Meet the Team

Kriste Peoples is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to share her love of trails, whether she’s running, hiking, snowshoeing, or backpacking. She’s an instructor for the Women’s Wilderness Institute, our head beginner trail running coach, Wilderness First Responder and a leader for Outdoor Afro and Women’s Wilderness Institute AND a proud coach for L2S Fitness–all of which means she can often be found pointing excitedly at park maps and cheering adventurous souls around the next turn.
Having made an unofficial shift away from road running just few short years ago, she’s still discovering the beauty of Colorado’s numerous trails, and has yet to find an adventure she loves more than trail running.
By day, she works at a New Age media company that shares in another of her passions: making the world a better, brighter place.


Meet Brie Bustos!

My name is Brie and I moved to Golden, CO almost 20 years ago from a little town in Iowa.  I came out here to finish college and fell in love with all things this amazing state has to offer.  For the 1st ten years I lived here I saw Colorado as a triathlete.  Spending my summers swimming, biking and running all around the front range.  Winter was reserved for skiing.  I’ve been an avid skier since I moved here and began back country skiing a couple years ago to get away from the crowds and closer to mother nature.  I’ve fallen in love with skinning and the uphill skiing portion that back country skiing has to offer.  I’ve given up triathlons for now to focus on paddle boarding, mountain biking and hiking in warmer temps. I have two kiddos and two cats who love the outdoors as much as I do!  You will see them on the trails with me – snow, sun, water and all.  I love sharing my passion for travel, adventure and the outdoors with anyone wanting to learn!  And if you ever get me started talking gear you may never shut me up!
Brie is co-leading our mountain biking courses + groups and she is also the Colorado Chapter lead of our partner Switchback Chics of Colorado.  You can read more about her adventures and training/gear insights on her blog HERE.  


Lauren Jones grew up in Littleton, CO and has been running, biking and hiking the front range trails for over 20 years!  She has her degree in exercise science and sports performance and has been working as a trainer and coach for 15 years.  Lauren is the mother of 2 active little boys and is the founder of Life’s 2 Short Fitness.  She is passionate about introducing women to new sports and empowering them to overcome obstacles, build confidence and explore the outdoor world.  Learn more about Lauren here.


Meet Susan Yasuhara!
I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and moved to Colorado 16 years ago.  After moving to Colorado, I became a triathlon coach so I could help women achieve their goal to do their first triathlon (I can’t believe it’s been over 25 years since I did my first triathlon!), learn how to run or overcome their fear of the water.  I especially enjoy helping the non-traditional athlete, such as those who may not have grown up doing sports, Athenas and older athletes.
I am the owner of Karma Multisport, a women’s multisport team, where I provide group and private triathlon/swim coaching, training plans and bring people together for social and workout activities.
Open water and swimming are special areas of interest for me, especially since experiencing a near drowning as a child and having to get over my fear of water for so many years.  I finally learned how to swim in my 30s, and have since done several open water swims – Washington Bridge, Portland Bridge relay, Alcatraz, and soon the Long Bridge Swim in Idaho.  My goal is to do one of the open water swim trips in the Galapagos and the Greek Cyclades.  Overcoming a fear of water is challenging mentally, physically and emotionally but with the right mindset and focus tools, you can do it, too!
I started mountain biking over 2 years ago and found it terrifying, challenging, and exciting to learn a new skill later in my athletic career.  I look forward to helping newbies in the sport to build their confidence and master a new sport so they can explore what the trails of Colorado and surrounding states have to offer. When I’m not lifeguarding, volunteering at the Denver Zoo, traveling or working out, I’m planning my next adventure to see what new challenge I can conquer.  I look forward to working with the L2S community of adventure seekers and helping you achieve your next goal.


Tonya Fuller has been running for almost 30 years. She spends a lot of the time on the road, but found a love of trail running after moving to Colorado 7 years ago.  Tonya has also been a triathlete for the past 10 years, competing in distances from sprint to Iron distance, and enjoys XC skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking as well. Recently, she became a certified UESCA run coach and loves working with people to improve form and speed in running. Tonya’s “real” job is as a Physical Therapist, a wife, and mother to her 4 legged fur baby.


 
Kelly Donnelly lives to play in the mountains and share the mountain joy of movement with others. You can find her trail running, mountain biking, alpine & XC skiing, camping, and identifying wildflowers along the way. She’s a Physical Education teacher, Girls on the Run coach and ambassador, ski instructor for the National Sports Center for the Disabled, and former personal trainer. She joined as an L2S Trailblazer last summer and will guide the pack as a running coach this season. Years of adventuring in Alaska introduced her to her love of peaks, trails & scanning for wildlife. While she misses those vast mountains, she’s eager to continue exploring Colorado’s beautiful and humbling trails. She’s eager to continue leading others to discover their abilities, gain confidence, develop habits of play & shine bright.
 

