Adventure Racers Extraordinaire! And Real People, Too!
Team Stray Dogs is one of the worlds premier expedition distance adventure racing teams. The Stray Dogs are known worldwide and have raced in almost every major expedition distance adventure race in the world. For the 2004 Primal Quest adventure race, the team will include:
Marshall Ulrich —adventure racer, ultra runner, mountaineer
Mark Macy —adventure racer, snow shoe champion, ultra runner, tri-athlete
Adrian Crane —adventure racer, orienteering champion, ultra runner, mountaineer
Dianette Strange —adventure racer, mountaineer
As a team, we have as much expedition distance adventure racing experience as any team in the world. Collectively, the team has competed in 29 Eco Challenge, 8 Raid Gauloises, and 3 Primal Quest races. Individually we have raced in the most difficult endurance events the world has to offer including the following.
Eco Challenge —all nine to-date, multi-day, multi-discipline adventure race
Raid Gauloises —international multi-day, multi-discipline adventure race
Primal Quest — U.S. based multi-day, multi-discipline adventure race
Adventure Races— Adrenaline Rush, Cal-Eco, Hi-Tech series, etc.
Marathon Des Sables —160 miles across the Sahara Desert
Badwater — 146 miles across Death Valley to the summit of Mt Whitney, in July
Iditasport —100-mile snowshoe or foot race, 100 miles on the Iditarod trail in Alaska
Ultras —A multitude of 100 mile runs and hundreds of other ultra-distance events
We are extremely professional as racers and business associates with our sponsors. Our team name – as well as our logo – is recognized throughout the adventure-racing world.
Marshall Ulrich, 54, is the only person in the world to complete the Triple Crown of Extreme Sports: world class ultra runner, record setting adventure racer, and Seven Summits mountaineer. Marshall has completed over 113 ultra marathons averaging over 100 miles each and has reached the summit of each of the Seven Summits, including Mount Everest, all on first attempts. He has competed in 16 expedition length adventure races, including all nine Eco Challenge adventure races – something only two other people in the world have done. Marshall has crossed Death Valley a record 18 times, including a solo and 586-mile quad crossing, and has won the Badwater 146-mile race from minus 282 feet to the 14,494-foot summit of Mount Whitney a record 4 times. He has finished a record 13 Badwater 146 ultra marathons and 12 Leadville Trail 100s. He is the only person to have completed the Leadville Triple Crown of Racing – having biked, run, and kayaked 100 miles each on consecutive weekends at over 10,000 feet – and is the only person to have completed the Leadville Trail 100 and Pikes Peak Marathon on the same weekend. In 1989, he was the first person to complete six 100-mile trail races – finishing top-10 in five of them – in the same year. With a personal best of 142 miles, he is a two time silver medalist in the national 24-hour championship. He was on the cover of the June 2004 addition of Adventure Sports Magazine, and was highlights as one of the athletes "Over 50 and Kicking Your Butt." In December 2001, Outside magazine named Marshall "Endurance King" as part of their "A-Team – the 25 best athletes in their fields." He was also on the cover of the June/July 2001 issue of Trail Runner magazine and was highlighted as one of the "Legends of the Trail – 10 runners with a living legacy." During his career, he as raised over $330,000 for various charities, including the Religious Teachers Filippini. He has written articles for various publications, and is available for speaking engagements, especially as a part of fundraising efforts for nonprofit organizations. Marshall is the proud parent of Elaine 27, Taylor 22, and Alexandra 16. He and his wife, Heather, live near Idaho Springs, CO.
For a complete resume, please see Ulrich Resume.
Mark Macy, 50, has been a runner and tri-athlete for more than 19 years. He has competed in 8 Eco Challenges and the 2003 Subaru Primal Quest. His adventure racing career started after two decades of mountaineering, ice and rock climbing, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and backcountry telemark skiing. Mark is a three-time winner of the Iditasport Snowshoe Race, which covers 100 miles on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska. In 1996 he won the Masters Division of the World Snowshoe Championship. He has finished the Leadville Trail 100 run 5 times, the Leadville Trail 100 bike 4 times, and the Old Dominion 100. His desert racing experience includes the Marathon des Sables, 160 miles across the Sahara desert in Morocco, and Badwater, 146 miles across Death Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney (second place in 1994). Along with Marshall, Mark completed the Pikes Peak Quad, four continuous round trips to the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak with 36,000 feet of elevation gain over 106 miles. Mark's triathlon experience includes the Ironman, five Mountain Man Winter Triathlons (top age group finisher), and the Evergreen High Country Triathlon (4-time age group winner). Twice he was a top 5 finisher of the Mr. Taylor Quadrathon. Mark is a certified scuba diver and is experienced in many disciplines including ropes/rock climbing, mountaineering, ice and snow climbing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. Mark is a trail lawyer in Denver, Colorado . He and his wife Pam live in Evergreen, Colorado and are the proud parents of Travis 22, Katelyn 21, Keegan 19, and Donavahn 10.
For a complete resume, please see Macy Resume.
