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About Mountain Goat Running

Mountain Goat Running was created to share Sam Rush’s passion for running. After suffering an injury that prevented him from running and spending time with his friends in training and at events, Sam decided to get back into race event management. He volunteered at events in a variety of roles to learn about all aspects ranging from registration to race operations.

Mountain Goat Running believes in supporting the running community at large. It is a member of the American Trail Running Association (
ATRA).

Support is not just limited to running centered organizations, but also societal based running organizations such as
Defeat the Stigma Project. Defeat the Stigma Project promotes Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy through various speaking engagements at school and running stores through out the year and by doing events like Run Across Wisconsin. During the run the group stops at local schools speaking about mental health and letting students know he/she is "Not Alone."
About Sam
Sam started running by joining the cross country team his senior year in high school. He now runs on all terrains: road, track, and trails. He has covered distances ranging from 1 mile to 50k. 

Starting in 2007 Sam started coaching. He has coached over 300 runners to reach their goals ranging from completing the distance to personal records to qualifying for the Boston Marathon in events from 10k to marathon.

From 2008-2014 Sam was a member of the USA Track & Field Minnesota Board of Directors. He held the positions of: Secretary and Mountain/Ultra/Trail Committee Chair along with Chair of the Twin Cities Marathon Expo sub committee. 

Prior to Sam’s naming of Mountain/Ultra/Trail Committee Chair, there was no Mountain/Ultra/Trail part of the Minnesota Association. In Sam’s time as Chair he created the Ultra and Trail Championships, started the yearly honor and recognition of the Female and Male Runners of the Year, created the MUT Series-a series of 5-6 events ranging from 5k to 50k trail races where participants earned points for placement and mileage based upon miles races, and association sponsored events throughout the Twin Cities. 

As a member of the USATF Minnesota Board of Directors Sam promoted creating membership value by advocating for the Annual Awards Celebration to be free for all members along with other events and defining the benefits of membership. He also promoted membership through visibility of USATF Minnesota at races and expos, and the idea that all runners should want to be members of USA Track & Field.

At the National level of USA Track & Field, Sam was the chair of the Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council’s Rules Committee. As Chair Sam sought to have Mountain/Ultra/Trail specific rules in the Rule Manual. These rules would be standards for all USATF championships and sanctioned events.

In 2012 Sam purchased a Time Machine and started timing the races he directed. Shortly after Wayzata Results asked him to time events with them starting out with road races. He is now times road races, cross country races and track meets.

In 2013 Sam joined the MDRA Race Committee and in 2014 took over the race directing duties for the MDRA 7 Mile. In 2015 Sam was asked to serve a 1-year term as a member MDRA Board of Directors. Instead of running to be member of the Board of Directors, he asked the position of MDRA Race Director. In addition to directing the 7 Mile, he now directs the Mississippi 10 Mile, MDRA 15k, Victory Labor Day Races including the Steve Williams 5k and Jeff Winter City of Lakes Half Marathon. 

In 2014 Sam became an Authorized Athlete Representative (agent) through the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and USA Track & Field (USATF). 

From 2014-2016 Sam was a member of the Twin Cities in Motion (TCIM) Association as a member of the Communications and Public Relations committee assisting with pre race and post race interviews, and social media coverage of TCIM events. Starting in 2014 he became a member of the Red White & Boom Organization committee. His role has been co-start/finish line director and is now the 5k start line director.

Late 2016 Sam joined Mtec Results and assisting with timing and race prep for road races, cross country ski races among others.