Laura Haefeli

Age: 45, Years running: 33, Hometown: Del Norte, Colorado, Favorite product: HELIOS WOMEN'S

I don't have one. ):

What are some of your lifetime running goals?

To maintain my position as one of the top masters runners in the country. To explore even more of the world via trails, esp. here in the states - there is so much to see! To run for the health of it! I hope I am still running at 70 and 80 years old! (:

Do you have a claim to fame?

Being the first American woman to have medaled at the World Mt. Running Championships, Individual Bronze Medal, Team USA Gold, Switzerland, '07. Winning over 15 National Championships in the Sports of Summer Biathlon, Mt./Trail Running, & Cross Country Running. Between the years of 1990 and 2012. (This does not include any age group wins.)

Do you have any vices?


What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

LIFE! I try to live each day to its fullest, being a positive example, and a better person each day. (Hopefully, this rubs off on my own children, and the athletes whom I coach and come in contact with!) (:

What drives you to run?

My goals and my health and the beauty that surrounds us! The great feeling of being in shape, I feel so healthy and strong as a runner. Also, my kids sometimes! Ha, ha - it is therapeutic! (:

What is your favorite movie?

A Christmas Story.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Hae, short for my last name Haefeli. The Cross Country athletes started calling me this the first year I was coaching, which was 10 yrs. ago in 2003, and still call me that today. In fact, every year, they still put "STOP HAE!" on their XC t-shirts after the movie about famous runner Steve Prefontaine, where his rivals made shirts that said, "STOP PRE!"

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

Probably an all-nighter in college, either to study, or for St. Patrick's Day. (: It also could have been when my kids were babies, a mom doesn't get much sleep when they are infants! As a matter of fact, I don't think I've had a full nights sleep since my first was born, and that was over 17 years ago!

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?


What did you have for lunch yesterday?

A chocolate Honey Stinger bar with peanut butter, and a cup of tea with Haefeli's Honey. (: (It would normally be a PB&J, or a PB, banana & honey sandwich - with Haefeli's famous Honey, of course! (:

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

Probably see pictures.

What really scares you about trail running?

Mountain lions and crazy people.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

The Crazy and Wonderful Adventures of a Running Mom.

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

Here, in Colorado, or perhaps New Zealand.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

A bear! A baby bear, which, of course, led me to believe that we would be mauled and killed by mama bear! Thank God, we never saw her. But, baby bear, not quite to my shoulders when standing straight up (I am 5'3"), followed us for at least a mile on the trail, running back and forth at us as if wanting to play. The only thing was that looking at it's claws was not so relaxing! They were very long, and sharp, and we didn't know if at any moment he might just claw the heck out of us! This happened on a trail by the Great Sand Dunes.