Adrian Crane, 48, has a multitude of adventure sport accomplishments, including being one of three people in the world to have competed in all 9 Eco Challenges, with two 2nd place finishes, one 4th place finish, and one 7th place finish. He has competed in 4 Raid Gauloises adventure races, the 2003 Subaru Primal Quest, the Hi-Tech adventure race series, the Dragon's Back 220, and the Western Isles Challenge. In 1997, Adrian was the US National Long Distance Orienteering Champion, and he is an experienced navigator for expedition length adventure races. His mountaineering accomplishments include reaching the summits of Denali and Aconcagua, as well as setting the record for the Colorado 14ers and the Hi-Tec 50 Peaks Expedition. He holds the record (almost 23,000 feet) for manpowered descent from the summit of Aconcagua to the sea in 23 hours, and held the Guinness Book of World Records high altitude bicycling record (20,300 feet) on Mt Chimbaorazo. He has completed the Iditafoot 100 mile arctic running race, a winter ascent of Mount Shasta, the Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Classic, and the Anchorage Dog Sled Race. Other 100-mile or over events include the Hard Rock 100, Gibson Ranch Race, Western States 100, Angeles Crest 100, and Badwater 146. In 1983, Adrian ran 2,040 miles through the Himalayas in 101 days, raising $100,000 for charity. Adrian is a certified scuba diver and is experienced in ropes/rock climbing, mountaineering, ice and snow climbing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. Adrian is a software engineer. He and his wife Karen live in Modesto, California with their sons Johnathan 19 and Christopher 16.
For a complete resume, please see CraneResume.
Dianette Strange, 37, has competed in 12 adventure races including the 2002 Eco Challenge Fiji, 2002 Raid Gauloises Vietnam, 2001 Eco Challenge New Zealand, and 2000 Eco Challenge Borneo. Additional adventure races have included the Panama Rainforest Extreme, Expedition British Virgin Islands (BVI), Discovery Channel World Championships, Salomon X-Adventure Race, Cal-Eco Monterey, Corsica Raid, Catalina Adventure Race, and WalkAbout Adventure Race. Dianette has reached the summit of three of the “Seven Summits” – Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, and Kilimanjaro in Africa – all on first attempts. Additional mountaineering experience includes climbing schools on Mount Hood and Mount Rainer, and the summit of Mount Whitney in 1998 as well as 17 times in 2001 (approximately every three to four weeks, with and without snow) to train for the 2001 Eco Challenge in New Zealand, a race that had the vertical gain equivalent to climbing Mount Everest...twice. She is a certified scuba diver (advanced open water), certified whitewater rescue technician, and is experienced in many disciplines including ropes/rock climbing, mountaineering, rafting, outrigger paddling, horseback riding, kayaking, and canoeing. In 2003, her co-ed team finished first in their division in the Race Across America, and she is an expert mountain biker. She is active in fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is the co-founder of the Malibu, California chapter. She also races as Team Cure Parkinsons for a friend who will win the race against Parkinsons. Dianette lives in Malibu, California and is the proud mother of Brianna 13, Johnny 12, and MacKenna 7.
For a complete resume, please see StrangeResume.
Because we are real people with jobs, spouses, and families (a total of 12 kids between Marshall, Mark, Adrian and Dianette!) – who couldn't race without the support of our sponsors – sometimes the Stray Dogs team changes a bit between events in order to accommodate everyone's schedules and resources. The Stray Dogs are proud to have raced with some of the strongest and most experienced adventure racers in world, including Jodi Zwicky, Mo Monaghan, Charlie Engle, Mike Kloser, Rebecca Rusch, and Pat Harper.
Jodi Zwicky,34, has done treks or expeditions in over 30 countries. She has competed in over 40 adventure races including Eco Challenge 2002 in Fiji, both Subaru Primal Quest races, the Eco Challenge Canadian Championships, two Appalachian Extreme races, and the Eco Challenge North American Championships where her team of three women and one man was the 1st place US team. Jodi's team won the 2003 Beast of the East and she is a winner of the NYARA P&S adventure race. She has assisted on three work projects in remote locations in East Africa and Central America. She is a certified scuba diver and is certified in ropes/rock climbing, mountaineering, ice and snow climbing, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing; and holds a Wilderness First Responder certificate. She serves on the US Adventure Racing Association Advisory Board as a racer representative. Jodi manages a family business and lives in Robesonia, Pennsylvania.
Maureen "Mo" Monaghan, 37, has been a member of the Irish National Mountain Bike Team, professional bike racer, professional mountain bike racer, and has won many short and long course adventure races. In 2000, Mo demonstrated that she was a world class expedition adventure racer. Racing in her first Eco Challenge in Borneo as a member the Stray Dogs, Mo proved to be exceptionally strong, highly motivated, extremely skilled, and very hard to keep up with. Her expedition length adventure racing experience includes Eco Challenge New Zealand 2001 (also with the Stray Dogs), the 2001 Discovery Challenge World Championships in Switzerland, and Eco Challenge Fiji 2002. Mo is a professional adventure racer who lives in Texas with her husband.
Charlie Engle, 40, has been a competitor in Eco Challenge Fiji 2002 as a member the Stray Dogs, Raid Gauloises 2002 Vietnam (also with the Stray Dogs), Eco Challenge New Zealand 2001, Sabah Raid Gauloises, Iron Man Hawaii , Badwater 146, and the Valley of the Sun Ultra Marathon. Charlie has competed in over 100 triathlons, 40 marathons, 6 ultra marathons, and is a certified scuba diver. Charlie is an accomplished mountain climber and summited Denali with Marshall and other members of an ad hoc Stray Dogs team in 2002. In 2003, his co-ed team (including Dianette) finished first in their division in the Race Across America. Charlie won the 2003 Gobi March, a six-stage, 250-kilometer footrace across the Gobi Desert of China. Charlie lives in Summerfield, North Carolina, and is the proud father of two sons.