TEAM DONATE LIFE ENDURE

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Through awareness, advocacy, education, and fundraising in the endurance and outdoor communities, 

TEAM DONATE LIFE ENDURE promotes organ/tissue donation and mental health. 

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To donate to our beneficiary, the Chris Klug Foundation, please click HERE. Thank you!

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Current Project

WORLD’S TOUGHEST RACE: ECO CHALLENGE FIJI occurs in September 2019 and will air in a 10-episode series on Amazon Prime in 2020. Our squad consists of Travis Macy, Mark Macy, Danelle Ballengee, Shane Sigle, and Andrew Speers, and we’re racing as TEAM ENDURE:

On Team Endure, a 65-year-old Eco Challenge legend and kidney donor with Alzheimer’s teams up with three younger elites: his son, a professional whitewater paddler, and a woman who survived two nights alone in the desert after a deadly fall before being rescued by her dog. 

Our Story

In 1990, my mom, Pam, had a fatal liver disease. Thankfully, she received a life-saving liver from a deceased donor. The liver continues to function well today. Twelve years later, Mom needed a kidney transplant, and her brother, the infamous Uncle B. (finisher of Leadville 100 and many other events), came through with a kidney. That kidney did well for about 15 years, but she needed another transplant in 2017. Another brother, Uncle E. (also finisher of dozens of ultra runs), pulled through with a kidney. Mom is doing well, and Uncle E. finished the Leadville 100 (his 24th finish!) just nine months later. My dad, Mark, wanted to give back, so he provided an anonymous kidney donation in early 2018. Needless to say, organ donation is dear to my heart, and I seek here to support a cause that saves lives.

Mental health has come onto my radar as an essential topic through my work with endurance athletes and growing understanding of the connections between training, racing, overtraining, and well being. It’s my hope that sharing openly about my own experience with depression may empower others to seek help, move forward, and partner in camaraderie.

Thanks for checking out #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com,

Travis

Ambassadors & Partners

ERIC, ANNE, and ETHAN PENCE  This Colorado family loves running ultras. They’ve all finished multiple 100-milers; Ethan finished his first at age 19 and Eric has finished 50 of them, including three since donating a kidney to his sister in December 2017.

ERIC, ANNE, and ETHAN PENCE

This Colorado family loves running ultras. They’ve all finished multiple 100-milers; Ethan finished his first at age 19 and Eric has finished 50 of them, including three since donating a kidney to his sister in December 2017.

JOSHUA STEVENS  Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joshua Stevens is a professional Ultra Marathon athlete based in Estes Park, Colorado. He has numerous Top 10 finishes at races including The Zion 100, The Kodiak 100, The Palmer Lake 24-Hour Death Race, The Rocky Raccoon 50 (x 2), the Badwater Cape Fear 50 and a win at the Bear Chase 100k in 2016. As a decorated combat veteran with over 20-years in the Infantry and a variety of Army Special Opreations Forces he has been awarded the Purple Heart and Two Bronze Stars.  “As a decorated combat veteran with 24-years of service in the United States Army I know personally the challenges facing those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and mental health disorders. It is so very important that people from all walks of life struggling with mental illness know how and where to reach out to for treatment and support. Overcoming the stigma associated with mental health challenges is the first step on the road to caring for members of our communities who need our love, compassion and understanding. Please join me in raising awareness and resources for those in need.”  More about Joshua’s important work with The Herren Project is  here .

JOSHUA STEVENS

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joshua Stevens is a professional Ultra Marathon athlete based in Estes Park, Colorado. He has numerous Top 10 finishes at races including The Zion 100, The Kodiak 100, The Palmer Lake 24-Hour Death Race, The Rocky Raccoon 50 (x 2), the Badwater Cape Fear 50 and a win at the Bear Chase 100k in 2016. As a decorated combat veteran with over 20-years in the Infantry and a variety of Army Special Opreations Forces he has been awarded the Purple Heart and Two Bronze Stars.

“As a decorated combat veteran with 24-years of service in the United States Army I know personally the challenges facing those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and mental health disorders. It is so very important that people from all walks of life struggling with mental illness know how and where to reach out to for treatment and support. Overcoming the stigma associated with mental health challenges is the first step on the road to caring for members of our communities who need our love, compassion and understanding. Please join me in raising awareness and resources for those in need.”

More about Joshua’s important work with The Herren Project is here.

DAVID and MEGAN ROCHE  Multiple national champions in trail running and coaches/founders at  SWAP (Some Work All Play) Running , the Roches are authors of the excellent book,  THE HAPPY RUNNER , which provides captivating stories and actionable advice on perspective, process, mental health, training, dogs, and more.