 
Sara Spolrich has been on the move for over ten years. Starting out with short road races and triathlons she then progressed to trail ultra distances where she found her happy place. Her love of ultra-distance running spawned after hiking and running up and down the east coast by way of the Appalachian Trail. She feels most inspired by moving fast and light in the mountains, but you’ll catch her signed up for a few races here and there. Sara landed in Golden a year and a half ago after spending a year climbing across the country. Most days you’ll find Sara outside. With so many trail systems and endless mountain ranges to chose from its hard to take a day off!
 

Alexandra Hanley is a Michigan native who relocated to Colorado in 2008. After a several road half marathons and a few full marathons in this beautiful state, she started running trails with Lifes2Short and forever chose dirt over pavement. Since then, she’s completed two 50ks and a few trail half marathons, and is always looking for the next challenge while training with this incredible group of women. When there’s snow on the ground you’ll find her snowshoeing, boarding and trail running. Warmer months are reserved for hiking 14ers (25 peaks to-date), camping, mountain biking, and of course more trail running – anything active to balance out her other love in life…eating.
 
Alexandra is also an active member of the community, spending her free time serving on the associate board for board Girls on the Run of the Rockies since 2016 and has been a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado since 2012.

Lisa Orgren moved to Colorado from Southern California 2 years ago and fell in love with trail running. She enjoys the challenge of the climb, the beauty of nature surrounding her and the speed of the descent. But even more than that, she loves the amazing women she’s met who run with her.  As a new trailblazer, she can’t wait to share her enthusiasm and the art of the running selfie with others.  In addition to trail running, Lisa enjoys training for and competing in triathlons, obstacle course races and road running races.


 
Helena Harman is a native of the east coast but has spent most of her adult life in Colorado.
She enjoys multi-sport, primarily running and cycling and is Boston Marathon runner to boot!  A highlight in her athletic accomplishments includes completing Race Across America (cycle race across the country) as part of a 4-woman team where they were the first women to finish.
Helena is also a certified yoga instructor.  Next time you see her on the trail, challenge her to hold a tree pose, she can do so for more than 5 minutes on each leg!  Helena started trail running just 3 years ago with L2S and is looking forward to helping women gain confidence on the trails as a new trailblazer!

Meet Nicole LaCroix!

Originally from the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, to the beaches of Corpus Christi, Texas, and a lot of gypsy travel in between, I landed in Colorado eight years ago and have been enjoying biking, skiing, hiking, and running. I also enjoy gardening, cooking, and baking, as well as drinking good wine and spending time with family and friends. I joined L2S fall 2018 and started trailblazing for the beginning mt. bike groups this year.  Mountain biking is my jam.  I’ve skated roller derby and run a couple of marathons (happy to collect the 5 hour finishers medal). This year I’m toying with the idea of a bike race, maybe.  I turn 50 this year and it feels really significant…and awesome.

Kelcey Sherd was born in raised in Michigan before schooling took her out west. She moved to Colorado in 2018 and has been exploring Colorado one trail at a time ever since. In her free time you can catch her mountain biking, trail running, snowboarding, rock climbing and enjoying the outdoors with her dog.  During the day she works as an Orthotist/Prosthetist helping people regain their mobility so they too can get outside and achieve their goals.  She is looking forward to helping others discover the great outdoors and stay active through L2S!



Lisa Davis is a native Texan who came to Denver in 2012.  As a former college basketball player, she’s no stranger to sports, but didn’t discover a love for running until her mid-30s.  She was a road runner for several years, completing two full marathons (New York City and Chicago) and many half marathons, 10k’s, and 5k’s, but after being introduced to the Colorado trails has forever been converted to a trail runner!  You’ll find Lisa outdoors exploring our beautiful state trail running, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and practicing yoga.



Leah Coil is a Southern California Native, who grew up living near and playing on the beaches of LA & the OC (surfing/SUP’n, beach volleyball, road biking and rollerblading. She also was a ballet dancer and practiced a few forms of martial arts). She started mountain biking in 2008 and gave up road biking for good to play in the dirt. Shortly after that, she joined an all women’s mountain bike group in So. OC (Trail Angels); where encouragement, instruction and friendships were made. Through that experience she developed a desire to share her passions of mountain biking and SUP’n and seeing women conquer their fears and self-limitations, building confidence and empowering them while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors and the shared strength of the women around them. In 2014, she had the opportunity to move to Colorado and has loved every moment exploring. Leah is looking forward to coaching both mountain biking and SUP through L2S! Let’s Ride!