About Snow Goat Skimo
Originally from the flatlands of Iowa, Richard's life changed when the Army moved him out to Washington state in 2010. Discovering climbing, skiing, trail running, and everything in between, his passions have led him continuously into the mountains.
After his four year stint as an Army Engineer, Richard has been ski patrolling with the Pro Ski Patrol at Stevens Pass since 2014. To fill in the summers, he has been directing endurance trail running and mountain bike races. After competing in his first skimo race in 2016 at The Mountaineer's Patrol Race, Richard was hooked on the sport.
Since a few of his favorite things are skiing, going uphill as quickly as he can, and putting on events, he figured he'd start a few more skimo races in the Pacific Northwest, and Snow Goat Skimo was born! It is a labor of love and he just hopes everyone has a good time. Check out his personal blog of mountain adventures at www.runningfarther.com
Another flatlander who fled the "mountainless" hills and frigid, face numbing cold of Minnesota, Maudie moved to Washington in 2014. Quickly she fell in love with the mountains and ocean. Or how on every run between the ferns and giant trees, she felt like she was in the next Jurassic Park film. She loves to climb, ski, run, and cycle as well. When she isn't at her day job working in organ donation, she is hustling it to put on events with Evergreen Trail Runs, a local PNW trail racing company. Maudie works as the Co Race Director and Social Media/Marketing Manager for Snow Goat Skimo. And if you did not already know it, her and Richard are life partners. #familybusiness
Maudie started skiing two years ago with the help of Richard. A few black eyes and curse words later, she learned how to ski! Back country skiing is now her favorite winter activity. She competed (loose term) in her first skimo race last year at our series event, Loup Loup. Since starting to learn how to move on popsicle sticks, Maudie has become a huge champion of helping others new to the sport learn how to ski. To her there is nothing better than watching someone fall in love with a new sport.