DAVID and MEGAN ROCHE

Multiple national champions in trail running and coaches/founders at SWAP (Some Work All Play) Running, the Roches are authors of the excellent book, THE HAPPY RUNNER, which provides captivating stories and actionable advice on perspective, process, mental health, training, dogs, and more.

“I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been in the mental health field for twenty years. For a majority of that time I have worked for an employee assistance program working with people from all walks of life struggling with mental health issues, many of whom who were at high risk for suicide. Personally, as an adolescent I struggled with anxiety, depression and was a victim bullying. I was fortunate enough to access mental health services when I was younger and develop tools necessary to overcome these debilitating challenges. My personal mission is to advocate and assist athletes to accessing mental health services, provide counseling and mental skills coaching and to help break down the barriers that the stigma of mental health brings.”  More on Neal’s important work at  www.theresilientmoutainathlete.com .

“I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been in the mental health field for twenty years. For a majority of that time I have worked for an employee assistance program working with people from all walks of life struggling with mental health issues, many of whom who were at high risk for suicide. Personally, as an adolescent I struggled with anxiety, depression and was a victim bullying. I was fortunate enough to access mental health services when I was younger and develop tools necessary to overcome these debilitating challenges. My personal mission is to advocate and assist athletes to accessing mental health services, provide counseling and mental skills coaching and to help break down the barriers that the stigma of mental health brings.”

More on Neal’s important work at www.theresilientmoutainathlete.com.

JAMIE KILCOYNE  Captain of the #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com Skimo Squad and finisher of Leadman and many other adventures, Jamie is  business owner , athlete, father, grandfather, and outstanding guy. His daily example of consistent effort, positive attitude, and gratitude inspires his friends, employees, and comrades in skimo, running, and cyclocross.

JAMIE KILCOYNE

Captain of the #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com Skimo Squad and finisher of Leadman and many other adventures, Jamie is business owner, athlete, father, grandfather, and outstanding guy. His daily example of consistent effort, positive attitude, and gratitude inspires his friends, employees, and comrades in skimo, running, and cyclocross.

TRAVIS MACY  Jamie’s teammate on the #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com Skimo Squad, Travis is an accomplished endurance athlete in a range of disciplines. He works as a coach, author and speaker. Travis believes many endurance athletes are wired for higher highs and lower lows; his own experience with depression, while extremely challenging, encourages him to persevere in helping others navigate their own challenges and successes. Trav’s advice for athletes who may be experiencing depression or other mental health challenges:  Be OK with the fact that you’re not perfect. None of us are.  Take a look around: there are others who struggle as well. You’re not alone.  Shrug the stigma of mental health. Open up. Talk.  Seek help. Therapy and medication have been extremely helpful for me.  Dr. Doug Jowdy, Ph.D. , is highly recommended.  The  Referenced EEG by Mynd Analytics  was very helpful to me in determining best-fit medication.

TRAVIS MACY

Jamie’s teammate on the #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com Skimo Squad, Travis is an accomplished endurance athlete in a range of disciplines. He works as a coach, author and speaker. Travis believes many endurance athletes are wired for higher highs and lower lows; his own experience with depression, while extremely challenging, encourages him to persevere in helping others navigate their own challenges and successes. Trav’s advice for athletes who may be experiencing depression or other mental health challenges:

Be OK with the fact that you’re not perfect. None of us are.

Take a look around: there are others who struggle as well. You’re not alone.

Shrug the stigma of mental health. Open up. Talk.

Seek help. Therapy and medication have been extremely helpful for me. Dr. Doug Jowdy, Ph.D., is highly recommended.

The Referenced EEG by Mynd Analytics was very helpful to me in determining best-fit medication.

Shane Sigle is a former member of Team Montrail and Team Buff, two teams that consistently finished in the top three over a span of approximately ten years on the international Adventure Racing circuit. Shane specializes in the paddling and water aspects of the races and is a two-time member of the USA Canoe and Kayak Team and USA Rafting Team. Shane competed in EcoChallenge Fiji in 2003 and raced with Team Montrail, who was in the top three for the majority of the first five days of the race. We’re stoked to race with Shane at Eco Challenge Fiji 2019!

Shane Sigle is a former member of Team Montrail and Team Buff, two teams that consistently finished in the top three over a span of approximately ten years on the international Adventure Racing circuit. Shane specializes in the paddling and water aspects of the races and is a two-time member of the USA Canoe and Kayak Team and USA Rafting Team. Shane competed in EcoChallenge Fiji in 2003 and raced with Team Montrail, who was in the top three for the majority of the first five days of the race. We’re stoked to race with Shane at Eco Challenge Fiji 2019!