Everywhere I look–even when I shut my eyes–I see the connections people do and could make with themselves, each other, and our planet. I write from the ground level about sports, adventure, the environment, science, and travel to articulate the links I see. I’m the author of Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. I’m iRunFar.com‘s Senior Editor and a contributing editor at Trail Runner. I was additionally a Marathon & Beyond columnist before the periodical ceased publishing at the end of 2015. Visit my writing portfolio to learn more about my writing.


I trail run, mostly. An adventure run in a genuine wilderness is my version of a perfect day. I compete in trail and ultramarathon-distance running races–I ran about 10 of them in 2013–because they also take you to the wild. Backpacking, fastpacking, hiking, and yoga are my choice forms of cross training. I am the 2013 Marathon des Sables women’s champion.


I’m fiercely protective of and I feel right at home in and with that which is wild. I got in big trouble as a small person for trying to reason with a woman wearing a fur coat to a professional hockey game. For a decade, I worked, lived, and played in Big Bend National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Yosemite National Park. These extended encounters with national parks provided me a unique perspective of what the wild needs to thrive. I have also worked as a private outdoor guide in Park City, Utah, where I now live. I get excited about making certain wild places stay wild.

My Vitals

Age | 37
Hometown | Seneca Falls, NY
Current town | Moab, UT
Education | my undergraduate degree is in geology and I possess a M.S. in resource interpretation (non-traditional education practiced in natural places)
Inside my home is | a boyfriend named Bryon, lots of plants and running shoes, and a pile of camping gear ready to hit the road
In my family is | my mom, Sharon, and my older brother, Corey
I dream of traveling to | Bhutan and Iceland

Meghan Hicks running the 2012 Marathon des Sables (Carolyn Schaefer photo credit)