Sadie the Ultra Dog

I got Sadie when she was a puppy in 2006, almost a year before I started running seriously.  I wanted a high-energy dog that would force me to stay active.

We began running regularly when I decided to train for my first marathon in 2007.  From early on, it was clear that she was born to run trails (and herd sledders on snowy hills).

She even joins me during dog-friendly ultramarathons.  She's completed several 50k races, and has been as far as 47 miles in a single day.


Aug 2016 Update - Sadie is 10 years old now, and it's been tough seeing her slow down. The summer heat affects her terribly. When it's over 70 degrees she won't run for more than a couple miles. But winter temperatures and snow make her almost seem young again. I think it's safe to say that her ultrarunning days have passed. But she still loves getting up in the mountains with me for my shorter runs.


Here are a few of my favorite photos of Sadie over the years.

Out on the trails at a young age.

Paradise Point, Moscow Mt., ID


Hells Canyon


Aneroid Mt., OR


Moscow Mt., ID


Heyburn State Park, ID


Moscow Mt., ID


Southern Utah - 2008


At the park


Humphreys Peak, AZ - 2008


Chipman Trail, Pullman, WA

Goblin Valley 50k - 2010


Sadie and her tennis ball
(photo courtesy of Aaron Whiteman)

Video of a 42-mile trail run with Sadie in the Wallowa Mountains - Sept 2012.

Mount Timpanogos, UT - 2014

Bald Mountain, UT - 2014

Uintas, UT - 2015