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Luke Nelson


Pocatello, ID


Luke spent his childhood wandering the mountains, but it wasn’t until he agreed to a really bad bet, which involved a marathon, that he found running. Now, Luke relies on long mountain runs for his everyday connection to the natural world. He strives to maximize each hour by balancing his time as a physician assistant, race director, husband and father.


  • 3rd US Skyrunning Series 2016
  • FKT of the 12,000′ peaks in Idaho
  • 2012 US Ski Mountaineering Champion

2017 GOALS

2017 is a year of exploring possible. I am looking at several adventures that have me honestly questioning whether or not there is success. This will include linking together long technical ridge lines in Idaho, Utah, and Colorado.


When I went out for track in Middle School the coach told me to find a different sport, so instead of running I climbed, skied and kayaked. I didn’t actually start running until I was in my late 20’s.


  • Chocolate Coconut Roctane Energy Gel


In long races I like to mix two different flavors of Energy Gel in a flask to create different flavors. One of my favorites: Mandarin Orange and Vanilla, it tastes like an orange creamsicle.