OUR TEAM

Trans-Pecos Ultra is managed by a dedicated, volunteer leadership team who are supported each year during race week by even more spectacular volunteers from around the world. These people shed blood, sweat, and tears to keep our participants safe and motivated during the race. Without the commitment and hard work of our volunteers, this race would not be possible.

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Creator & Race Director

Chris Herrera, PhD

Chris Herrera, PhD

Dr. Chris Herrera, PhD developed Trans-Pecos Ultra to share his passion for adventure, travel and endurance sports. He has participated in numerous endurance events over the last ten years. Among his recent accomplishments are finishes at Franklin Mountains Trail Run (50km), Big Bend Ultra (50mi), and the “4-D”, four consecutive marathons in four days with Race Across USA, where he ran with a 15lb pack each day. He has also completed several triathlons including Ironman Coeur D’Alene, long distance cycling events, and multi-day treks through the Himalayas and Middle East.

Dr. Herrera is a respected researcher and international expert in applied physiology. His work focuses on the relationships between sleep, health and human performance. His work is published in high-level scientific journals and has been shared at several international conferences, including a keynote lecture on Ramadan and Sports Performance at Qatar House during the London 2012 Summer Olympics. He is also a wellness consultant and provides health education to the general public through unique retreats, as a coach, and motivational speaker to high school students.

Medical Director

Aaron Reilly, DO

Aaron Reilly, DO

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Dr. Aaron Reilly, DO is a hard-working dude who enjoys an outdoor lifestyle and spending time with his wife and two daughters. Besides recruiting a team of medical personnel for the race each year, he is also an Emergency Medicine physician and former US Navy Flight Surgeon. Dr. Reilly brings specific training in wilderness, austere, and race medicine.

Dr. Reilly is part of the Austere and Mountain medicine faculty at the University of New Mexico, where he is involved in the education of professional medical providers, from paramedics to physicians, on providing medical support in remote locations. He is also an active member of the UNM Reach and Treat team.

Keep on the lookout for various posts regarding medical topics specific to ultra-endurance athletes on our blog. Link above!

Event Coordinator

April McAnally

April McAnally

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April is our “local fixer” and all-around “go-to” person. She has worked as a virtual assistant for a variety of clients in diverse industries for over 5 years. When it comes to task management, April is that person behind the scenes who makes it all happen!

April brings valuable perspective to the leadership team given her previous involvement in the Canadian Death Race as an assistant to the race director. From designing flyers to event planning, April is there the whole time helping to ensure the participant and volunteer experience is memorable.

Besides keeping track of race details all year, April also keeps her three children, husband, two dogs and cat in line too. April enjoys cross-fit and is training for her first 30k trail running event – GO APRIL!

Camp Manager

Dan Stake

Dan Stake

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Mr. “Stake” was destined to travel the world and become a camp manager! Dan has considerable experience in stage-races, having competed in the Sahara Race, Gobi March, Atacama Crossing and Namibia Ultra-marathon stage races. He later returned as Camp Manager for many of these races in subsequent years.

Dan has also competed in several non-stage ultras, including the Heartland 100, Big Bend 50, Arkansas Traveller 100 and Waco 5-0. Dan lives in Kingfisher, Oklahoma and is a proud husband, father and grandfather. He is an attorney in private practice.

Course Manager

Jake McAnally

Jake McAnally

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Jake knows Big Bend like the back of his hand. A native of Alpine, he is all about exploring the area “by car” and likes staying busy outdoors.

Jake was a part of the camp team in 2015, but now spends countless hours researching and testing communications. He also assists with GPS mapping and course logistics throughout the year.

When he’s not working, you can find Jake starting a fire and BBQing for his family and friends after a grueling cross-fit workout. And, if you want a recommendation on a local porter, he’s your man.

Media Coordinator

Sheryl Collmer

Sheryl Collmer

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Sheryl has worked in race management for six years, managing start/finish lines, aid stations, volunteers and courses.  She seeks the strenuous life, and loves to see others find their own confidence, self-sufficiency and serenity in running.

 

Besides volunteering, Sheryl enjoys talking to other runners to find out how they tick, then writing their stories. Her work has been published in UltraRunning Magazine, Central Coast Active and SLO Journal Plus. Sheryl is also a public speaker and accountant.

 

Sheryl is an avid runner and hiker, having completed four dozen marathons, ultras, triathlons and a 500-mile expedition on the Camino de Santiago. She is also an RRCA-certified running coach and has crewed for such races as Badwater and Western States 100.  She is now officially in love with Big Bend, Texas, after volunteering at the 2016 Trans-Pecos Ultra.

Volunteer Info

Want to join the team and become a part of the #TPUtribe? A limited number of volunteer spots are available to those willing to spend 10 days in Big Bend. Full training, room and board as well as inclusion in all activities are included.