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“Spartans, prepare for glory!”

“Spartans, prepare for glory!”

Tristan Mitchell

Education: Arapahoe High School (Centennial, CO) - Metro State University (Denver, CO) - NASM Certified Personal Trainer - MWOD Institute certified Mobility WOD Movement & Mobility Specialists Level 2

Running Accomplishments: Denver Marathon - 2:37:09, Colfax Half Marathon - 1:13:24, & Justice Run 10K - 33:49

Favorite Books: Becoming a Supple Leopard, The Story of the Human Body & Outliers

Favorite Movies: Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Captain America, & Thor

Favorite Sport Teams: Green Bay Packers, Denver Nuggets, Manchester United

Favorite Superhero: Superman

Tristan Mitchell was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. He grew up playing sports throughout the early years of his youth, but by the time he reached high school he stopped playing organized sports and began to put on weight. When he was 17 years old, the seed for fitness had been planted in his mind and he began lifting weights. After graduating from Arapahoe High School he had a steady weight lifting regime but was hampered by a poor diet and a relatively low over all activity level. Weighing in at 215 pounds and climbing he knew a change had to be made.

After implementing diet changes, he began running three days per week for 15 minutes. As he started to lose weight and feel better, the mileage increased and ran his first 10k when he was 19. After that 10K, he was hooked on running and racing. Running slowly but surely became a fact of life for him and just before he turned 21 he ran his first marathon, the Denver Marathon in 2006 in a time of 3:19. While pleased, he knew he could do much better and vowed to put in a better effort in 2007. And that he did, he returned to the Denver Marathon and on a cold, rainy day, he ran a 2:53. At that finish line Tristan knew running would forever be a part of his life and he never looked back.

Tristan continued to evolve as a runner and athlete throughout his years in college at Metro State University and after graduating knew he wanted to work in the world of fitness. Driven by helping others achieve their own fitness goals, as he continues to pursue his own, Tristan works as a personal trainer and prides himself on his experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate others.

Tristan has run a total of 13 marathons, with numerous high placing at both local marathons, Denver and Colfax. In 2013, he ran a PR at the Denver Marathon in a time of 2:37:09. You can check out his race results on Athlinks.

"So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it."

"So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it."

Simon Escorcia

Education: Luther College (Decorah, IA) - St. Ambrose University MBA (Davenport, IA)

Running Accomplishments: Indianapolis Monumental Marathon - 2:43:39, Denver Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon - 1:18:46, Justice Run 10K - 35:55, & Des Moines Marathon 5K - 17:00

Favorite Books: Power of Habit, Moneyball, The Sports Gene, & Where Men Win Glory

Favorite Movies: Pulp Fiction, The Departed, & No Country for Old Men

Favorite Sport Teams: Denver Broncos, St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets & University of Illinois Football & Basketball

Favorite Superhero: Batman

Born in the Land of Lincoln, Simon Escorcia was brought up in a family that valued being active and outdoors. At the age of ten, the family moved to Burlington, Iowa along the Mighty Mississippi. Simon’s dad was a runner and cyclist, so he went to races with his dad from a young age and by the age of 13 Simon was competing in road races and duathlons, alongside his father.

Simon attended Notre Dame High School, in Burlington, Iowa and ran track and cross country for the Nikes. After college, Simon went to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he continued his love of running by racing track and cross country for the Norse., while obtaining his B.A. Simon then went on to pursue his M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

After graduate school, Simon took a break from racing competitively, until one day he glanced at a photo of himself and thought “I need to lose weight and get back into shape.” In 2006, Simon started running again and signed up for the Denver Marathon, even though the farthest he had ever raced before was seven miles. Simon finished his first marathon in 3:28:55 and managed to give himself a stress fracture in the tibia by increasing his mileage to rapidly and not being smart about his training.

After that first marathon, Simon caught the marathon bug that so many runners seem to catch and has since completed 11 marathons, you can find a lot of his results on Athlinks.

Simon is the owner of Colorado Race Timing, a successful Colorado race timing company that times over 100 races per year. Simons brings an analytical approach to running, constantly looking at and reviewing data to develop a plan of attack. Combine this with Tristan’s excitement and enthusiasm and you have the foundation of Lions Den Run Club.