Chris was born and raised in rural Chester, MT and attended The University of Montana in Missoula, receiving a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology in 2000. After several years working as a wild land firefighter in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and California, Chris eventually settled in Belle Fourche, SD with his wife, Shannon, and kids, Caiden and Chloe. His “real” job is as a natural resources planner for the U.S. Forest Service in Spearfish, SD. He is also a co-founder of Dakota Endurance, LLC.
Chris began running as a way to get in shape for the rigors of wild land firefighting and, before he knew it, running had become a passion rather than a chore. Beginning with 5Ks, he eventually worked his way up to marathons and then, after moving to the Black Hills, found himself drawn to the trails and, subsequently, ultra marathons. In addition to his co-directing duties for the Black Hills 100, Chris is also the race director of the Rodeo Run 5K in Belle Fourche and the Crow Peak Ascent trail race in Spearfish. When he’s not running, Chris spends much of his free time coaching the youth sports that Caiden and Chloe are involved in, including soccer, baseball, softball, basketball and football.