Silke Koester

Silke Koester

Silke Koester lives in Boulder, CO. She co-founded the local running club, the Rocky Mountain Runners, and runs on the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team. Silke works full-time in the educational non-profit world trying to improve school for under-served kids around the country. She enjoys beekeeping and embarking on overly ambitious DIY home remodeling, landscaping & carpentry projects. Her most recent creation is a her daughter, born in September 2017!

Three Tips for Pacers

Most long ultras in the US allow pacers. These are people who can accompany a runner in the latter portions of a race for safety

Equal Prize and Podium For Women

I am deeply troubled by the arguments that I continually hear and see on social media about why it’s justifiable for races to offer women

Tips for Crewing an Ultra

We often read race reports from runners to glean some insight into their training, race prep and race execution. These reports usually include a shout


We Need Respect, Not Protection

I travel quite a bit around the country for my job bringing educators together to visit the most innovative K-12 schools that are reimagining public


Greatness In Being Little

Stand tall. Hands on hips. Look forward with conviction. Now hold it. Do you feel more powerful? Stronger? Braver? Taking up space can help us


Getting to the Finish

If there’s one thing that’s certain in ultrarunning, it’s that something will go wrong. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when it will happen.