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Wildway Crew Stories: Randi Whitley (Trail Running)

Our Wildway Crew highlights ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Within each of us lies the potential to live life to the fullest. We have the ability to choose our own destiny, live without fear or limits, challenge ourselves and grow, do and be whatever makes us happy. We have the ability to be free. It's how you live a Wildway of life and there are people all around us inspiring others with their actions. We want to celebrate that by highlighting and honoring those who #LiveWild. 

Meet the newest Wildway Crew member:

Randi Whitley

Denver, CO

Wildway of Life = Exploring trails and mountains on my own two feet.

Motto: "You belong."

Here's Randi's story in her own words: 

My Wildway of life is to never stop exploring new places and to never stop being in awe of this remarkable place we live.
I grew up in Montana with a family always ready for adventure!  My dad constantly took my sister and me on camping trips, 4 wheeling adventures, hiking, fishing, skiing, Christmas tree hunting in the woods, sledding and every other sport under the sun.  Ironically, my least favorite activity was hiking; I would complain the entire time, constantly running ahead and back down the trail – insisting moving faster on the trail was way more entertaining. Fast forward 18 years or so and running on the trails fuels my soul.
I moved out to Colorado in college and didn’t know a soul in the state. Running was my only saving grace. I was able to explore the city, experience my new home, stay in shape and meet new people. Over the next eight years, I enjoyed training and running road races, mostly half marathons. About two years ago I met a dear friend of mine, Margaret, who introduced me to the trails. I instantly fell in love and have committed to training and challenging myself in the mountains as much as possible. One of my fondest memories of exploring was running the Bridger Ridge Route up in Montana with some friends. We didn’t see one person on the 18-mile route (so opposite of Colorado), and towards the end of the grueling climbs, we ran into a herd of mountain goats, treacherously climbing down some of the steepest terrains I’d ever seen. I stood in awe of my surroundings, creation, and committed to continually be inspired by nature no matter where I am.
Currently, I work a 9-5 job in accounting out in Golden, CO where I can access the trails from the office.  While accounting and my career don’t relate directly to my passions – I’m so thankful for the flexibility and the ability to be a weekend warrior, exploring often. My future endeavors and dreams include running the Rim to Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon – scheduled for October 2020, backpacking the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, learning mountaineering skills, running the Wonderland Trail, growing a women’s running community in Denver, and raising a family with my husband. 
Never stop exploring friends and live a Wildway of life!