The Standhope Team

We are the people that sweat to make the race happen. Good or bad, this is your race organization. As the race grows, we need more help to make this event as successful as possible. Contact us if you are interested.

Ben Blessing

Race Director

10 years of event management with Standhope, Wild Idaho Endurance Runs, and the IMTUF 100 (formerly). Two-time finisher of the Badwater Ultramarathon and a member of the All-Guard Marathon Team.

Email me: use the “ask a question” form here.

Mary Martin

Assistant Race Director

Recently traded the rolling hills of southeastern Tennessee for the rugged beauty of western Idaho. Have been running races for the past 10 years. Looking forward to giving back to the running community by being your assistant race director.

Email me: use the “ask a question” form here.


Radio Communications Director

Sarah Curtright

Medical Director

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Denis Cook

Baptie Lake Aid Station Captain

Denis, a native “flat-lander,” has been running ultra-marathons for going on 14 years and still hasn’t figured out why.  He has proudly found the finish line at 23 100-milers, including a 60-mile death march at Bighorn.

Favorite trail: Granite Mountain — Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Travis Vandenburgh

Surprise Valley Aid Station Captain

Travis helps direct the Outdoor Program and Outdoor Leadership Academy at Sun Valley Community School and derives true joy in supporting people doing hard things in the mountains. Serving as a Standhope volunteer each year since the race’s inception, Travis’ experience as a Wilderness First Responder, HAM radio operator, Spotify playlist ninja, logistics nerd, and junior varsity ultra runner, help him contribute to a memorable aid station experience for our racers.

Scott Smyer

Kane Creek Aid Station Captain

Scott has a long history with the Standhope Ultra Challenge. He has finished the 60K three times.

Want to work with us?

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