Hive Spotlight

Get to Know Trail and Mountain Runner Sam Sahli

We caught up with Hive athlete Sam Sahli to learn about his passion for running, and his recent success in the sport.

Photo by Jamil Coury

Athlete

Sam Sahli

Where is home?

I am originally from Evergreen, CO but currently residing in Gunnison, CO.

What is your primary sport?

Trail and mountain running with a bit of skimo on the side.

What is your profession?

Aerospace Engineer at Ball Aerospace

How did you get into this sport and how many years have you been participating?

I started running in 2009 during my freshman year of High School with the Evergreen cross country team. After running cross country and track for 4 years in high school, and then 5 more years in college, I decided to switch things up for bigger and more challenging races. I’ve been running for almost exactly 10 years, and just finished my first year as a trail and ultra runner. I changed running disciplines for the challenge, community and mountain scenery!

Why do you compete?

I love to challenge my limits, see new places, and most importantly, have fun! Mountain endurance sports have a great community of people with similar mindsets, and I’m fortunate to be a part of that. I race to test my limits and see what I am capable of. But mainly, I do it to get out and enjoy the world around me with like-minded people. I’m very driven to reach my potential, whatever it may be, by improving over time with consistent training. There are ups and downs with any endeavor, but the experience along the way is what makes it all worth it.

What is your greatest personal accomplishment?

Making two US teams in my first year as a trail runner. In 2019, I qualified for the US Trail Team that competed in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal on June 8th. I also recently qualified for the US Long Distance Mountain Running Team that will compete in Neuquen, Argentina on November 16th.

Photo by Jamil Coury

What are your big bucket list events or runs?

UTMB in Chamonix, France. I believe this race epitomizes mountain and trail running with a massive amount of climbing on a classic route. It will take several more years of diligent training in the mountains to be ready for this one, but it is my dream race.

Are there pieces of advice you have learned over the years and would like to pass on?

1) The experiences you have and friendships you develop along the way in your athletic career are much more memorable and important than race results. Good or bad, races come and go, but time spent in amazing places and with great people will be remembered forever. 

2) Keep your easy training days easy! Recovery is where all the fitness gains are made. 

3) Fuel often. During longer 3+ hour races, I take a Honey Stinger Energy Gel every 30 minutes. I shoot for around 200 calories an hour, and these gels are he perfect tool to stay energized. 

What is your favorite Honey Stinger product and flavor?

Strawberry Waffles! I’m also a sucker for a Cracker Bar

Is there someone in your sport who you look up to?

My coach, Travis Macy. Travis has been an ultra endurance athlete for quite a while, and has overwhelming amounts of enthusiasm and experience to share with all of the athletes he coaches. He reminds you to enjoy the process and experience of training and racing, which increases overall enjoyment. He’s a great athlete, and an even better person. 

Photo by Jamil Coury

Follow along with Sam’s adventures:

Instagram: sam_sahli
Twitter: sam_sahli