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.
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."
Ryan Ghelfi, Sales
"I came to Ashland to go to college and to run cross country and track, mostly for the running. Now that my college career has come to an end I will be moving up to running longer distances. I have run one marathon on the roads, but am looking forward to hitting the trails. I am a big fan of mountains, and all they have to offer. In addition to running in the mountains around Southern Oregon I also ski frequently, winter, spring and summer, most often climbing for my turns. My goals include skiing first descents, setting long trail records, and never getting a 'real' job."
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."
Jessie Harrower, Sales
"I was born here in Ashland, and I can confidently say that I wouldn't have wanted to grow up anywhere else. The mountains have always been my happy place, and lucky for me Ashland has got some beautiful ones. I played soccer for 12 years, and when I decided to graduate high school a year early in 2015, playing in college was no longer an option. Fortunately, I had always enjoyed the fitness/outdoor aspect of the sport, so I began trail running. Now, running is very much a part of my every day life, and thanks to all of my inspiring co-workers at RVR, I ran my first 50k this July (2016) at the age of 18! By working at RVR I am always given the chance to learn, grow, and share with fellow awesome runners everywhere."
Cole Watson, Sales
"I grew up in Southern Oregon and attended the University of Oregon in Eugene. There I majored in product design, and ran cross country and track. In the summers, I would always come back to train in this great resource we have right here in Ashland. I've always had a passion for running, and it's gear. I also want to stay connected to this great sport, and it's community for as long as I can. I feel like being apart of the team at RVR is a great way to do just that!"
Jocelyn Schmidt, Sales & Social Media
"I transferred from American River College to Southern Oregon University in fall of 2015 to study Business Management and compete in both cross country and track. I've been working with Rogue Valley Runners for just over a year now where I continue to grow my love and passion for running.
I hope to continue running after college to take on longer distances. Ultra running is a recent passion of mine that continues to grow due to being surrounded by this inspiring community of individuals."
Emily Baehr, Sales"Fresh to Ashland via Southern Utah I came looking for new adventures and a change of scenery. In 2007 running was introduced to me via a Couch to 5k program. With 11 ultras, five marathons, three relays and dozens of shorter races under my belt… I like to think I have running figured out, but I keep getting surprised. The joy of discovering new places keeps bringing me to new trails."
Favorites: Sharing the trails with dogs, trail running, and yoga
Dislikes: losing chapstick, litering