The Crew

  Hal Koerner, Owner

An outdoor enthusiast since age the 10; Hal has been hiking, running, and biking all over the United States. His real passion however is running, more specifically running the trails. Hal has been named one of the top ten ultra-runners in North America 9 times over the last 10 years. To date, Hal has run over 120 ultra-marathons (any race over 26.2 miles, and typically up to 100 miles or more) and finished in the top 3 in 75% of them. With first place finishes two years in a row at the Western States 100-miler – considered to be one of the oldest ultra trail events in the world and certainly one of the most challenging.

In addition to running races Hal is also the race director of 4 Southern Oregon runs: Tar N' Trail 6 Mile, Lithia Loop Trail Marathon, Pine to Palm 100 Mile Endurance Run, Siskiyou Out Back Trail Runs

Hal views Rogue Valley Runners as the vehicle towards which people can gain a healthy perspective of themselves, their goals, and their community as it relates to being physically active. "Community involvement, whether it be on the city streets or up on the trails is just one venue by which we can create some awareness around our need to give back to the city that gives us so much."

 

  Brett Hornig, Sales

"My name is Brett Hornig and I graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. I ran Cross country and Track and Field for SOU, but am very excited to start running longer trail races. I have always favored the trails, and can't wait to explore the endless miles of single track that Ashland has to offer. I've always had a passion for the gear aspect of running; most importantly the footwear. Anyone who has run with me knows I am the shoe nerd who is always eager to run in the latest product. I hope to further pursue a career in the running industry, whether that be designing, testing or marketing products."

 

   Lindon Powell, Sales  

Lindon Powell has been in the shoe game at RVR since 2018. Originally from up the road in Corvallis, Lindon was first drawn to Southern Oregon a decade ago by opportunities to study and compete at SOU. More recently Lindon has gravitated towards the trails and now specializes in mountain running, spending his summers traveling through the western US seeking out steep slopes and stiff competition. When not on the road he can be found slinging shoes in the shop or racing the last light of the day up and down trails in the Watershed.

 

  Zach Blanco, Sales

Zach started running at 12 years of age at a farm town middle school with a granite track. Over the years, those country roads and small town streets nurtured him to the OSAA state champs. Unfortunately, in the 12th grade I tore my left ACL and meniscus. Things shifted after that. He was fortunate enough  to be able to run the way he had before the injury and vowed to enjoy the rest of his running days, no matter what the fortune. Eventually that passion led to the collegiate track, mountain running, road 10k racing, and coaching. He will always be running and looks forward to helping you become and overcome.  

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