Archive for January 7th, 2013

Brenna Boyd, Support Team Member 

Brenna Boyd was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, and has been enjoying the mountains, trails, and open space virtually since birth as the daughter of a land trust founder and conservationist. She began running in sixth grade after being inspired by an article in a tween magazine and has had few breaks from running since. She left Montana for college in North Carolina, work in Chicago, and graduate school in Arizona, where two teammates on the university’s triathlon team gave her the impression that basically everyone had run a marathon and she should probably catch up. This led her to marathon and ultra-distance trail running, which contributed to her move back to Montana in the spring of 2011. She now lives happily two miles east of Bozeman with a cat, two dogs, and two horses, works as both a program coordinator and as a handicapped horseback riding instructor, and organizes her life around her travels, which inevitably involve running.

Quick Facts:

  • Nickname/Trail Name: BB
  • Home: Bozeman!!! 
  • What got you into running? An article in a now-defunct tween magazine called “Jump!” and subtitled “for girls that dare to be real”.
  • How did you first meet Nikki? I had known of Nikki for a couple of years, and we had a few mutual friends that finally got us connected after I moved back to Bozeman. I cold called her and we went running the next day!
  • Why did you become involved in Nikki’s Long Trail expedition? Because I love Nikki and I love adventures with friends.
  • Greatest inspiration: Maybe my dog Shortstop, because he just keeps trucking down the trail and looks so happy the whole time…
  • Biggest fear: Losing my contacts in the woods because I am very nearly blind and would probably die.
  • Favorite food on the trail: I once made up a song about potatoes during a 50-mile. They are pretty great while running, but so are jelly beans and gummy bears…
  • Best adventure: I just returned from Tunisia, which was the most amazing place I’ve ever been – camping in the Sahara was amazing!
  • 3 Things People Should Know About You: 1. I love all animals except for goats, 2. I frequently think in Spanish when I run – I don’t know why, 3. My magazine subscriptions include Martha Stewart Living, the American Quarter Horse Journal, Trail Runner, High Country News, Scuba Diver, and Travel and Leisure. That might be my bio right there.
  • What’s Next?: Training and finishing my first long race since ACL surgery last spring – the Gorge Waterfalls 50k in Oregon in late March.


The film was funded!