Hi there, my name is Kim, my trail name is Kimba

I am a trail runner and an ultra runner.
Massanutten 100 Trail Race 2011
  I love to run on surfaces other than roads and usually any races/events I attend are ultra marathons-which are distances longer than 26.2 miles.

Why the long distances?  One, it gives you more time to enjoy the trails. Two, running ultras makes  you push yourself.  It gives you more reason to step outside of your comfort zone that most of us cozily reside in.

I am an adventurous person who enjoys pushing herself.  I don't run too many organized races these days, I prefer more low key events.  I don't run for the T-shirt or the medal, although I do appreciate receiving them.  It's mainly about setting out to attain the goal that I set for myself.  Sometimes I don't meet that goal.  Sometimes I am real disappointed in not reaching that goal, but if you never try, you will never know whether you can do it or not.

I am a firm believer in the you can do more than you think you can, and age and weight and gender should not hinder you.  " If you don't mind, it don't matter".

I was a long time Weight Watchers member. I lost 75 lbs on WW, regained about 50 lbs, and  have now lost about 40 of those pounds.
I am now focusing on losing about 10 or 15 more pounds. It's less about a  number on the scale, and more about my "power to weight" ratio, on how quickly I can climb hills or mountains.


My first 100 Mile Race Umstead 2007

Spring 2012 
January 2013

First Female Master, Massanutten 100 Trail Run 2013
Summiting Handies 14,058 feet July 2014

I live in rural Ohio, in the foothills of Appalachia.  My husband and I are ardent foodies, which makes it difficult as there is not a decent restaurant in 60 miles. Consequently, we cook most of our own meals, which is also better for us.

I am a mostly organic gardener and like to grow as many vegetables as I can.  I also forage for some of our greens.  Being a runner who likes to be in the woods helps with this aspect!


  1. You're such an inspiration! I just signed up for my first 50k, and am excited/nervous!!!

  2. Brian R. NewcomerMay 24, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    Your story and som of your words remind me of the following quote...
    "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." Michelangelo


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