Leor Pantilat

Age: 27, Years running: 15, Hometown: San Carlos, California, Favorite product: Crosslite


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

Run in as many wild and rugged places as possible, which will definitely include more adventures in the High Sierra of California and the North Cascades of Washington State.

Do you have a claim to fame?

2010 and 2011 Quad Dipsea champ and Course Record holder; 2009 and 2010 Way Too Cool 50k champ; 2009-2011 Ohlone Wilderness 50k champ and Course Record holder; Quicksilver 50 mile and 50k Course Record Holder Climbing remote mountains fast; FKTs on Mount Olympus(WA), the Ptarmigan Traverse (WA), and the Rae Lakes Loop (CA)

Do you have any vices?

Cookies & Cream, yum.

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

As a runner, I seek to be inspired by my surroundings, whether it be singletrack in a lush redwood forest, sweeping views of rugged mountains, or pristine coastline. In the real world, I enjoy talking to people about my next adventure, travel, and photography.

What drives you to run?

Experiencing nature in the purest form. Accessing remote and wild destinations in a day that would otherwise require multiple days to backpack is a very rewarding feeling. It's tough to beat traveling through the wilderness light and fast.

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Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Lungs and legs. From ascending and scrambling steep slopes in the mountains fast.

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

40 hours. Anticipation of gorgeous scenery precluded sleep the night before an adventure run.

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

Washington, my home state. The best alpine climbing in the lower 48 is found in the North Cascades mountains of Washington, which are characterized by a striking combination of glaciers, temperate rainforest, and chiseled peaks. Some of my most memorable adventure runs have traveled through this gorgeous mountain range, known as the “American Alps”.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Turkey sandwich with tomato and spinach, Greek yogurt, an apple, and pita chips.

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

Music, and my taste is eclectic.

What really scares you about trail running?

I'm addicted to it.

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

In search of rugged.

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

Woodside, CA - great weather and great trails make trail running possible with a busy work schedule. The location also affords easy access to a plethora of parks and trails including the Santa Cruz Mountains, Marin, Pt. Reyes, Big Sur, Tahoe, Yosemite and the High Sierra.

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

A half blown over tree (with sharp knobs) hovering over the trail met my head in the pre-dawn hours resulting in six stitches on the scalp. When I went back to that spot a week later the tree had fallen over; I won!