves her favorite pastime: Namely, galavanting through a wilderness in which she is prone to trip and create Facebook-worthy scars! In addition to being a world-class chef, Jenn is an avid ‘back of the pack’ runner who keeps content shooting dozens of pictures ranging from the smallest flower to the biggest sunset... all the while packing a pistol to keep herself and her trail buddies safe :) 
Jenn is also involved in helping to put on another SE Idaho trail running event, the annual Spitfire Ultra Trail Challenge.

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Jeff Fullmer

Race Board Member

Jeff is the founder of the Idaho Falls Trail Runners group and one of the founding board members of the Palisades Ultra Trail Series. Jeff has raced several trail races but enjoys nothing more than going on some wild backcountry trail running adventure. Discovering hidden trail gems and capturing pictures before most "normal" people roll out of bed is pretty tough to beat. Jeff has helped establish and put on multiple annual events including Idaho AgFest, Palisades Ultra Trail Series, Soup-In-The-Snow Fun Run, and the Yeti-Spaghetti Fun Run. He has also volunteered as a Scoutmaster and youth leader. Most importantly Jeff is a husband and father of 4.  Born and raised in Mackay, Idaho Jeff grew up in the shadow of the Lost River Range. He learned to swim in the Big Lost River and now considers "home" to be wherever there is wild backcountry.

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Katie Ellis

Race Board Member

Katie brings years of coaching and road-running experience to the PUTS race board. She has competed in the Boston Marathon multiple times and continues to seek out faster PRs in spite of recent injuries. Katie was unique to the 2018 PUTS race board, in that she was one of the only board members incapable of growing a beard. In spite of this physical limitation, she is coming back to give logistical support to the 2019 race and is thrilled to be joined by several women who share both her love of running and also her approximate hormone levels.

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Spencer Wells

Race Board Member

Spencer is originally from the hills of Tennessee, he has found that getting high (in elevation) and avoiding arrest (of a stagnant lifestyle) are better than drinking moonshine!
His love of sports, experience in Gymnastics and more than 10 years in Martial Arts are what eventually brought him to push his limits even further. With 4 100-mile finishes so far, he is looking forward to at least 2 more in 2019!
As with many other people, one of his favorite things about the ultrarunning community is the unique camaraderie and support amidst the competition, and he is grateful for the ability to be a part of it.
He looks forward to seeing everyone at the start line of their PUTS adventure and helping to get them to the finish line!

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Jennifer Saunders

Race Board Member

Jen is no stranger to race-directing, as she has spear-headed the popular Spitfire Utra Trail Challenge, a race taking place on a volcano in Idaho, for the past several years! As a life coach, personal trainer, race-director, and endurance athlete herself, Jen knows what it takes to push herself both physically and mentally. She is currently training for a 100-mile trail race, even after she vowed never to do one again. 

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A small army of volunteers are required to prepare, host and clean up the event. Too many faces to show and stories to share. A big thank you to all of them!
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