Name: Silke "Smooth" Koester
Hometown: Take a guess!
Current residence: Boulder, CO
Sponsors: Simple Hydration, Feetures Socks, CarboPro
Personal Bests (or Worsts): Personal worst: slipping on a slimy swamp boardwalk and landing on a nail in the middle of an unsupported point-to-point 50K race in the middle of nowhere Adirondacks. Personal best: Crossing the finish line of my first 100 mile race at Western States last year & earning that silver belt buckle.
Notable Achievements: Keeping up with my husband, Ryan, for the last 35 miles of both of his 100 mile races (and wins) last year.
Favorite trails: The ones that go uphill.
Favorite workout: Never-ending grinding uphills.
Favorite races: San Juan Solstice 50 for the unbelievably beautiful high mountain trails, and for the small town community enthusiasm and support.
Favorite beer: A pitcher of FYIPA on Monday nights at Boulder’s Southern Sun Brewery with the Rocky Mountain Runners, and a Negra Modelo on my deck on a hot summer day.
Why/Trail/Mountain/Ultra Running?: Because I get beaten by women 20+ years older than me.